Saturday, October 29, 2005

Pure Politics (and some rambling)

Hillary gives a speech and criticizes Bush.

That's certainly no surprise, but I really hate when politicians give speeches like this one that throws out all kinds of statements with no real thought or substantiation.

"Borrow and spend, borrow and spend, that's all we've done the last four years," Clinton said.

Well, Ms. Rodam Clinton, you fail to recall that much of the spending that's been done is due to the tragedy of 9/11, in your own 'home' state. Instead of blasting Bush for it, perhaps you could show a little gratitude. But, no, that won't do since you don't want to give ANY credit where credit is actually due. You same people who want to blame the federal government for the fiasco in New Orleans turn around and complain when the federal government wants some money to 'help'. Make up your damn minds.

I realize that politicians make speeches like this to get people fired up and rally support, but it seems to me that it is so much more effective to present real and valid issues than to make up inflammatory crap. Are the speech writers in control here, or what? Everyone is bellyaching about the divisiveness in our country these days, but no one seems to want to change the way they interact and speak of each other. Where is someone who will tell it like it is but not be afraid to give the 'other side' some credit? If I could make a wish for our country I would wish for a leader to emerge who can truly bring our country out of this divisive funk. We have so many reasons to come together and support each other instead of tearing each other down.

It looks like the 'Me Generation' has reemerged in their mid-life push to make some big impact on the world before their time is up. Isn't that what the midlife crisis is all about? People realize that their youth is gone and they have only a few more years to really enjoy life before their bodies begin to fail. (I'm not dissing anybody in the midst of a midlife crisis because I'm in the beginning stages of my own.) Unfortunately, it seems that Me Generation has learned little in their time that has changed the way they want to impact the world. It's still all about the 'me' and screw everyone else.

I'm not a BabyBoomer. I was born just a little too late for that. And I'm not really a Generation X. I was born just a little too early for that. I have some in common with both groups. I don't really know that many people who are my age exactly, so I don't really know how other 36-38 year olds feel about things. We seem to be strangely scarce. I should look up birth rates to see if that has anything to do with it. Most of the people I tend to connect with are either 28-34 or over 40. Maybe I'm just weird and have been left out of the mid-thirties loop? Maybe most mid-thirties people are too busy to be 'seen.' I don't know.


mr_g said...

I always felt "out of time" myself, and I'm right on the cusp...two months two young to be a boomer, yet I never was much for hackeysack. Weird? If being able to see beyond your own backyard-world is weird, than lock me up! No, to me what's weird is how people get so caught up in party rhetoric that they lose signt of what's really important in exchange for power and fame.

Sylvana said...

Your blog is doing a weird thing in Firefox with the lower half of it being dark pink instead of light pink.

mr_g said...

I get that (what sylvana is talking about) too. I'm on a Mac with either Safari or Firefox, but both seem to have that problem at times.

Rae Ann said...

mr g, maybe we're part of some 'lost' generation? I totally agree about how too many people get so absorbed in the power that they lose sight of the fact that they are supposed to be public servants.

sylvana and mr g, it must be some quirk in the template that doesn't want to work with Firefox or Safari. I'm still using IE and it hasn't been messing up for me. I don't know enough about Firefox to be able to tell you how to fix it. Sorry!

DHammett said...

Politicians are an interesting crowd. Except for the president, it's amazing how impotent they really are. Have you tried to have a senator or congressman get something done for you? They'll have an aide write a letter or make a phone call. If the person on the other end doesn't want to cooperate, you'll get a letter that says, essentially, "Sorry, I tried." Sound and fury signifying nothing.

Rae Ann said...

dh, how do you know that the president is not impotent? LOL Many years ago my sister needed some help with something, so my parents called Al Gore's office when he was still a senator to see if he would help. Of course, it was probably just an aid who actually did something, but to my mom Gore was next to God because of it. My dad still mentions that if we get into political discussions.

DHammett said...

Well, two daughters seem to argue against that, but things change. How long 'til a Commander in Chief is throwing a football through a tire swing? Of course, see a medical professional immediately if that football flies for more than 4 hours!

Not that members of congress can't get things done...just that if somebody tells them no, there's precious little they can do. BTW, did you know that Gore invented the internet? Just asking.

Rae Ann said...

dh, you crack me up! Reminds me of those Bob Dole commercials. *snickers* 4 hours! Can you imagine? wow!

I remember when Gore made that claim. lol

DHammett said...

Four hours of Bob Dole doing that, even from a woman's perspective...Ewwwwww.

Verification (really this time):nycdb

Appropriate for a comment about football in the big apple.

Rae Ann said...

Yeah, EEWWW, I wasn't thinking of Bob Dole though. *giggles*

word ver.=djldd (dole's jiggy love deficit disorder) for real!