I am the last person in the world who should write a post about politics because, guess what? I don't give a shit about politics.  Never have.

But in the midst of mid-term elections; in the midst of continuous INYOURFACECOVERAGEALLOFTHEFUCKINGTIME; in the midst of a shift of power from Blue to Red (and for the record, I totally had to make sure I had the right colors because, what do I know?); in the midst of seeing a barrage of FB status updates of liberal friends who are contemplating moving to Mazatlan; in the midst of cringe-worthy headlines like: "This is the night we witness the sharpening of the GOP's conservative edge;" in the midst of all of this I feel compelled to crawl out from under my comfortable blanket of political apathy and say a few things.

One: I am a registered Independent. I tend to be socially liberal, fiscally conservative and in general I believe in smaller government which probably makes me more of a Libertarian than anything else. I am pro-choice - FOR EVERYTHING. The right to bear arms. The right to say stupid shit. The right to abort a child. The right to ride around without a seatbelt because really, who are you hurting besides yourself?  The only thing people shouldn't be allowed to choose is jeggings. Jeggings are just a travesty. Period.   

Two: Smaller government. I can't get enough of it. Seriously: if we brought our Founding Fathers back from the grave through some miracle combination of magic, David Blaine & reality TV and showed them what was debated in Congress, I am pretty sure they would fall back over dead again. Immediately.  I think the majority of the shit debated on Capitol Hill has no business being debated by politicians.  Period.

Three: Our politicians have gotten fat and lazy. Regardless of party affiliation. Period. Term limits exist for a reason. Only they exist in some political jobs and not others. I don't know why, but I think fresh blood and new ideas are what will keep us moving forward. I am not saying that someone can't hold the same job for a hundred gazillion years and do it well.  But I think we should limit the amount of time that our civil servants SERVE THEIR PUBLIC. 

Four: Dear Politicians Everywhere: Please remember why you ran in the first place and why you were elected.  It is, unequivocally, to serve your constituents.  Not so you can charter private planes to jet around the country.

Five: I despise Nancy Pelosi and Sarah Palin equally.

Six:  Once again I have to wonder, is this the best we have? Where are the Thomas Jeffersons? The George Washingtons? The Abraham Lincolns? Where are the men and women who believe in this country and the principles on which it was founded? How is it that this year's crop of candidates is mostly made up of crooks, nutjobs, criminals and extremists?

Seven: The great thing about our country is that it is a democracy. And by democracy I mean that people can all live together, believe in different things, have different philosophies, and not murder one another because we disagree. I am sorry for my liberal friends who are dismayed at the results playing out as I type this.  But I am not dismayed to see the Democrats lose power (Taxes! Taxes! Taxes!). On the flip side, I have no interest in a nation run by right-wing extremists shoving ethics and religion down my throat. I might agree with your economic policies - but don't you dare infringe on my personal rights.

Eight: At the end of the day I wish we didn't default to political extremes. I wish that there was some sort of middle ground. I wish there was purple.

I heard this morning on NPR that politicians spent somewhere in the neighborhood of $4 Billion on election campaigns and advertising. FOUR BILLION.  Four billion to what? Piss me off? Alienate me? Buy my vote? I am fairly certain that that statistic shows that today's crop of candidates are not wise stewards of their capital. I can think of so much good that $4 Billion could do. Hate-mongering, name-calling, and mud-slinging are not among them.

Tomorrow it will all be over.  And I will be relieved because OHDEARGOD I am tired of all of this. And then we can all relax until late 2011 when the cycle will start all over again. And you know what? That's the great thing about being an American.      

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Yet another reason why we are friends! Apparently, I must be purple too. But I'm also a Libra, which is my ultimate excuse. I love that I love people on both sides of the fence, but it is nice to know I have a fellow straddler.

I vote because it is my civic duty. Well, that, and I may want to bitch about it later. But damn, is it ever tiring trying to research every dang candidate, because they aren't getting my vote unless I believe in what they stand for?!?

Also, I totally shook the house with laughter, because number five hit home, hard.

oh my gosh. ARE YOU IN MY HEAD?? I could have written this post. But you did it so much better than I would have.

also: DOWN WITH JEGGINGS.

Democrats lowered your taxes. Republicans are not fiscally conservative. Yes, $4 billion is INFUCKINGSANE and I think campaign finance reform would go a long way toward injecting fresh non-billionaire blood into the political stream.

This post is awesome. I consider myself "purple," too, and I'm hoping we're part of a much larger trend.

Thinking about the amount of money they spend on campaigns makes me ill, as I watch the voting results come in and see all the local school levies here in Ohio that failed (thankfully, ours passed--which is a big reason we live in this city). Those billions of dollars could have been put to SO much better use.

And thank you, THANK YOU, for number five. :D

All I saw was jeggings and knew I liked you. Jeggings are just a very very bad idea. I teach middle school, where bad fashion ideas are proudly worn by every girl who thinks she is the next Coco Chanel. Amazingly, I have not seen a single jegging yet this year. Amazing.

Ahhh...yes. If the government only took care of what was laid out by the founding fathers and went by the constitution-we wouldn't have all this ridiculous politicking OR super high taxes. If they did what they were designed to do-they wouldn't need a bunch of money OR be billions, trillions now?, of dollars in debt.

Also? Jorts should no longer be a choice either.

Just when I think I cannot possibly love you more, you go and prove me wrong.

LOVE this post!!!!!

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