All Politics Is Simple Stupid

Imagine for a moment that I’m a political activist. A couple of us Sharp Skirts were once.

Now I’m a raving mad lunatic who can’t believe what passes for political activity today. I’ve threatened to not even lift as much as my little finger for 2008…I might exercise a different digit instead. So, the frustration started with an overcrowded inbox. Is e-mail such a tricky medium? If you’re keeping me informed, you’re welcome in my inbox. If you’re burying me under the same old pitch over and over again, you’re not doing anything for me. It’s all about you and I’m over it.

I thought I had made great strides to simplify my life but I still wasn’t prepared for the simpletons in today’s news…

Anger at Giuliani 9/11 fundraiser–Imagine the man who was mayor of NYC asking supporters to contribute $9.11 to his campaign and not suspecting NYC firefighters and first repsonders might be a bit troubled over it. Men and women lost their lives. Giuliani is taking it to the bank.

Iran leader defiant in UN speech–Just as we suspected. Can we bomb Iran now? He muddled science, religion, and politics and suggested Iran doesn’t have any homosexuals. We laughed at him and felt good about ourselves over it. We know a little something about crusades too…bomb Iran as a supporter of terrorism and ban abortion once and for all.

Then there’s the story that won’t go away–Craig won’t attend hearing on guilty plea. What are we supposed to think of this system of justice when an elected representative trusted to participate in the system can’t understand it well enough to do the right thing? Let’s make that campaign ad and get it up on YouTube…I was innocent before I was guilty and I’m still innocent so I’m skipping my court date.

And, my fellow countrymen, are we sure our leader didn’t look as ridiculous as Ahmadinejad when he spoke to the UN–Bush to urge UN to fight for freedom. There’s the real leader in this bunch of lab rats. I’m sure the U.N. just couldn’t wait to hear more about this fancy thing called f-r-e-e-d-o-m from a man who wasn’t troubled for a moment to permanently detain people without charges, explanations, or proper representation at Guantanamo. We wouldn’t even release their names for God’s sake.

I’m not stupid and I’m not as simple as these maneuvers would like to think I am. Is it any wonder that the thinking public chooses to avoid these junior high campaign stunts and instead wonder who will be the next Wonder Woman?

Global Warming Poised to Wipe Out U.S. History

Have you been watching the global warming debate wondering what it means to you? A recent U.S. Geological Survey has the answer.

Jamestown, the first English settlement in North America founded in 1607, will be under water. The launch pad in Florida where the first American was launched into space will be lost to the Atlantic. Wall Street will look like the lost city of Atlantis and we will have lost land-mass equal in size to the state of West Virginia–22,000 square miles with Louisiana, Florida, North Carolina, Texas and South Carolina losing the most.

As students we may have all wondered why we needed U.S. History in the first place but are we ready to sink it?

What Not to Wear to Logan Airport

No fashion sense required for this one. The dreaded airport security lines managed by blue-gloved security personnel who couldn’t be less friendly have convinced most of us to dress for the occasion–shoes that easily slip off and on, skip the belt, and avoid the bangles. In our so called post-9/11 world, we might call it common sense.

Last week, a 19 year-old MIT student decided to wear her pride in her work on her sleeves and walked into Logan Airport wearing a circuit board, wires, and red flashing lights. She called it art. Security called it a threat and she is facing charges for a hoax device.

This is the latest edition of Boston’s campaign against blinking lights they don’t understand. Should we assume the latest Osama Bin Laden video indicated the next attack would include Lite-Brite interfaces?

Can’t We All Move On?

If you’ve managed to miss the controversy over last week’s Move On ad, I’m jealous.

I thought the full page ad asking, “General Petraeus or General Betray Us?” smacked of middle school campaign tactics. It was less than unnecessary. I took some comfort in laughing at the Republicans who looked just as ridiculous trying to escalate the ad into some kind of legitimate story.

So, I was caught completely off guard when one of our Texas Senators went so far to suggest the situation warranted a legitimate legislative act denouncing the ad. Our favorite rock star Senator from Illinois skipped the vote entirely while other Dems lined up to defend Move On.

Will someone make this stop?

As if this wasn’t all ridiculous enough, I type tonight knowing I actually agree with something George W. Bush has said on the issue. It’s complete partisan crap creating a Republican talking point out the scenario and Move On made it possible.

It isn’t clever either…a total softball response..

“I was disappointed that not more leaders in the Democrat Party spoke out strongly against that kind of ad,” Bush added. “That leads me to come to this conclusion: that most Democrats are afraid of irritating a left-wing group like MoveOn.org — are more afraid of irritating them than they are of irritating the United States military.”

And, with that, I’ve now moved on. I unsubscribed from Move On and every democratic list that sent me anything trying to make something more of this story. It’s becoming clearer and clearer to me when I wonder why I’m more likely to watch South Park re-runs than Meet the Press when I turn on the TV.