Tuesday, September 23, 2008


It is strange living in the bubble of security and happiness that campus offers. It feels like the economic problems are lightyears away when really, they are simply hidden behind our protective bubble. However, my communications professor, while asking us what we think it would be like to be running a political campaign right now, said something very true and interesting to us:

i can remember when we landed on the moon, when JFK was shot, and when many other things happened, but you, you are the generation that may be able to tell their children that they remember when capitalism as we knew it was redefined.

This post is pretty much for my dad, just to remind him that I have been paying attention, and I don't disagree with everything the republicans say and do (only same-sex marriage, abortion, etc... hehe). Sometimes I disagree with the liberals just as much. This post is also to let him know that moving to Tacoma and attending a liberal arts college has not turned me into another liberal-yuppie college student without a brain for herself.

I am going to have to admit that although conservatives are absolutely idiotic in a lot of situations, I thoroughly appreciate the Republican point of view on this matter (yes Dad, I said it, "I appreciate the Republican..."): "I must tell you, there are those in the public debate who have said that we must act now. The last time I heard that, I was on a used-car lot," said Rep. Mike Pence, R-Indiana.

Good thing there are a few people who aren't racing to mindlessly sign a blank check for 700 billion dollars with no terms or conditions. Just my thoughts, surprisingly conservative for myself, but I have no interest in rewarding these predatory loan agencies and bailing them out with my money, my parents' money, my friends' money, interest free. I want to keep our economy booming as much as the next person and don't want to jeopardize it, but let's not work ourselves into a blind, panicked frenzy and sign away our liberty.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the reassurance...BTW I am CONSERVATIVE rather than Republican (there is a vast difference!)

McCain is only nominally a conservative in some areas, and not at all in others. The difference is bho is not in any area a conservative.

Mindlessly writing a 700 billion dollar check? Yup. Worth it if it DOES prevent a complete worldwide economic meltdown (caused by people's panic: nothing has actually changed in real life. All the bad mortgaged homes...are still sitting there, still capable of sheltering families, unlike much of the low income housing sponsored by Mr. Obama in Illinois.) Probably other ways to do things are possible, but just remember, the guys saying we don't need to rush into this are the same guys that have done NOTHING about a growing problem, and allowed the problem to start and to fester until it was a crisis.

Almost as many Republicans as Democrats did this? Yes, except for the partyline votes where the Democrats won and nothing happened. There actually were a few attempts to do something to fix it, some by Senator McCain!

I am glad you are thinking, and that comm prof sounds like he is more interested in teaching than indoctrinating.

And remember, some of the differences in issues are from completely different definitions of the issue: ie, Abortion is all about the right of a woman to choose, to be in control of her body and keeping the government out of her womb, isn't it? Except that for the other side it is about murdering babies...who is right? You're not for murdering babies do you? Almost no one is, except for the founder of planned parenthood. It was a eugenics program for her: she wanted fewer blacks to be born.

(The proudest moment of my life...so far...was when your sister told me she was going to have Harlee rather than the alternative. I must have done something right somewhere!)

These things can get really complicated real fast, and maybe both sides are right in a way. I AM all for a woman's right to choose...just after I am against murdering babies.

Well, I am feeling much better today. I couldn't have typed this essay yesterday for all of the chocolate in Hershey, PA!

Love, your Dad! {!-{>