Monday, November 05, 2012
A brief political rant.
Political opinion warning. If you've had it up to here, come back tomorrow when I'm sure I'll be back to my usual cheerypaddlebabble, or skip down to the next post (it's about the great cleanup we did at Sebago on Saturday, excellent stuff). If, on the other hand, you've been wondering how this basically intelligent Froggyblogger can possibly have been oblivious enough enough to just ignore all the politicking of the recent past, well, read on, I haven't been, I just haven't chosen to use it as blogfodder. Been staying out of the mudslinging 'cause at this point I just don't feel like anything said on a random blog like this one (which started out a little more political, there are some good rants early on, but it really has moved to more just being a blog about being an outdoorsy person finding balance in an indoorsy city) is going to make a SHRED of difference (just piss people off more, more likely), but something Paul Ryan is said to have said finally broke through the political reticence I've been doggedly maintaining on Facebook and what the heck, I'm gonna share that status update here, too. Just this once, before the election. That's all. This was the headline that sucked me in: "Paul Ryan Says Obama Would Compromise 'Judeo-Christian Western Civilization Values'". I was actually hoping that the article would somehow put this in a context that would let me let it go, but it sounds like he really actually said that. So what I said on Facebook is: When do we get to the part of the movie where the time travellers from 1952 who have come forward to undo five decades of human progress that frighten them so badly are finally unmasked and sent back to their own era? Really, the 2012 incarnation GOP frightens me. Not that I think they're going to put me, personally, into a nun robe a la "Handmaid's Tale", but they scare me. I'm saying this now, but it really hit me during the second debate, when I heard Romney talking about how he understands how the problem that women have with work is that they need flexible hours to go home and feed the babies (and sounding incredibly sincere!!!), I thought "This guy does not live in the same century as I do". I want my country's leader to be someone who does. I'm pretty square as things go these days, but as an independent single woman who's just for some unknown reason never craved the whole marriage & children thing for myself (although I love my guy very very much, and I support the marriage, with or without children, for anyone who does want it - this is just me talking for myself here), I just feel like there is some group somewhere in the GOP that looks at me and people like me as somehow leading a life that's wrong. I don't feel like I am and I don't want to wake up on Wednesday morning to find out that that group has somehow been given a new level of influence over my life and the lives of people like me, who just don't quite fall into their version of how things should be. We now return you to our regular programming. Thank you for your patience.