I've used the morning trying my very best to wade through the surface three ring circus nonsense of the campaign hell and other generalized nonsense that I've been able to catch on American television this week and try to get to things that have actually been going on. As my aunt said yesterday, it looks as though we're in this thing for the long haul, so it's time to start trying to reenter the world.
The first thing I'd like to say? Dear Sarah Palin. The Left doesn't give a damn that your little tart went and got herself knocked up by a hillbilly -- we're just relishing the irony, yet again. We have plenty of other (valid) reasons for not wanting you anywhere near our White House. You judgmental little anti-feminist creationist book-burning green-as-fuck Evangelical nutjob.
Secondly, Mike is right. As he usually is about these things. It is really nice to hear someone finally get angry, and to have that person not be a comedian or an artist, but a politician. And I know some of the worst men in the world have been passionately spoken politicians. But goddamn if it isn't good, way down to the bone, to hear a call for this country to start waking up. I don't know why the Evangelicals hate this Democratic ticket so much, to be honest. Where I come from, this is what preachers sound like.
"What do you talk about when you have nothing to say? What do you talk about when you cannot explain the last eight years of failure? What do you talk about? What do you talk about?"
Then there's the student loan bailout, of course. What can I say about that? Well, when the hell am I going to get bailed out? If the loan companies are getting free money, then why the hell do I still have to give them mine? I'm not going to go into some bitter rant about having to immigrate to make a better life for myself (although the concept is something I find hilarious in relation to traditional American snobbishness and narcissistic paranoia about how the whole damn world wants all of the wonderful things we have), because I'm quite happy to immigrate for any number of other reasons and I certainly don't find my position comparable to that of someone who is merely trying to stay alive, simply because I do have the privilege of a college education to throw into the mix. However. When are we going to work out a way for the average American not to have to choose between taking a shitty job and scraping by for the rest of their lives or going to college for four years and then taking a slightly better paying shitty job and scraping by for the rest of their lives? We won't even get into what ALL Americans still don't have access to....
In other words, this isn't working. Clearly.
Am I the only one who thinks perhaps the government should put its dollars and sense (sic) toward trying to give the next generation access to affordable education and let this horrible current system die a natural (if hopefully also painful and agonizing) death?