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Poli Sigh

In Politics on January 24, 2007 at 2:00 am

Currently watching the State of the Union Address. Sigh.

If anybody wants to know why so very little seems to get done in Washington, it may be because our government leaders – Republicans and Democrats alike – are too busy posing for national television as bi-partisan politicians who like each other (when they really aren't and don't).

A few quotes come to mind this evening:

"The reason there are so few female politicians is that it is too much trouble to put makeup on two faces." Maureen Murphy

"In America you can go on the air and kid the politicians, and the politicians can go on the air and kid the people." Groucho Marx
I don't mean to sound too cynical here, but are you fooled by the bi-partisan rhetoric and hand-clapping? Anybody else have any real hopes as to what has or is going to change?

Me either.

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  1. No, not fooled here. It’s hard to watch/listen without rolling my eyes completely to the back of my head. ;-)

  2. Its funny that the President is supposed to be giving the most important speech of the year and yet he takes the time to make small talk as he saunters down the isle towards the stand. Grrr…. Just do your Job and be professional about it like the rest of the Citizenry has too. (Can you imagine Doctors or Lawyers making small talk during their most important moments? Didn’t think so…) Its all so pomp and silly!

  3. The radical progressives want to destroy American society and capitalism and replace it with soviet style socialism.
    I prefer the messy style we have now.
    And the cordiality posed as these things begin and end are designed to make us feel better. Nothing more or less.
    Why don’t I?

  4. We were just bummed that we’d forgotten to keep a couple Coffee Stouts on supply for the annual fake bi-partisan clapping drinking game. I don’t think two stouts would have lasted long, though.
    Some years I’m up for it, some years I’m not. (The speech itself, that is. I’m always up for a Coffee Stout.) This year I wasn’t up for it. The fake pomp, show, and posturing are just too much for this non-pol.

  5. If anyone was fooled by the supposed congressional bi-partisanship last night, freshman senator Jim Webb’s rebuttal to the President immediately following the speech should have taken care of that confusion. Let’s just say it was ample example of the “My way or the highway” cliche.

  6. Totally unrelated…
    I had a dream last night that I was back at Eagle Lake as some senior counselor advisor or sumthin. You were there (with some guys I went to seminary with, too). It was disturbing. But not because of you.
    Anyway, I thought I’d share that with someone. Hope it makes your day. Or at least this minute of that day.

  7. Too many pieces of pizza before bedtime, Jared. Next thing you know you’ll be dreaming we were once in a band together.
    Oh wait a minute…

  8. Well, during the State of the Union…When Bush acted all proud to be the first president to say “madame speaker…”
    I did throw up a little in my mouth.

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