Let it be known that I am not by nature drawn to politics. I do not watch them carefully, I do not discuss my position, I do not engage. This has been my luxury in a country with so much freedom that, on a day to day basis, I don’t even notice my government. It has been my privilege to ignore the quibbles and take a quiet, private stance on issues. My hand has been forced. I am not attempting here to turn this lovely blog into a political forum fraught with bickering and backstabbing and all the ungentlemanly, fallacious foul play that occurs when politics is introduced into a conversation. But I can no longer afford to be silent; I have to take a stand.
The trigger to this is Facebook and Yahoo! news. They are separate issues, but have effected the same result. I am fired up enough to admit to my political convictions. I would like to believe that “they” have made a powerful enemy, but we shall see. I’m fighting mad, emphasis on the fighting bit.
Time to admit my background. I’m from Wisconsin (GO PACK, GO!) and I am employed and trained in the Arts. My facebook friends are very talented musicians, artists, and actors from Wisconsin (for the most part). You see where this is going. My facebook feed is littered with “Another reason I celebrate when I wake up and Obama is President”. Jack “Recall Walker” Smith. Collecting signatures. Occupy, Occupy, Occupy. I didn’t really pay much attention to this, knowing my friends are from time immemorial, inclined to be … bohemian…but over Christmas break, I asked my Dad what on earth was so daggone bad about Scott Walker. I just looked up his website, moments ago. He’s brilliant! He’s reasonable! He has a plan to make Wisconsin prosperous! A truly progressive thinker, he advocates lower taxes, less red tape, opting out of ObamaCare. He has a positive attitude and is trying to put Wisconsin back on track to be an economical giant, like Texas and South Dakota. WHAT can my friends find to dislike about him?! I’m going public with my support any minute now.
The other rankling thing is Yahoo! news. I am not so docile that I swallow their clever plan. They are trying to pick the GOP candidate for us! “Romney rival’ offensive fails” “GOP race could be drawing to a close” “Is it over?” Why are we allowing social media to decide for us? I am infuriated that Yahoo! would presume to make the call for the GOP. Thank you, but we will decide for ourselves. And frankly, Mitt Romney is far from what I am looking for from a presidential candidate. For an enemy strategy, well done, Yahoo!. Pick the candidate least likely to draw unqualified support, the easiest to beat, the tractable one and stand beside him. I refuse to accept the candidate preferred by my enemies.
Time to leave my warm closet. I am a radical conservative; socially and fiscally. Join me! It is the wave of the future.