Posts tagged ‘Republican’
My friend Amanda noticed, and rightly so, that I pick on Republicans a lot. That’s probably because I’m not a Republican and not likely to ever become one.
Also, I dig at Dubya a lot. Please let me explain why. It’s not because I think he doesn’t mean well or that I think he’s not a nice man. I am certain that he’s a super nice man, and he means the very best. I actually think I’d like him personally if we didn’t spend much time discussing politics.
However, he’s not a deep thinker or an intellectual (not that I think you have to be an intellectual to be President – but some book smarts definitely don’t hurt). He’s bragged about his poor grades in school. I take into account that a D at Harvard is still a D at Harvard, which can’t compare to my education, but it frightens me that he puts so little store by “book learnin’.” Since he married a librarian who made literacy her platform, it boggles the mind.
He was a phenomenal failure as a businessman. In my opinion, he misled the American public. He wasn’t qualified to be the President, unless you think the Bush last name by itself makes you qualified to run the country. I think he was greatly manipulated by much smarter, craftier puppet masters: namely, Dick Cheney and Karl Rove.
I think both September 11th and Hurricane Katrina were completely overwhelming for him. I don’t want a president who’s going to go into shock and then continue reading books to little children when he’s given news of a crisis. I want a president who’s going to be quick, effective, and decisive. I don’t want his handlers to have to tell him what to do. I want him giving orders to his team.
However, there are some Republicans that I don’t find silly, stupid, or objectionable for moral reasons (J.C. Watts and Jesse Helms, I’m talking about you two). I’d like to make a list of Republicans that not only don’t sicken me but for some reason I admire while admitting that none of them is perfect anymore than Bill Clinton is, so if I’ve neglected to take into account some scandal that should taint a good name…keep in mind that I don’t care.
Henry Kissinger – Because he’s brilliant. That doesn’t mean that I agree with him. It just means that he’s smart.
Elizabeth Dole – Because she rules with a velvet glove, always feminine. I loved the speech she made for her husband when he ran for President.
Gerald & Betty Ford – Because he led a nation divided and disillusioned by Watergate and reunited it and because her candor about her alcoholism has helped so many people.
Abraham Lincoln – I don’t think the Republican party of ol’ Abe’s day had much in common with the one we have today, but we can thank this man for leading a nation through a Civil War, abolishing slavery, and providing a peaceful example that inspired reconstruction. He was a great man.
Dwight D. Eisenhower – Because of the Interstate Highway System among other things.
Colin Powell – Because what’s not to love. He’s honest and trustworthy and smart.
Mary Bono – Because she took over her husband’s seat in the House of Representatives when he died suddenly in a tragic accident and then made that seat her own. And because she championed Greg Mortenson’s vision of bringing schools to poor villages in the Middle East.
Condolezza Rice – Because she’s a smart, warm, funny and feminine attorney who served the Bush administration well and faithfully. She’s a great example of a strong single woman.
David Petraeus – Because if we have to be in the war in Iraq we should at least make use of diplomacy and start moving in the right direction so that we can eventually leave. I think he’s smart.
Meghan McCain – She’s smart and attractive and hip and young and fun. She didn’t change her look for her dad’s campaign. She doesn’t waiver in her beliefs or kowtow to the religious right. It took courage for her to say that she didn’t agree with her father’s beliefs on gay rights. She did so without disrespecting him. For that reason, I respect her a lot more than I do Patti Davis, who agrees with my politics.
Barbara Bush – One of the twin daughters of George and Laura, Barbara has come out in support of gay rights, and I’m sure gay Republicans everywhere thank her for this. I assume that she’s a Republican; maybe she’s not. I like her either way.
This is by no means an exhaustive list, and I’d like to mention here that I don’t like all Democrats simply because they’re Democrats. For instance, I can’t stand Nancy Pelosi. Why? The woman has done nothing to me. Well, it’s just something about her. I think she’s so fake. I’d almost rather have to spend an hour or two chatting with Kay Bailey Hutchison. Come to think of it, I don’t want to chat with either one of them.
I am so pleased to report that this blog has received 46 hits today alone. And all I had to do was write a ridonkulously hyperbolic paragraph yesterday where I sarcastically threatened to kill myself because I’ve never given birth.
Seriously, I would never kill myself over something that silly. I realize that politicians feel that they have to fight dirty. It’s just so inappropriate to me. I think that mothers are very important people. What they do is valuable and should never be taken for granted. However, I would never cast aspersions on someone’s intelligence or competence because they are a mother, so I would expect that those women that are mothers would do me the same favor in reverse.
What Mary Fallin is doing is a cheap trick that sets back women’s rights. It might endear her to the more conservative voters in Oklahoma or to some women with children, but it hurts all women in the long run. She should be ashamed of herself.
On a personal note, I now have a job with a company that employs writers here in Austin, and I have an informational interview scheduled for lunch tomorrow with one of the members of the editorial department. It all happened by either divine providence or dumb luck, depending on what you believe. I know what I believe. God is good.
I love this article I found on the current Oklahoma race for governor. For the first time ever, the governor’s race is a race between two women. This should be good news for feminists everywhere. Yay!
Now for the bad news. You knew there would be some. Apparently the Republican candidate is saying that she is more fully qualified than the Democratic candidate because she is…wait for it…a mother. Apparently, motherhood qualifies you for public office. I know that there are going to be a lot of men who will be interested in the fact that they are no longer qualified for public office by virtue of their testes.
This is the most ridiculous debate in the history of American politics. Despite the fact that the Democratic candidate is clearly and hands down the more credentialed candidate with previous political experience and a law degree, she isn’t qualified because she hasn’t been married and hasn’t seen fit to be fruitful and multiply.
Maybe the Republican candidate, a motherly nincompoop named Mary Fallin, would like to amend her statement to the more gender neutral parenthood. Parenthood qualifies one for public office. If Mary Fallin were in charge, then we would never have had Presidents Polk, Harding, or Buchanan. They were unqualified.
According to Ms. Fallin the ability to raise a family shows your ability to put others before yourself. Apparently putting others before yourself doesn’t show that ability unless the other in question came from your womb. That Mother Theresa, for instance…what a selfish bitch!
But you know who is supremely fit for public office. The following women:
Mary Kay LeTourneau
Susan Smith (if only she weren’t a felon)
I urge those of you Oklahomans who are politically active to please write in one of these imminently qualified candidates on your gubernatorial ballot.
Actually, I’m surprised that those of us who aren’t mothers are qualified for anything. Why do we even get out of bed in the morning? I’m probably not even qualified to write this blog or hold a job or, well, anything. Excuse me for a moment while I go kill myself. I’m so selfish that I’m obviously not fit to live.