Kind of mad and probably going to take it

  • Oct. 20th, 2010 at 7:16 AM
my_daroga: (oh my)
I realize I probably say this every year or so, but I'm so fed up with politics. I'm so fed up with the prevailing strategy of "hey, I didn't vote for X" when, for me, the problem is that not enough legislation has made it through, not too much. So who am I supposed to support? The endless cycle of "I'm an outsider, I'll change things" which is obviously untrue is ridiculous. The Democrats haven't been seen to do anything, and the Republicans actually want to do less, so in the end what are we voting for?

I'm so tired of being told that I'm not an American by people who think that my support of tax dollars going to programs is un-American. (It's okay when non-US people tell me I'm not American, because I think it's a compliment, but it's still sad.) If I can live on what I make, then people making several hundred thousand dollars more can afford some taxes. Obviously the difference is philosophical, not a matter of financial survival, but am I that far out of step with my country that I can't relate to any of them?

There's a fundamental impossibility in all of it, in that Obama was supposed to change everything, and didn't, and people are angry about that but also angry at the things that were changed, "because I didn't see any improvement." And that assumes an expertise in the layperson that is nonsensical to me. For one thing, people are pretty subjective about reporting those things, and for another, I don't think most of us are qualified to sit on our front porches and say "X politician/law/program did nothing because my view hasn't altered." Every year we vote for change and then hogtie the people we elect. And somehow assume that the one year they've been in charge explains the past eight.

Now, I'm not saying "Obama is our savior" or anything like that--but I am disappointed on the opposite end from where all the ads seem to be targeted, with everyone denying responsibility for the stuff he has been able to do. It just seems pretty short-sighted to run screaming from policies that most economists claim we'd be worse of without, and selfish to judge the current climate only by how much your house is worth. This isn't to downplay the impact the economy has had on people, and some people are well within their rights to complain. I'm just saying that I can't be the only person out there who's surviving and doesn't respond to the call to turn away from social programs and healthcare and treating corporations like corporations, not people.

But you wouldn't know that, from our options. Or the polls.

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Not too thinky thoughts on the inauguration

  • Jan. 21st, 2009 at 6:44 AM
my_daroga: Mucha's "Dance" (self)
I spent most of yesterday near-giddy. Not because I think President Obama will/can/should fix everything (I don't think anyone can/should do that), and my support has always had reservations. But the mere fact of him, the fact that we have a President Obama whose inaugural address told the world we are willing to take responsibility for our actions, that we all need to do so, fills me with joy.

I may also have been on a sugar high from the cupcake with his face on it I ate. People are weird.

I don't know where he'll go, or how he can possibly fulfill the expectations people seem to have lumped on him (curiously, since I feel he's made it pretty clear we all have a job of work to do), but perhaps shallowly I'm proud of us. I hope we can live up to his expectations. And thanks, Mr. President, for the shout-out. It's not the "non-believer" is how I'd choose to identify myself, but we are generally invisible in a country/government saturated with religion. I don't feel oppressed on a daily basis (though I surely could not run for office without lying), and I'm not putting this minority on par with others, but it's nice to know I exist.

ETA: There's a refereshing conversation about atheism on Talk of the Nation that I recommend to anyone interested. Also refreshing is Bishop Gene Robinson, whose inclusive invocation was not carried on the HBO feed on Sunday (link is to his Talk of the Nation conversation after the fact).

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FAIL

  • Feb. 13th, 2008 at 10:05 AM
my_daroga: Mucha's "Dance" (angry)
I didn't get the part. But I'm not too broken up, because I knew it already. Still... I made my folks alter our vacation plans in case I was going to be in the show this summer. Which I feel bad about, now.

In other news, I love this election. Even apart from who wins, or who I support, or why, I'm vastly entertained by all of it. I know entertainment isn't the point (or shouldn't be), but the excitement of it is fantastic and just the closeness of the race(s) and the engagement of the public is heartening. When's the movie coming out?

BBC outs Bush/Rumsfeld!

  • Nov. 8th, 2006 at 12:46 PM
my_daroga: ambiguous? (batman)
The BBC alleges "slashy" connection between the American President and his former Secretary of Defense:

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Okay, so it's not actually that funny, but... Slash!

Every stem is sacred?

  • Jul. 19th, 2006 at 12:49 PM
my_daroga: Mucha's "Dance" (louise brooks)
From [livejournal.com profile] misfitina via [livejournal.com profile] bkhager. As she said, "something to do." A rarity in these times, for what it's worth.

Today President Bush vetoed a bill that would have approved stem cell research.

70% of Americans support stem cell research yet the president, who supposedly represents us, has vetoed a bill that could pave the way for research that could eventually save millions of lives.

Write your representatives, please. Keep it short and sweet:

Please support the override of the president's veto to the stem cell research bill. Provide medical research the opportunity to use embryos, that would otherwise be destroyed, to gain life saving procedures from their work.

Go here to find and email your representative:
http://www.house.gov/htbin/wrep_const

Go here to contact your senator:
http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm

Then urge your friends to do the same.

For those who are concerned that embryonic "farms" created to grow specimens specifically for research: A bill banning that practice has already passed congress. It will not happen.

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