Political Rant Vol. 1

21 03 2010

From time to time, I will rant about politics and express my political beliefs. I once studied political science at Tennessee State University, in between having fun and calling Nashville “my personal playground.” By no means am I an “expert.”

To disclose: I was once a mercenary volunteer for the Gore/Lieberman 2000 Presidential campaign. I am a little jaded obviously. People are quick to say that Bush stole the election that year. I am very quick to respond that Al Gore LOST HIS HOME STATE OF TENNESSEE WHICH IF HE HAD WON WOULD HAVE GIVEN HIM THE ELECTION! Of course, I usually say this in all caps. I remember watching “The U” on ESPN, which is a documentary about the University of Miami’s football team from the early 80’s to the mid-90’s. If you have not seen this documentary, I would encourage you to watch, as the entire series of documentaries that ESPN has done is easily the best and most entertaining that the network has done in years. Jimmy Johnson, one of the former head coaches for Miami who would go on to coach the Dallas Cowboys and is now pimping Extenze, was dealing with his players after a particularly painful loss to Notre Dame. The Miami team pointed out the missed calls that the referees made in the game. Johnson was also quick to point out that the failure of the Miami team to put Notre Dame away when it had the chance cost them the game, not the refs. The moral: What could you have done to ensure total victory?

So while I do lean towards Democratic principles, I do agree with some of the Republicans traditional ideologies, such as pro-life and fiscal responsibilities in relation to government. I do consider myself independent, and have voted for both Republican and Democratic candidates for different offices. What I do not like is anyone who are so closed-minded that they refuse to give an opinion a second thought if it comes from someone who is affiliated with the opposite party.

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