I try to keep things light on this blog, mostly because things get pretty complicated and heavy in real life and this is an escape and everyone likes to laugh at dumb people in restaurants so that's easy for me to write about.
I also try to keep my personal personal life offline. Besides introducing you to the closest people in my life. And telling you about my job. And my cat.
But as far as school stuff, I like to keep that on the DL. Mostly because it involves politics and I prefer to not get into an argument on my blog. A debate, sure, but it's been in my past experiences that not everyone is a.) as informed as I am or b.) not as understanding as I am.
I'm not just trying to sell myself, as conceited as that last sentence sounded. It's just been a realization of mine in the past few months that my opinion differs a lot from the people in my profession of choice and also a large portion of my real-life community. So I like to make sure I don't step on any toes if I don't have to.
All of that was a great huge lead up to THIS:
Last night my University held the National Republican Debate. CNBC was there, CNN was there for a while, all of our local stations were there, and all eight of the candidates were in attendance.
Being an International Relations major (have I mentioned that before? Because that's what I am.) I LOVED LOVED LOVED being a part of a huge political occurrence right in my backyard.
I even liked the fact that it was the GOP. If you didn't watch the debate, you missed out on some pretty good laughs. Rick Perry may as well just give up after he forgot his third agency and had to ask Ron Paul for help. Hearing Herman Cain always relate back to his sacred "9-9-9" plan (even when the question had to do with HEALTHCARE!) was expected, but fun nonetheless. I think my favorite part of the actual debate was listening to Michelle Bachmann because... well, she's just funny to listen to. Especially her dances around the questions. Yes, Mrs. Bachmann, we understand you're a politician. But it's ok if you answer a question upfront. We (the voters) like that.
Some very important Michigan government officials opened up the night, including our Governor. Our University President attended, which was weird- I've been attending this school for a while and this was the first time I had ever seen him in person. I've heard of his presence and I've been told stories that he exists somewhere, but now I can say that he is a real person, not a tuition-hiking myth.
The republicans of my great state had some really funny things to say, like "Obama hates his country" and "we need to do this to get rid of democrats." Not in so many words, but if you listen closely, that's what it turned into. Maybe not quite THAT mean, but they definitely don't like Obama.
I tweeted during the debate, mostly to try and get on the news (HEY CNBC! PAY ATTENTION TO ME!) but also because it was pretty interesting. One of my good friends corrected me at one point and here's where I'll step off my political soap box:
As politicians, I believe it is their job to do what the people need. To say what the people need. To figure out exactly what it is that the people NEED in order to be upstanding American citizens. Republican, Democrat, Independent or Pirate parties are all the same these days- everyone wants to make their party affiliation happy. Which is great, because then you get money, but it's also not so great. Party affiliation doesn't do a whole lot for a lot of the population, and our opinions about funding candidates needs some serious tweaking. Instead of caring what the republicans want, focus on what your voters NEED. Instead of going to the democratic party and asking what's important to them, go out on the street and ask YOUR VOTERS what's important to THEM. What they need, want, and desire in an elected official.
So the debate brought me some good laughs, a lot of eye rolling, and bonding time with K. Because it's much more fun to laugh at candidates with your best friend.
But really, it's just fun to laugh at them.