Sunday, August 31, 2008

In For An Inch......

in for a mile.
Is that how that saying goes?
So seriously, I have no political agenda on here. Remember, I just write about nonsense? I'm good with that. EXCEPT when Mark writes something. For those who don't know, I have three brothers. All of which I love unconditionally, but there is one, one I idolize. Seriously, I could not love him anymore if I tried. Everyone of my friends loves him. He lives in NYC. I take my friends up there, we all go out to dinner. They love him, but he's mine. I don't have any sisters. I wish I did, but I wouldn't trade him for ten sisters. Besides the people I live with, there is no one on this earth who I would rather be with. So Mark commented on my last post. He is usually a big commenter but as been slightly out of the loop as of late. I felt his comment deserved more than just a little random thing in my comment section (which, honestly I thought everyones did, but everyone doesn't listen to me spill my guts over and over again, so as usual I will give him special attention). This is what he wrote. And he's waaaaaaaaay smarter than me, so if he says it, I believe it. Every time.

Amy, thanks for starting the discussion, and my apology for what follows, which is anything but a subtle endorsement for a Democratic vote in November. OBAMA, OBAMA, OBAMA. Shout it loud. Before last week, I was simply a disenchanted Clinton supporter planning a half-hearted vote for Obama. The Clinton speeches began a reassessment, and Obama's speech finally came across as more than just words and gave me genuine hope for a better tomorrow. But it was McCain's VP choice that slapped me in the face and said, "Wake up, you moron. This isn't about your candidate losing; it's about making sure the wrong candidate doesn't win in November." If McCain is such a maverick, why has he chosen a an ultra-conservative running mate rather than someone more open-minded and forward-thinking? Was she really the best choice to help him lead the country, or was she simply the best choice to help him win, whatever the cost? Among those in his inner circle, none favored Palin as a VP choice, but he ignored them. Seems like he is a bit more like Bush than I realized... winning comes first, rational thought last. Enough, already. Can Americans get their heads out of their partisan asses and make an informed vote for a better future? Among Bush voters, who in their right mind could look at the last eight years and think they voted the right way? How could anyone with a decent conscience and a desire for a better American future vote Republican again?

Once again Mark, seriously, if I used every amount of my energy, which at times seems endless. I could not love you anymore if I tried. And like my internet bud, "Amy loves Obama" says, ""Go Barock and Roll."

Just because now this entertaining me, Sue had something to say that can be added on:
"I'm with you Mark. I was literally angry for a good 20 minutes when I heard about Palin. On the issue of choice, I am unwavering. As a woman and mother of a girl, I don't know how anyone could not be and the next president could be appointing 3 supreme court justices and will certainly appoint Ginsburgs replacement. If nothing else, McCain's choice of Palin highlights his commitment to take a woman's right to choose away and if nothing else motivated me (believe me it's not the only issue that motivates me), just that fact would. Like Amy, I'm all about choice!"

Another brother, another comment:.
"Okay, I'm back to jump into the political fray. For anyone who doesn't know me I'm on Amy's Tier 2 list of brothers.

I thought I'd had enough. I thought most us had. I thought somewhere deep down that maybe this war was being fought for the right reasons and I just wasn't well-informed enough to really understand. I thought this because I've spent 41 years thinking that the United States really is the best and most generous country in the world. I've thought that our system of government really was "by the people and for the people". I learned this in school and at home and the lessons you learn during your formative years are hard to let go of.

Now I know. Now I know that was all wrong. We have all been put in the impossible position of wanting to be patriotic and supportive but having to root for a team whose leadership is among the most morally corrupt in modern history. I can't even begin to verbalize the frustration I feel over the travesty of a war that we've been tricked (or lied) into along with the thought that we, as a country, could quite possibly have to endure 8 more years of it. I honestly don't know if the US could sustain it.

We've allowed the governmental equivalent of the Perfect Storm to unfold: Bad People, Bad Politics, and Bad Policies. I am so frustrated I could spit. I never imagined the day when I'd be ashamed to say I was American but I'm almost there. And if another person wants to comment on how we could be better spending our tax money please do some research first on a company called Halliburton and their former CEO - one Richard "DICK" Cheney. If ever there was a high ranking US official who deserved to be called a traitor it is this man.

Alright, I've gone on too long for a friendly blog - just had to get some of that out of my system. Next post we'll be returning to our regulary scheduled programming of laughter and good times."

Okay Chris, Your not second tiered. I love you just as much, Mark just pays more attention to me and you know, being the youngest I love attention. I may be the best looking : ) but you guys are definitely smarter

Are you guys wishing I was still talking about Kid Rock?

18 comments:

MarkNYC said...

Right backatcha, Amy. You're the best. Been MIA because of some rough stuff going on, but just knowing you are there keeps me grounded and knowing that everything is going be be just fine. Let's hope that, come November 4, we're all breathing a sigh of relief and smiling broadly. LYTB.

Simple Answer said...

So you won't love me a little less knowing I've got a conservative core? I'm just glad I don't have to watch the endless news shows, political ads and what not. With the millions they are spending on this campaign, I'd rather see a school being built.

Amy said...

SA, of course I won't love you any less. I'm all about choice.

Sue Jacquette said...

I'm with you Mark. I was literally angry for a good 20 minutes when I heard about Palin. On the issue of choice, I am unwavering. As a woman and mother of a girl, I don't know how anyone could not be and the next president could be appointing 3 supreme court justices and will certainly appoint Ginsburgs replacement. If nothing else, McCain's choice of Palin highlights his commitment to take a woman's right to choose away and if nothing else motivated me (believe me it's not the only issue that motivates me), just that fact would. Like Amy, I'm all about choice!

Brother Chris said...

Okay, I'm back to jump into the political fray. For anyone who doesn't know me I'm on Amy's Tier 2 list of brothers.

I thought I'd had enough. I thought most us had. I thought somewhere deep down that maybe this war was being fought for the right reasons and I just wasn't well-informed enough to really understand. I thought this because I've spent 41 years thinking that the United States really is the best and most generous country in the world. I've thought that our system of government really was "by the people and for the people". I learned this in school and at home and the lessons you learn during your formative years are hard to let go of.

Now I know. Now I know that was all wrong. We have all been put in the impossible position of wanting to be patriotic and supportive but having to root for a team whose leadership is among the most morally corrupt in modern history. I can't even begin to verbalize the frustration I feel over the travesty of a war that we've been tricked (or lied) into along with the thought that we, as a country, could quite possibly have to endure 8 more years of it. I honestly don't know if the US could sustain it.

We've allowed the governmental equivalent of the Perfect Storm to unfold: Bad People, Bad Politics, and Bad Policies. I am so frustrated I could spit. I never imagined the day when I'd be ashamed to say I was American but I'm almost there. And if another person wants to comment on how we could be better spending our tax money please do some research first on a company called Halliburton and their former CEO - one Richard "DICK" Cheney. If ever there was a high ranking US official who deserved to be called a traitor it is this man.

Alright, I've gone on too long for a friendly blog - just had to get some of that out of my system. Next post we'll be returning to our regulary scheduled programming of laughter and good times.

Meredith said...

Wow - your brother and I are riding the same brain waves it would seem. Agree whole heartedly with EVERYTHING he says.

When you read my blog today (look at me, all confident that you will lol)..you will see that you and I are doing much of the same brain wave riding. Brother lovers we are.

MarkNYC said...

Ok, I loved Amy's post when it first started because it was all about me and how much she loves me. Now she's added comments from others into the main body of the post, and I'm being forced to share the spotlight. I hate that, and Amy should know better! I jest, of course. At least, I think so. Anyway, Brother Chris is a great guy. Super intelligent and a heart of gold, although he's too much of a "man's man" (not the same way I am, LOL) to always show it. No way he is second tier to Amy--you should hear all the stories Amy tells me about when they were in high school that make me just a tad envious. Anyway, good to hear from you, Chris, and to hear your thoughts on the state of our country.

Sarah said...

Brother Chris.... Your back! Yay!

Carolyn...Online said...

I agree with you and Mark. And I'm glad you can discuss it without getting emotionally charged about the whole thing. Bravo.

Lula! said...

Again, well stated. Yes, I love Kid Rock but I will read whatever you write.

And this coming from a hardcore Republican who isn't crazy about McCain, but who loves Palin. There, I said it. (One of my Blue State friends said, "At least her husband is handsome." Well, ok!)

Can we still be friends? I have no problems with reaching across party lines...this is America, land of freedom of choice! Besides, I can't lose you...'cause currently no one else is giving me fabulous music suggestions, and where would I be if I didn't have the new Cure song in my life?

Aimeepalooza said...

Just going to add that Kid Rock is a republican...bleck!

Anonymous said...

So McCain is some kind of sellout by choosing a VP candidate that can help him win? Wow, that sounds like the Democratic war plan - take no risks and make all decisions by consensus! Obama is an empty suit hype machine. If we elect him, say hello to bigger government (already enlarged by a useless Republican Congress that has since been sent packing), higher taxes, lower growth, and weaker security.

Amy said...

I love all people, Democrats, Republicans even you non voters. It makes no difference to me, if you're a nice person. Even Kid Rock, I know he's a Republican, this drives some of my friends crazy but when I'm running and I want to quit and he's singing in my ear helping me go on, I don't care which side of the fence he sits on. Makes no difference to me.
I also just love hearing my brothers talk. And all of you. I appreciate each and every comment and thought. It's all good. Thank you.

Christy said...

I am with you on all of this! I was furious with McCain's pick, and I hope the disgruntled Hillary supporters will not be fooled. I feel like Obama is our country's best shot at redeeming itself in the eyes of the world--hopefully the majority will rule this election!

MarkNYC said...

No one said McCain is a sellout by choosing a VP candidate that can help him win. A little reckless, for sure. My issue was with him placing winning above our country's welfare. I was on the fence before he made his selection, so it's not like I am anti-republican. I just think he made a choice that prioritized winning over making the best choice for our country. As for mocking a Democratic war plan, that takes a lot of b*lls given how well the Republican war plan turned out. Bigger government? Can we get any bigger government than having it hijacked an run like a dictatorship? Higher taxes? I'd sooner have higher taxes thrust upon us rather than a war/economy that has resulted in a minimum 20% drop in investment values that we have all experienced lately. Somehow, I don't see anyone raising taxes that much. Growth? Funny, are we in growth mode in this country? I guess that recession leading economists have identified is imaginary. Security? Yes, I feel safe as an American traveling anywhere outside of our borders. Get real. It's not a matter of Republican or Democrat. It's a matter of policy, and we desperately need a change.

Sue Jacquette said...

I just love a good political debate. Election years are awesome! I'm not anti-republican at all either. I'm actually an independent that's fiscally conservative and socially liberal. What the republicans have done in the last 8 years has been fiscally so irresponsible, though, I'm longing for the old Clinton days! Neither candidate is raising taxes on middle class, so that doesn't worry me. I think we need to get some industry moving again and get jobs back to the US and make sure Russia doesn't start another cold war. We need some cooler heads in the white house, I think, and Obama had a plan to create a new "green" economy and get people jobs making us less dependent on oil. Sounds good to me. Oh, and ending that awful war will also stop the hemorrhaging of money...

American in Norway said...

Super post! I have a lot of thoughts on the matter... but not enough time to jot it all down. Glad you posted this though... I feel like I am missing so much living in Europe...

Ms Picket To You said...

can i just say that I love the fact that you and your brothers have conversations like this?