Advocating an Uprising (Part 1)

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parties.jpgI have always registered as a Democrat, being a fairly liberal minded person. I support a woman’s right to choose. I also believe in protecting the environment, and affording equal rights and protections, marriage and otherwise, to my gay/lesbian brothers and sisters.

I feel that in many ways the Democratic Party has hijacked these and other liberal themes not because of idealogy, or that it is representative of their core values, but simply to target that part of the electorate that does not consider itself conservative or part of the religious right. When the main course is gone, you go for the left overs. The convictions of the conservative movement rarely waver, so the Democratic Party is left to identify interests and issues that are important to the remaining citizens and take them up as their causes. I don’t present that this as some startling revelation, nor a recently developed trend, but classify it as a personal realization that I believe has more truth in it than not.

So I must be a Republican now, you ask? Not exactly. Maybe if I was a straight, wealthy, gun-collecting, god-fearing man with 16 children, a Hummer, and a home-built atomic shelter out behind my doubledecked trailer, then yeah, maybe I am a Republican. While I am kidding, (thought we needed a brief moment of levity), I feel the general gist is true. I don’t identify with much of what they stand for. Though there are some aspects of the Republican Party I think are good things… a strong military, less government, and less taxes. But aren’t these among the core staples of the Republican Party? Allow me to pontificate for a moment. Is it possible that those Republican issues I have a problem with are coincidentally shared by the demographic that wants less government and taxes and a stronger military? In this sense, are they any different than the Democrats? I know I am dangerously close to oversimplifying this beyond all hopes of repair… Today’s topic: Pandering makes you neither a pimp nor a politician. Discuss.

So what does that leave? Do I throw my hat to Nader? While I do identify with him on some levels, I don’t see him as someone who could affect change, even with a significant base.

And that’s what it boils down to. Affecting change, and I don’t mean the nickels and dimes in your pocket. I mean bringing about change in this country and this government. And am I’m afraid voting doesn’t really cut it any more, despite all the good intentions of our founding fathers.

More to come…

update on Tuesday, October 19, 2004 at 08:09AM by emurks

In the interest of fairness I would like to bring to the front a comment posted by my good friend Mark D’Elicio:

“Since you have identified a Republican as “wealthy, gun-collecting, god-fearing man with 16 children, a Hummer, and a home-built atomic shelter out behind my doubledecked trailer,” I am curious as to how you identify a Democrat. And since you offer this apparent stereotype in the spirit of levity (yet chose not to do the same to the Democrats), let me offer mine in the spirit of fairness. I suppose I would be a Democrat if I were a “Marin County, Vegan, welfare receiving, entitlement adovacting, VW driver with a frequent flyer card to Planned Parenthood and while espousing myself to be open-minded, fair and appreciative of all points of view, to actually be very narrow in my tolerance of the views of others.”

He of course is absolutely correct. When painting a political party with broad strokes you’re likely to splatter some paint. Not everyone is the same. Not every Republican believes in the same things; nor do the Democrats. Much of what Mark injects in the spirit of fairness and levity, doesn’t apply to me, and I suspect little or none of the levity I injected applies to him. But want to be clear though that I did not make a conscious choice to deny the Democrats their deserved due. It simply didn’t enter the flow of my thinking, which certainly suggests a bias from years of sitting on the Democratic side of the fence. Plus, I would have been ill-equipped to do such a quip justice, which Mark has so admirably done.

I am disappointed however, all quipping aside, that my attempt at levity has been a distraction from the point (which serves as a prelude to an argument that is forthcoming) that I was trying to make: the more you look at the parties, the more they are the same. No matter who you vote for, you are voting for the status quo, and for people who prefer to maintain their positions of power and serving the people only when it serves their interests.

A Rant By Any Other Name…

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Here are some new rants… enjoy.

  • Oversized spoilers that either help the vehicle in question to achieve escape velocity or serve as a place to hang your wet laundry.
  • People who insist on placing the word “good” before “morning” when speaking, presuming that there is anything good about being awake before noon.
  • Van Helsing on DVD.
  • Our cyclist brothers and sisters who demand equality on the road but shirk any of the rules and responsibilities that govern that road.
  • People arriving late at the theater who ask you to move over one seat (when you’ve been there for over an hour) to make room for their screaming baby and their ritalin-starved 12 year old.
  • People who feel that the value of freedom when earned is the same, as when it is given.

    Christopher Reeve Dead at 52

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    superman2.jpgWhile not the first man to don the blue tights or the red cape, he will always be Superman in my eyes. Not only for the role that made him famous, but for his inspiring struggle against the paralysis that has held him these many years. Christopher Reeve passed away today of heart failure at the age of 52.

    Now that he is free of his broken body, he is finally able to fly. Godspeed Superman.

    The Daily Rant

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    Once again I have let far too much time pass between posts and have missed you all terribly in my absence. 🙂 Working on our short film Will has taken up a gargantuan amount of time. However despite the taxing schedule of writing, shooting and editing a film, I still find time to bitch. As my friends know, there is no end to it. It’s my nature. Frankly, I sometimes don’t know how people put up with me. 🙂 So, as an exercise that will hopefully have a cathartic effect, I’ve decided to note down some of those things and expose my inner B for all to see. Some of them are painfully trivial and quite silly, and others I expect you will clearly identify with. I would like to call this new section, the “Daily Bitch”, but since my parents actually visit this site, I will instead give it a G-Rated name.. The Daily Rant. I cannot promise that I will update it daily, as I am often to busy bitching about the world around me to post anything, but I encourage feedback and your own rants to fill in the gaps. Let’s blow off some steam together.

    So today I will start out with the list below. This is by no means a complete list, and nor is it any particular order. And believe me, nothing is to too Politically Incorrect to post. And it is only the beginning.

    • People who practically have to scale their grossly over-sized vehicles like it was their personal Mount Everest are obviously compensating for some inadequacy they hope is comfortably hidden, but in reality is painfully transparent to us all.
    • Packs of motorcycles that swarm through traffic prentending our ride home is their Motorcross.
    • The server at Chilis who insists on on replenishing my tea every time she wanders near, forcing me to dump yet another package of Splenda into my glass.
    • On hold listening to a message in a foriegn language waiting an eternity to hear: “Press 2 for English”. Last time I checked, English was the primary language in this country and deserves to be “Press 1 for English”.
    • People who think “Everybody Love’s Raymond” is actually funny.

    That is all for now… Post away!