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Red, White, and Blah


Now, I’m not a political person, and I’m not smart enough to formulate some sort of political post that completely encompasses how I feel WHILE sticking to the facts. I vote, early and often whenever possible and I love the power trip it gives me to do so. I’ll have my ducks in a row and my candidate selected when I pop (read: waddle) in to vote on November 4th.

But I’m going to confess something to you all: I’m so sick of this election. So sick of it.

Not because it’s not an interesting selection of candidates because it totally is, but because I am so bloody sick of how it’s making the staunch supporters on either side attack each other.

As in, “If you vote for XXX, it’s because you’re a moron WHO KILLS BABIES IN YOUR SPARE TIME. YOU BABY MUUUURRRRDEEEERRR WHO HATES JESUS” Or, perhaps, “You’re electing a terrorist because you HAAATTEEE AMERICA! Murderer!”

Talk about missing the entire point here. Or maybe it’s me missing the point.

Perhaps my relentless optimism regarding the general goodness of people has blinded me so much that I actually *do* know people who murder babies and support terrorist activity, but somehow I doubt it. Hurling hurtful emotionally charged statements doesn’t help either side do anything but perpetuate animosity between friends and neighbors.

I’m just waiting for November 4th to be over so I can stop hearing about how “so and so is a bad, stupid person because they voted for someone different than me” and how wrong I am for my choices. Last I checked, a democracy was founded on choices, and I’m entitled to mine, however distasteful they may be to someone else.

But I’m urging you: no matter what hurtful statements are being hurled at you for your choice, stand up and vote. Vote proudly. And vote with gusto. It’s not only your right, it’s your duty.

As for me, I’ll be hiding in my house until November 4th, away from hurled campaign buttons and signs. And likely eating donuts.

50 Comments to

“Red, White, and Blah”

  1. On October 21st, 2008 at 11:30 am Tina Says:

    I, too, am sick of the ads, the crap in the mail, etc. and will be glad when it’s over. So long as my guy wins 😉

  2. On October 21st, 2008 at 11:36 am Betts Says:

    I think negative ads and mudslinging should be banned. It’s always taken out of context and twisted to suit the others needs.

    I agree with you; I can’t wait until it’s over.

  3. On October 21st, 2008 at 11:42 am SciFi Dad Says:

    But what about the baby murdering terrorists? Won’t somebody vote for the baby murdering terrorists? Don’t they have a right to representation? 😉

    Seriously though, this election has divided the US more than any other I can remember, and that’s including the days following the Bush/Gore election.

  4. On October 21st, 2008 at 11:44 am Daddy Files Says:

    I think it’s reprehensible that you haven’t taken a side. I come to this blog for guidance and here you are sitting on the fence. You need to decide which way you’re voting and put it out there. Either you’re a socialist who sees no problem voting in a terrorist like Obama to the White House, or you’re a war mongering Bush supporter and religious zealot rooting for McCain/Palin.

    But you know what, I think you’re the stupid one for not taking a side. That means you support terrorism, dead babies, aerial wolf hunting and you wipe your nether regions with the Bible!

    I hope that was sarcastic enough and people aren’t already sending me hate mail. But yes, I agree with you. Let’ s just vote and get this thing over with already. Then the finger pointing and blame game can really begin!

  5. On October 21st, 2008 at 11:46 am kim Says:

    You are fabulous, can I send you donuts??

  6. On October 21st, 2008 at 11:48 am melanie Says:

    I so badly want campaign reform so that one cannot spend insane amounts of money smearing another, I wish each candidate were given say 500,000 and 3 debates on tv and then we vote…I can think of so many problems solved with the amount of money blown on getting oneself elected.

    I cannot wait until its over!

  7. On October 21st, 2008 at 11:54 am sue Says:

    Love you, Becky.

  8. On October 21st, 2008 at 11:55 am Elizabeth Ann Says:

    I’m with you, I even volunteer as a techy geek for Obama when I’m not busy boiling kittens, tripping nuns, burning down orphanages and oh yeah, killing babies. I’m a very busy girl. And while this has made me very unpopular to my in-laws eyes and probably lots of other peoples. I love the democratic process, no matter who the crap you are voting for; McCain, Obama, Nader or that porn star in California who keeps runing for political offices.

    Even with this unnatural love of politics, I have hit my limit for the hate filled speeches coming from both sides. The negative campaigns for president and every other office that is up for grabs, has me gritting my teeth in annoyance ten times a day.

    The righteous blowhards both democrat and republican need to cut the crap, step off the soapbox, go vote and shut the hell up. Voice your opinion with your ballot; not your lawn, television, car bumper or pithy slogan buttons. Respect the fact that everyone has a choice and you can’t bully them to change their mind, no matter how nutter-butters you think they are.

    Phew…I feel better. Thanks Aunt Becky!

  9. On October 21st, 2008 at 11:57 am Kristine Says:

    I will be voting on Saturday, so I can put on my blinders and pretend I didn’t hear the last minute “your candidate is a militant squirrel molestor” that is sure to come out.

    I too am sick of this election and all of its stupidity. I hate both candidates equally and am in search of a deserted island to start over.

  10. On October 21st, 2008 at 12:04 pm Queen-sized funny bone Says:

    Barbara walters said the other day that she is so ready for it to be over because it has brought out some much hate and bad behavior on both sides. People are going to vote but i believe they are disgusted with the entire process.

  11. On October 21st, 2008 at 12:06 pm Kyddryn Says:

    I feel ya – I mean, I can hate Jesus, murder babies, and promote terrorism in my spare time no matter WHO I vote for – so why should I be limited to one or the other by some farcical two-party system? I say vote for Bob Barr and have the whole enchilada!!

    Shade and Sweetwater,
    K (who really, truly, doesn’t care who you vote for as long as you vote)(and who like how they do it in Canada – eight weeks from announcing candidacy to vote, no time for all this campaign crap)(but don’t tell Canada I said that)

  12. On October 21st, 2008 at 12:24 pm Heather Says:

    I’ll be over in ten minutes. I’ll bring donuts, and we’ll hunker down until it’s all over. We can watch bad television.

  13. On October 21st, 2008 at 12:27 pm kbrients Says:

    Oh yeah– I have already voted Absentee– I love me some absentee voting!!

  14. On October 21st, 2008 at 12:36 pm Brooke Says:

    I, too, am so ready for this to all be over with. I swear that when the new prez gets inagurated, the campaigning for 2012 will begin. It is getting way too long!

  15. On October 21st, 2008 at 12:43 pm giggleblue Says:

    damn it! did you HAVE to mention donuts????

    off to krispys’ now, thanks to you.

    i totally lost focus with that donut thing for a minute – the election is getting on my last nerves too. it’s like watching a never ending episode of american idol with non-stop highlights on cnn.

  16. On October 21st, 2008 at 12:49 pm Em Says:

    Oh yeah, you know I’m standing right next to you on this one (by the way, you’re looking hot today!).

    (sung to the Nah Nah Nah Nah Boo Boo tune) – I early voted. So I don’t have to listen. I’m plugging my ears. So just keep talking!

    Blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah BLAH!!

    I’m sorry, I figure if both sides can act like a first grader, so can I.


  17. On October 21st, 2008 at 12:51 pm kalakly Says:


  18. On October 21st, 2008 at 12:59 pm Sarah Says:

    what you said.

  19. On October 21st, 2008 at 1:04 pm Rachel Says:

    My parents are divorced and hate each other, but are united in their efforts to sway my political beliefs….it it was less annyoing, I’d enjoy the irony.

  20. On October 21st, 2008 at 2:02 pm Amy Says:

    I don’t know if I have ever wished for November 4th to hurry up and get here! I can’t wait until the ads are back to Erectile dysfunction and that not so fresh feeling! I can’t handle the ads on t.v., I wish there was a skip ads button on my t.v.!

    I will most definetly vote, even if I have to wheel chair myself there!

  21. On October 21st, 2008 at 2:03 pm kate Says:

    mmm donuts.

  22. On October 21st, 2008 at 2:10 pm chris Says:

    I want this to be over also because I’m anxious to see if history will be made…Like you said, whatever you believe, you have to vote!

  23. On October 21st, 2008 at 2:40 pm heather Says:

    All I’ve learned from the debates, the candidates’ supporters, and the political ads is why I *shouldn’t* vote for either one of them. Two weeks and counting!

  24. On October 21st, 2008 at 2:40 pm Stacey Says:

    If I bring the coffee (Irish) can I join you?

  25. On October 21st, 2008 at 2:54 pm swirl girl Says:

    I prefer crullers….to donuts that is.
    (get the anatomical references?)

  26. On October 21st, 2008 at 3:14 pm ewe_are_here Says:

    I wish it was over, too. And yet I’m scared the country might get it wrong. Again.


    And I have already sent off my absentee ballot Woo hoo!

  27. On October 21st, 2008 at 3:27 pm Tiffany @ My Random Wisdom Says:

    oh I so agree!
    they have been brow beating us for a year and a the time the actual election GETS Here, no one gives a flying fuck WHO is elected, as long as they all just SHUT.UP.

  28. On October 21st, 2008 at 4:23 pm Karen Says:

    I literally cannot read another political post. I am soooo sick of it that I could puke.

    They are both bad. And liars. And bad liars too.

  29. On October 21st, 2008 at 5:21 pm Io Says:

    What? There’s an election going on? Are you sure? I haven’t heard anything about this.

  30. On October 21st, 2008 at 5:25 pm honeywine Says:

    I was sick of it 6 mos. ago!

  31. On October 21st, 2008 at 6:11 pm Mike Says:

    Agree with you. I wrote a post a earlier in the month about how we vote and the need to do so. It was in response to another blog and her post about being tired of the harassment of political ads and people around her. She and I vote on the opposite sides of the fence but agree that you do need to vote. And we don’t need the ads anymore…

  32. On October 21st, 2008 at 7:05 pm Maria Says:

    I’ve known who I was voting for all along, so I’m tired of being pandered to or assaulted with other various forms of BS from BOTH parties. Who is undecided at this point?!?! For real.

    Yeah, over it dude.

    (But I hope I’m not in labor that day. I guess I should figure out how to vote early or I’m going to be annoyed for four years.)

  33. On October 21st, 2008 at 7:24 pm Nity Says:

    I cannot wait for the elections to be over. I hate politics. Everything just seems so fake. But I agree – go vote!!

  34. On October 21st, 2008 at 8:00 pm Kymberli Says:

    I can say one thing about this election season – a home is a happier place when there’s a three year old running around singing songs about Barack Obama. As ready as I am for this election to be over, on Nov. 4 and 5th I’m going to be biting my fingernails as the results come pouring in.

  35. On October 21st, 2008 at 8:39 pm Lola Says:

    I would have voted for a goat as long as it wasn’t Republican, so I needed none of the debates or ads to help me decide. I get very riled up whenever I watch anything political, which is fun sometimes, but I’m all set with looking at all of their faces and listening to their bullshit promises.

  36. On October 21st, 2008 at 8:42 pm Sandy Says:

    I’m with you on the stay inside and protect the donuts thing. My ex husband is a cop and their department is actually giving them a little special riot instruction – you know – just in case the riots happen after the winner is chosen. Lovely. Humans are stupid. I’ll vote for the donuts.

  37. On October 21st, 2008 at 9:10 pm andi Says:

    Leave it to you to cut through the crap. I’M sick of the bloody election and I don’t even live there! The whole thing has gotten so nasty, everyone is totally ignoring the issues. And the fear-mongering has been completely epic! Sickening, really.

    So, in closing, I adore you, you Jesus-hating, terrorist, you. 🙂

  38. On October 22nd, 2008 at 5:17 am Jen Says:

    Ugh. I totally agree on all accounts.
    Except, only stand up and vote if you vote who I’m voting for! (I keed. I keed.)

  39. On October 22nd, 2008 at 5:51 am Meg Says:

    Becky – I’m going to politely disagree. I’ve been enjoying reading all the political posts. It makes me see that Americans actually do care enough to educate themselves about what sod runs their country.

  40. On October 22nd, 2008 at 7:10 am heather Says:

    I am just tired of the arguing. My friends who’s names I won’t mention, don’t even listen to or read the news, in fact, they don’t watch tv at all, and know very little about how politics really work. I am tired of them bringing up how much they’d stick their heads up a certain female politician’s arse if they could. I’ll be glad when it’s over too.

  41. On October 22nd, 2008 at 7:30 am Badass Geek Says:

    I’ll vote for just about anyone if there are donuts involved.

  42. On October 22nd, 2008 at 8:37 am Fancy Schmancy Says:

    I’m with ya, sista. Please vote, and please shut the f up about it.

  43. On October 22nd, 2008 at 8:45 am Ellie Says:

    I’m *so* glad you ended your post that way. (I mean the voting part, not the donut part.) (No offense to donuts, or to their eaters, though).

    I’m smug: I already HAVE voted.

  44. On October 22nd, 2008 at 10:30 am mandy Says:

    mmmmm donuts.

  45. On October 22nd, 2008 at 11:22 am Why Mom Drinks Rum Says:

    Think of us poor Canadians….our TV shows are interruputed…like, ALL THE TIME. It’s tragedy on a grand scale. You have NO idea what you are doing to us up here.

    I kind of like our election process.

    Prime Minister announces election 6 weeks ago, 5 weeks of campaigning…1 debate….and we end up with the same gov’t we started with. Ah, Canada. Land of apathetic heroism.

  46. On October 22nd, 2008 at 12:03 pm Carlynn Says:

    Did you say donuts? I’ll be right over.

    Just reading your post about Ben’s attachment to your mum. Thinking of you and wishing there was a fairy godmother who could wave a magic wand and grant us a wish a year and poof! it would all be different, or at the least, better.

  47. On October 22nd, 2008 at 12:54 pm Coco Says:

    I’m voting but I’m sick of it as well. All of it.

    Really, when elected officials running campaigns are saying things like “Liberals hate real Americans” and other such nonsense I become highly alarmed and want to move to Iceland.

    But that’s probably because I, too, am a baby-killing Jesus hater who obviously supports terrorists. Damn. My secret is out.

  48. On October 22nd, 2008 at 1:33 pm Purva Brown Says:

    I like you already – I’m adding you to my blogroll, future friend 🙂

  49. On October 22nd, 2008 at 3:11 pm mumma boo Says:

    Plain, cinnamon, powdered or filled? I am done with this election. I have no confidence that my vote will count with respect to the national elections, but I’ll be at the voting booth making sure my local reps are really MY local reps. (Yes, I will be voting in the national election, too. Why waste a trip or a stop at the junior high bake sale?) And when I’ve cast my ballot, I’m unplugging all electronics until the next morning. Who needs the play-by-play?

  50. On October 24th, 2008 at 5:38 pm trish Says:

    I was listening to talk radio this morning, and I was shocked at how many times the word moron was used to describe people who don’t vote like the person who was talking. Lame.

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