Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Mmmmm. Punch. My Favorite.

Please accept my apologies. The following is a mostly serious-ish post about something I usually try to avoid discussing like I would normally avoid the plague or Oprah Winfrey. *Continue reading at your own risk*

I have another confession to make. A few years ago I stopped voting. Period. I know, don't say it. I should be taken out and shot for that.
 I am of the firm belief that if a politicians mouth is moving, he or she is lying. On occasion even to themselves as much as others. Now, that's not to say that alot of the people that hold office in this great land of ours aren't good people. I'd say the majority of them are good neighbors. It's the nature of the beast as much as anything. You can start out with a bucket full of good intentions but in the end you'll always be proudly walking down the street holding a bucket full of shit. I feel this holds true regardless of party affiliation, gender or religion. I also refuse to align myself with a specific political party for pretty much the same reasons. Both parties are equally peopled with fools, narcissistic assholes and the true believers known in our house as punch drinkers. As much as I think Nancy Pelosi to be as dangerous an evil lunatic that has ever wandered the capitol building, I consider one of our own wonderful senators, Mike Lee to be such an out of touch loony as to make me embarrassed to tell people I'm from Utah. Sometimes the things he says makes me want to grab people in the supermarket and yell, "what is wrong with you!". As much as I find the details of Obama care horrifying, I hope I'm not naive enough to believe that a Republican president will do anything but find something equally useless on which to spend ridiculous amounts of money and shove down our throats with the argument that it's good for us. There seems to be something that occurs when you take any sort of oath of office. From the Mayor of Pleasant Grove to the President and in between, a sort of brain shift that makes you instantly convinced you know what your constituents NEED in spite of what they might tell you they want. If I hear one more person talk about "it's what the American people want" I'm going to vomit all over myself. When someone says that what they really mean is, "this is what I've decided the American people SHOULD want". And don't tell me that if I don't like it I should vote to change it. Oh my child. Honey; not only is it a choice between the same person just wearing a different suit, I live in one of the reddest states in the country. I may as well go in and vote for Elmer Fudd for all the good it would do. Not that I have much against him except that he will say anything to anybody as long as he gets to be president but, hello! Mitt Romney is(kind of) a Mormon so I'm pretty sure we can guess who will take Utah through the primaries to the election. There are a few too many punch drinkers around here for there to be any other outcome. (see Mike Lee above) So then, in honor of Super Tuesday, I culled a few gems from my massive Quote collection that really say it better than I could in a million years for you to mull over on your way to vote.   

"In statesmanship get the formalities right, never mind about the moralities."-Mark Twain
"Trade and commerce, if they were not made of India-rubber, would never manage to bounce over the obstacles which legislators are continually putting in their way; and, if one were to judge these men wholly by the effects of their actions and not partly by their intentions, they would deserve to be classed and punished with those mischievous persons who put obstructions on the railroads."-Henry David Thoreau

"What is earnest is not always true; on the contrary, error is often more earnest than truth." -Benjamin Disraeli
"Authority poisons everybody who takes authority on himself."-Lenin
"It could probably be shown by facts and figures that there is no distinctly native American criminal class except Congress."-Mark Twain

"A man of such obvious and exemplary charm must be a liar."-Anita Brookner
"Politics are for foreigners with their endless wrongs and paltry rights. Politics are a lousy way to get things done. Politics are, like God's infinite mercy, a last resort."-P.J. O'Rourke
"When the doctrine of allegiance to party can utterly up-end a man's moral constitution and make a temporary fool of him besides, what excuse are you going to offer for preaching it, teaching it, extending it, perpetuating it? Shall you say, the best good of the country demands allegiance to party? Shall you also say it demands that a man kick his truth and his conscience into the gutter, and become a mouthing lunatic, besides?" -Mark Twain

*And lastly this gem from one of the last men to make it to the Oval office with a few convictions that actually were his own. At least he was willing to tell it like it is-
"Politics is supposed to be the second oldest profession. I have come to realize that it bears a very close resemblance to the first."-Ronald Reagan
P.S. I didn't change the usual quote on the sidebar because it's too good and it really seems to apply here too.


KrystaLyn said...

I'm sorry, and you know I love you, but this is the kindof attitude that makes me want to punch everyone I see in the face. It is the lack of even giving a crap by the majority that is flushing this country down the toilet. The apathy of the majority allows the drive of the minority to push their agendas thorugh with very little effort. It is like the retarded women at the preschool this morning who, when asked if they wanted to sign the petition AT THE REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY, on SUPER TUESDAY, said, "What party is is for?" Really? Are you THAT lazy and uninformed that you don;t even know what day it is or the significance of it for our country? Wow, just wow.

And now I am going to go vote.

-Shauna said...

I considered putting a "don't read this if you're a Leydsman" warning at the start. I knew this one would drive you crazy. It's not that I don't give a crap it's that I truly believe that right now making a choice is a non-choice because everybody is equally ineffectual and full of it.