I love my little city by the river. It's just big enough, it's relatively quiet, it's pretty darn clean, and normally very user-friendly. It's kind of small, but full of surprises. St Paul is a "grower", rather than a "shower", if you catch my drift.
Now? This week?
Not so much. Our awesome factor has dropped to -35, last time I checked the meter.
To the untrained eye, one would think that our normally diverse city was comprised solely of white folks that wear nothing that isn't red, white or blue-blooded.
A few notes, for those of you fortunate enough to not live in or near our redheaded stepchild town:
- The city/state took it upon themselves to spray paint GIANT american flags along the major freeways. Think 75' x 100' giant. When we drove by one this weekend, all I could say was "gross", to which the Mr. replied, "Why do you hate America so much?"
- Areas of town are blocked off- and not just with your everyday "we're busy teaching juvenile delinquents to pick up trash so you can't drive here right now" variety of barricade. These fancy barriers are cement, topped with chain-link fence, which is then topped with razor wire. Nothing says "Hey! Welcome to our city!" like prison yard decor.
- There are black, tinted window Lincoln Town cars and Navigators EVERYWHERE. No subtlety there whatsoever. Our favorites so far were the ones parked ever-so-inconspicuously outside of the McDonald's by our house for several hours. Helicopters circle above like seagulls waiting for a chubby 6 year-old to drop a few crumbs of mini-donuts. The freeway overpasses have Highway Patrol Officers stationed there, perched and ready for any errant water-balloners (not to be confused with waterboarders, which is something else entirely.)
- Having a convention in your city sucks, in case you were wondering. Times two if you live within 1.5 miles of the festivities, like we do. Oddly enough, however, the whole city smells like hot dogs and american cheese right now, which I find strangely comforting.
Yuk. Or as they said in the local paper's "guide to all things Minnesota" this weekend- I think this is "ishy". I guess "ishy" is a MN thing- who knew?
In case you didn't figure it out already, I'm what I like to call "The liberal's liberal".
I like government staying out of my personal life. I would like to have more of a say in what happens in my world. I would like politicians to be held accountable occasionally when they lie, cheat and steal. I'm tired of religion and abortion issues being part of the political process. I'm tired of this fraud of a war. I want people to care more about humans as a whole, rather than employing the "I got mine" approach. I'm tired of people profiting off of the misery of others. I wish that racism, sexism, ageism, etc...weren't the rule rather than the exception. I'm tired of politicians and people in general not taking responsibility for themselves. I'm sick of corporate greed and corruption. I wish taking care of the environment was mandatory, not optional. I'm tired of having "Christian values" and "family values" shoved in my face by people who haven't the slightest meaning of either of those concepts.
I guess I just wish things were better, somehow. And yes- I blame a lot of these problems on the current administration.
Even if these problems were problems already when they got into office 8 years ago, I blame them for making them worse and turning a blind eye to the monumental mess that this country has become. The average citizen has been used, abused and tossed aside, and I think it's high time something productive and honest was done about it.
This is how I feel, you are entitled to feel differently. I can respect an informed opposing opinion. We can agree to disagree, I do believe that is possible. I'm not asking for a debate or trying to sway anyone. I'm just ranting on my blog, for whatever that's worth.
I'm not the boss of you.
I am, however, very pessimistic and very fearful about the future.
And- I consider myself neither Democrat nor Republican, in case you wanted to know.
But I do know who I'm voting for, and I'm pretty sure it's not anyone visiting my lovely city as part of the political circus taking place this week.
Nope. Not a chance in hell.
I'm totally voting for this dude:
It's time to kick ass and take names, people.
Chubby karate office dude '08!!