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Aug 13, 2011 @ 11:58 PM
Please watch this (2:46):
And this (2:42):
Fact: These two individuals are in the running to be our next president.
I suppose I could write at length about why this is absolutely horrifying, but I think — or at least I hope — that the footage speaks for itself. I’m feeling a lot of emotions right now, but utter bewilderment is chief among them. I’m sure Michele Bachmann and Rick Perry have at least one or two admirable qualities, but I’m just totally confused as to how people like this can inch so close to the highest office in the land. Not more than a few hours ago, Rep. Bachmann pulled off a notable win at a somewhat imaginary event called the Ames Straw Poll. In case you haven’t had a chance to peruse the recent headlines, this is essentially a glorified beer-b-que at which Iowa Republicans come together to pre-vote for their favorite candidate. Today they made their voices heard loud and clear, choosing for their party a contender who stands for all that is backward and wrong, and who will surely lead us farther down the road to oblivion if we give her the chance.
Then of course there’s Rick Perry, or perhaps I should refer to him by his alias, Jesus of Nazareth. Who in holy hell do these people think they are, standing up and publicly addressing god as if they have a claim on what that means? It’s so maddening it makes me want to start another crusade, except this one would be fought against ignorant politicians who fail to comprehend the necessary distinction between church and state. Billions of people believe in a god or collection of gods, as is their right, but such beliefs have absolutely no place in the halls of democratic government. Isn’t it enough that we have to hear “God Bless America” at the conclusion of every political speech? Let’s not make this problem worse. Religious fundamentalism exists — we get it — but if that dogmatic tomfoolery gets anywhere near the White House our rivers will surely turn to blood and all firstborn children will be smitten immediately. That means we’d finally be rid of Paris Hilton, but it’s still not a good idea.
I have a feeling that this next election is going to be the most exciting (and terrifying) one any of us has ever witnessed, and I’m sure I’ll be blogging more about it in the coming months. For now I’m going to echo the inimitable Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. — somebody who actually should have been president — by talking about a dream. My dream is that our terribly distracted and apathetic generation will find something to mobilize around, even if that “something” ends up being collective disgust over how dysfunctional our political system and its various players have become. The enthusiasm that we all displayed in 2008 was unprecedented, unexpected and very exciting, but it surrounded an individual who has fallen tragically short of his promises and abilities. We made it clear back then that we needed and wanted change, which was a huge step forward. Unfortunately we didn’t get it, so we have to try again.
But what’s next? Who is next? Certainly nobody on the playing field right now. How about getting rid of Republicans and Democrats altogether and coming up with something new? I’m so tired of seeing the same besuited asshat giving America a thumbs up and telling us what we need. What we need is an entirely new approach, complete with new people. The fact that women have joined the presidential fray is highly encouraging, but aside from Hillary these are the wrong women. I have about 5000 female friends, all most of whom would make amazing commanders-in-chief. And if worse comes to worse, there’s always Glenn:
Anyway I don’t think we need to lose sleep over it quite yet, but the 2012 election is coming and it stands to be an incredibly significant one for Millennials everywhere. We’ve already demonstrated that we have a voice, but will we choose to raise it again? Let’s hope so, because our futures might just hang in the balance.