Why Conservatives Make Me Nuts

Well, I said no more political posts, but I also said I would tell you why Conservatives Make Me Nuts. I thought I DID tell you, because I woke up early one morning when we were in D.C., wrote this post, and clicked PUBLISH, except I must have clicked SAVE DRAFT instead, because it never went out. So, here it is…

Just like with liberals, it all comes back to John Cusak‘s speech in Say Anything

I don’t want to sell anything, buy anything, or process anything as a career. I don’t want to sell anything bought or processed, or buy anything sold or processed, or process anything sold, bought, or processed, or repair anything sold, bought, or processed. You know, as a career, I don’t want to do that.

It makes me nuts when liberals make this a policy that should apply to everyone, but it makes me just as nuts when conservatives make a policy that should not apply to anyone. When they define value in only practical terms and they don’t allow for deviations from a very narrow path.

Because if everyone made pants, the world would be a pretty dull place and we wouldn’t change or adapt or make progress.

We need impractical dreamers like Lloyd, starving artists and people who live off the grid. We need people who don’t follow the obvious path and who test the boundaries. We need a stable center of people focused on the common good while allowing for deviations so the common good will evolve over time. We need both, one without the other doesn’t work.

Now, really, that is the end of my political posts, until something else inspires me or makes me nuts. 🙂


Grown Up Time with Jon Stewart

Jon Stewart Rally

Look at that. There we are. Blue Eyes and I. On our own. Out of Town. Doing grown-up things like eating at restaurants without kids meals, staying out late and sleeping in, having long, uninterrupted conversations and attending Jon Stewart and Steven Colbert’s Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear in Washington D.C.

Jon Stewart Rally

This photo maxes out my zoom lens so you can see, well, not the stage exactly, but the Jumbotron. The stage is beyond that. The Mythbusters guys led the rally in the wave, from the stage to the end of the crowd. We were far from the front, but we were 17 seconds into a 56 second wave.

My favorite parts of the rally:

To sum it up in a word, it was patriotic. It was about loving your country and how to love it well by being willing to listen and being kind.

There were lots of smart and/or funny signs at the rally, here are a few favorites:

  • (picture of Elephant and Donkey sitting down to tea) Can We Just HAVE tea and TALK?
  • I Might Disagree With You But I’ll Still Drink With You
  • Only the Sith Deal in Absolutes
  • This Sign is Heavy

I will pass along advice from Tony Bennett – Please vote on Tuesday.

I saw one more funny sign on the plane, not related to the rally. It was outside the airplane bathroom. I didn’t know airlines needed a sign for this and I’m not sure if the people who need the sign are the same people who obey signs, but here it is.

Jon Stewart Rally

That is all for my October-only-political-series-of-posts. In my alternate universe, where I have time for everything, I would have a second political blog. But in this universe, trying to write about politics and parenting is keeping me up too late at night, so it’s back to Sparkles and Buttercup for me. Stay tuned and I’ll tell you how the girls were dressed in their Halloween princess costumes when we went to a castle to find out if the Beast was there…


Why Liberals Make Me Nuts

I wrote a post recently, Jon Stewart and My Sister, that mentioned, somewhere in there, that conservatives and liberals both make me crazy.

My liberal friends might wonder why liberals make me crazy, so I thought I would write another political post or two, leading up to the Jon Stewart rally this Saturday.

Do you remember Say Anything, with John Cusak playing Lloyd Dobler who wanted to win the love of the more traditional and conservative Diane Court? Lloyd was having dinner with Diane and her parents and Lloyd give this passionate speech to Diane’s father…

I don’t want to sell anything, buy anything, or process anything as a career. I don’t want to sell anything bought or processed, or buy anything sold or processed, or process anything sold, bought, or processed, or repair anything sold, bought, or processed. You know, as a career, I don’t want to do that.

As the unique story of one man, this is a fine speech, but some liberals make it a policy of sorts that should apply to everyone and that makes me nuts because while Lloyd Dobler is making this passionate speech, he is wearing pants.

Somebody had to make those pants. Someone had to buy the material, design the pattern and operate the sewing machine. Someone had to purchase the pants for the retail store and someone had to ring up the sale when Lloyd came in looking for pants.

There is honor in making things that people want, even if what they want is every day and routine. Our country has a huge random collection of the millions of things that people need and it has a huge random collection of the millions of things people can do and it is a beautiful thing when the two meet. That isn’t selling out, that is being a part of the interwoven fabric that keeps us all from running around naked. Some times I hear “corporations are evil” and “I’ll never work for The Man,” but that is like saying you don’t believe in rain. As long as we drive cars and use computers, corporations just ARE and sure, we can improve how they work, but it doesn’t make sense to me to make such broad generalizations or check-out all together.

Later this week , I’ll write about why conservatives make me nuts and be sure to check in tomorrow, when I write about two guys dressed up like over-processed chicken nuggets and corn-syrupy dipping sauce …