Monday, August 13, 2012

I Am What I Am

On the eve of tomorrow’s Wisconsin primary election, I have an urge to get political. I know, I usually eschew politics, but with friends that are passionate about governmental affairs, it is hard to avoid - especially on facebook. Usually, I ignore the political postings, but against my better judgment, I shall reveal a bit about myself politically. 

Before I start, full disclosure: I believe in God and an after-life, I’m just not sure what it will be like. I should also let you know that I’m not a millionaire. Hell, I’m barely a thousandaire.

I am what I am.

While I understand that people have the right to own guns, I don’t like guns. Wait; let me rephrase that, I HATE guns. I also think people who believe that conceal carry would have prevented or even minimized the mass shooting in Aurora, Colorado are fooling themselves. Wait, again let me rephrase that. They are FOOLS.

Personally, I don’t believe in abortion, especially when used as an after the fact, convenient form of birth control between two consenting adults. That being said, I do feel there are extreme circumstances when it may be necessary. I definitely don’t feel the government should be able to tell a woman when it is appropriate.

I have never had Chick-fil-A and do not intend to anytime soon. I also don’t want people who do enjoy Chick-fil-A to get cancer. I don’t want anyone to get cancer, not even Jerry Sandusky. However, the recent Dan Cathy situation should serve as a reminder to everyone that the words you use have consequences.

More full disclosure: I like women and when I think of marriage, it is between a man and a woman. Despite that, I have no problem if two people of the same sex love each other and want to be together. It really doesn’t matter to me. Whether it right or wrong is not for me to judge. I believe in the separation of Church and state.

Wow, I’m trying to think of more to “reveal” about my political tendencies, but I am at a loss. I know that I am not looking forward to the next two or three months. Some people seem to thrive on this crap, I don’t. In fact, I dread it.

 What’s there to like?

There is a seemingly endless amount of advertisements running nonstop on both television and radio. They all feature millionaires trying to blow smoke up your ass. These bald-faced lies are designed to make us believe they care about us commoners and actually identify with us. If that doesn’t work, they resort to scare tactics. Terrified people do stupid things and politicians know that. They count on that.

Another negative about these über-political times is the effect they have on talk radio. Everyone is vehement about their parties’ viewpoint and the show hosts will stoop to any tactic necessary to whip their callers into an impassioned frenzy. Unfortunately, more often than not, what you get is a bunch of blathering idiots spewing hate at those who don’t agree with them.

The last drawback is being inundated with a multitude of annoying robo-calls. Some try to hide under the guise of being a survey, but they don’t fool me. I’m not an idiot. Yesterday, more than thirteen weeks before the Presidential election, I received three robo-calls. One was from Ted Nugent on behalf of the NRA. Isn’t there a county fair he could be playing at?

Wow, just as I typed that last paragraph, I received a robo-call from Tommy Thompson. I wonder if he was wearing his Harley jacket? I think this is a sign that this political stuff isn’t my cup of tea. That’s it. I’ve had enough. No more politics for me. They nauseate me.

I guess I am what I am.

Let’s see what’s on TV. Maybe the Addams Family is on one of the oldie stations. I always enjoyed them better than the Munsters. I never liked the Munsters, especially Eddie. He was always a sneaky little brat.

Until next time…from the booth.


Sue said...

Well written Paul. I think that politics is getting like it everywhere - lots of people just 'switch' off - why bother to vote - you don't really know who you are voting for and what you are voting for - lots of 'broken promises'. Yes they are 'fools' blind 'fools' who have no idea of like in the 'real' world.

Kelly I said...

Paul, I agree across the board. People need to learn tolerance. It's ok for people to be different. Diversity helps you grow your mind. The talking heads on radio preach a not so lightweight form of hate and then are amazed when someone picks up a gun. Gabrielle Giffords, the Sikh Temple shooting and a list of more hate driven crimes the flames of which are fanned under the guise of free speech. We don't need easier gun laws we need understanding, compassion, tolerance and acceptance

Ps: if politicians really had any balls they would have included political calls in the list of "do not call" places to block. Now a days i'd rather hear from Rachel at Card Holder Services than any of these political nimrods.

Paul E. Vagnoni said...

Thank you, Sue.

Paul E. Vagnoni said...

Thank you so much, Kelly. Rachel at Card Holder Services is sounding better every day…

Randy Lain said...

Man Paul, we sure think alike on these issues. I HATE POLITICS, and I've had many arguments w' a coworker about guns, he has 2 small children but still thinks it's safe to walk around with a gun strapped to his hip... INSANE

Paul E. Vagnoni said...

That is nuts, Randy. It sure seems like they have made elections a year long thing. Especially in our not so fair state…