Friday, September 5, 2008

Listen...

A while back I stated that I would not put up my political views on this blog, despite the fact that this blog is about me, my life and, well, my thoughts.

I knew that, given the political scope of things right now, it's a volitle subject.

But slowly, I started getting more and more frustrated with the things that I was hearing. Six months ago I was voting one way, then moved more towards the Undecided, and have now slowly moved towards the other direction. I felt that, in order to make the best decision for myself, I needed to know more, and the more I learned, the more my decision began to form.

I never assumed that anyone would actually hold the same beliefs as me. In fact, based on the profiles I view on Facebook, I pretty much assumed that my views were very much not the same.

There is something about this election that gets people really riled up, as Momo noted. And by the looks of some comments, people are pretty riled up.

But it's not my job to convince you who is better for YOU, who is better for YOUR future, and who is better for the future stability of this country. Like my own decision, this is a choice that is individual.

And I don't think that I was trying to do that - trying to change your minds. I honestly believe that by this point, your minds are pretty much made up, anyways.

So no more politics from this point on.

But I will say this - in this whole election stuff, I have never said that McCain was a better candidate that Obama. Nor did I say that Obama was better - like I said above, I started one way, then slowly moved to the other.

My point in all this was to vent my frustration that I was surrounded by people who simply listened to soundbites, didn't ask questions, accepted what their friends and CNN and Oprah were telling them, pointing hypocritical fingers, and spending so much time looking at bullshit issues instead of what the candidates policies might actually mean for you.

I am not insinuating that my readers do this - I was more just venting about things I hear on a daily basis.

13 comments:

Prin said...

You defending yourself again? ;)

When it comes to politics, honestly, I'd rather somebody vote for the wrong guy passionately than vote for the right guy indifferently.

Passion is what democracy is all about, and as such, I think it's awesome when you talk politics. :)

Anonymous said...

Please don't feel you have to censure yourself! This is your blog and you have every right to say what you feel about anything you want. I'm sorry if my lengthy comment made you feel like you need to do so.

IM Able said...

Dude! Stop worrying about us! For crissakes, this blog is about you and what you're thinking and how that forms into words and sentences.

Say whatever you want. Talk politics. Talk poop. Talk it all.

It's all good.

21stCenturyMom said...

Amen! The "H" word just pops up over and over and over again.

Do I mean "H"ot or "H"ypocrite? It' anyone's guess.

I'm backing off, too.

The Young Family said...

Do you mean I shouldn't vote for who ever Oprah is for???? man what am I going to do now????

ROFLMAO.

Religion, and Politics, ONLY when you are drunk and among friends, that is the best!

Coming from an Irish family - hmmmm. We had some great debates over the years. ONLY after a few bottles of wine, not so fun when you are sober!

I am rambling, but I think I am funny so that is all that counts!

Em

Andra Sue said...

I have but one soundbite for you: this is YOUR blog and you're entitled to write whatever you darn well please.

And I think I speak for just about everyone when I ask you to kindly keep doing so. That's why we read. And why we email you articles about chicken fried bacon. :)

Megan said...

Oh no - that was most definately NOT an apology, nor do I feel like I need to censor myself anymore. I have pretty much come to the conclusions that people aren't always going to like what I have to say, so they don't have to read me.

I guess I didn't like the way I ended up getting riled up myself. Ranting about old people and idiots is one thing, but opening myself up to political debate is a whole 'nother.

I have some REALLY strong feelings about this election this year, more so than any other year - and I think that mostly its because I am finally at a point in my life when things like marriage and taxes are staring me in the face...and what happens economically over the next few years can have a drastic impact on my life. I work really, really hard (for a Democratic government, BTW) for the pennies that I make, and the prospect of having even that taken away is really frustrating. While I agree with the intention, I simply don't agree with the practical application.

So anyway, again - this was not an apology. I may or may not slip some wise cracks in every now and then when I feel like shit is unfair - to both sides.

Eric said...

People should do exactly what you pointed out Meg.....educate themselves on the candidates and then make an intelligent descision.

After listening to the speeches at the DNC and the RNC for myself, the thing that bothers me the most is when someone talks about their views based on what Anderson Cooper (or whoever) said about a speech instead of hearing the speeches for themselves.

Alili said...

Definitely keep the wisecracks. I LOVE how passionate you are about everything even if our Facebook profiles aren't mirror images:)

So, back to this little tease about 2009...

Comm's said...

Jeesh, you even make politics interesting to read.

Benson said...

OK, you're making too damn much sense and being totally interesting and fun to read.
It's all good.

VOTE IronMeg for Queen of the World!

Rachel said...

Ah, I can't wait til the election is over!

the fire said...

Wait a second....I am confused...People and US weekly are viable sources of information arent they?? Anyways..speaking of informed...it took a while for me to learn about all those judges that are on ballots....who to vote for who not to vote for...did you know that the bar associations make it easy for you....they have candidates that are qualified and not qualified...after learning of the scrutinizing that the applications for endorsement undergo I have found those might be the most informed votes I have ever cast....