Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Home sweet crazy, closed-minded, redneck home

I promise I am not suddenly going to turn this into a political blog. Really I'm not. But, um, Wisconsin? You are dead to me. That is tough to say, considering you raised me, fed me, gave me shelter for the first 23 years of my life. But you have let me down, and I am ashamed of you. Bad Wisconsin. Bad, bad, bad.

I suppose "dead to me" is a little strong... and more than a little unrealistic, of course. I actually do have to return to my home state twice in the next eight weeks, as my parents seem to have this wild idea that we should spend the holidays together or something. Madness, I know.

Come to think of it, my parents are actually a pretty good metaphor for how I feel about their state as a whole right now. I may not see the world through the same cloudy window as my George W.-supporting, Limbaugh-loving father does... I may want to tear off my ears or set something on fire when he starts talking about how Bill Clinton was the worst thing ever to happen to this country... But he is my father, and he's the only one I've got. And so it is with Wisconsin. I may disagree violently with the views the state as a whole voiced yesterday, but it will, of course, in some way always be home.

I think I finally know just how my Ohioan friend felt about two years ago at this time.

OK, political blogging off. I promise I will come up with something more positive (or at least more neutral and trivial) to write about later. Deal?

4 comments:

-R- said...

Could I read your blog more frequently today? No. My bosses are all Republican, so I have no one to discuss these crazy things with today!

3carnations said...

I consider myself Republican, if I have to choose a party, but I would not have voted for the death penalty or against gay marriage.

This is perhaps the third blog I have said this on in the past three days, but I would really prefer a no-party political system. I don't know if that's realistic or not, but I don't like to be categorized within a political party. I don't feel I agree with one hundred percent with any one party's ideals, and I can't imagine I'm the only one who feels that way.

stefanie said...

R--I feel your pain. I'm surrounded by Republicans here, too, many of whom live across the river in Hudson and likely voted Yes on that damned amendment. My very Democratic, former Twin-Cities-based friend who is now in Seattle has been emailing me all day, though. Perhaps I should start copying you on replies to get you into that loop? ;-)

3Cs--I actually agree with you, despite all my ranting to the contrary. I honestly don't consider myself totally a Democrat. If I had to pick any one specific party, I'd actually probably go Green, but overall, I'd say I'm independent. But I so vehemently disagree with the agenda of the current Republican leadership that I am siding with the Democrats strongly and solidly right now. I don't agree with every single item of their "official" platform, but until we ARE actually able to overcome the two-party system, they are the side I identify with the most.

ePixie29 said...

Stefanie - no need to feel you have to be neutral and trivial! Good lord, not when so many people believe with you right now that the current leadership and way of doing politics is getting us no where.

I say, get on a soapbox woman, and shout. We'll listen!