Smart Girl Politics

December 8, 2010

Before finding Jill Stanek over a year ago, I had never had a “favorite” blogger or a blog I followed.
Through a cyber introduction, I met Cassy (then Fiano) Chesser’s blog and became a huge fan of her work as well, although the details about when, how, and why I found it through Jill are blurry.
Together they gave me reason to start my blog, a place where I could speak my mind about various political and news issues.
Since I started, my small following has given me little to no feedback… something I would love to receive more of.
For all I know, my mom is the only one who thinks I am half decent at this writing business.
With the lack of feedback, I was really starting to think she was just biased!


Thanks entirely to Cassy Chesser’s blog, I have found Smart Girl Politics.
A website I was completely unaware existed a few weeks ago has become a place I visit often.
I love the blog, so many great pieces to read.
When I realized that not only does Cassy belong to this website, but Jill does as well, I knew my thoughts had been confirmed… this really is a website I want to be a part of.

Something I have noticed already, after three simple posts on the SGP blog, is their blog receives a lot more readers than my little blog!
Each of the three posts have received attention and at least one comment.

This brings me to the entire point of this post: I would like to thank Jill Stanek, Cassy Chesser, and Smart Girl Politics.
Jill for introducing me to Cassy, Cassy for introducing me to SGP, and SGP for helping my opinions be heard by a larger group of people than ever before.


Today I have one simple message to share; one thing I want to make sure everyone thinks about.
69 years ago today, the attack on Pearl Harbor occurred.
69 years ago today, 2,402 American soldiers were murdered.
69 years ago today, America became apart of World War II.


Today, if nothing else, take a moment to remember the attacks on Pearl Harbor.
Remember the men and women who lost their lives.
Remember the pain America felt.
Remember the anger and devastation her people experienced.

You may not have been alive when these events occurred.
Your parents may not have been alive when these events occurred.
Your grandparents may not have been alive when these events occurred.
That doesn’t mean you can’t remember these events, though.

You Know The Guy

December 1, 2010

I’ve recently become bothered by something…
Well, not recently per say; it was just brought to my attention yesterday.
There are certain people I cannot stand.
The ones who like to voice their feelings with no background information on the topic.
I know that everyone knows at least one person like this.

Example #1: When someone says they hate President Obama, but when asked why they beat around the bush and give generic answers.

Example #2: When someone says they are worried that a new governor will ruin the state they live in, but when asked why they give you a “he-said-she-said” spiel.

Example #3:  When someone tells you it’s wrong not to attend church, but when asked why they list off some imaginary verse from the Bible that they assume you wont know is completely incorrect.

I am tired of this.
If you decide you need to have an opinion on something, make it an informed opinion.
Make sure that when I question it, you don’t sound like a complete moron while trying to defend it.
Facts are simple, indisputable things.
Opinions vary from person to person and are completely debatable.
To those of you out there who feel the need to randomly pull your opinion out of your ass and back it with nothing but more opinions: learn facts before forming opinions.
This saves you the embarrassment and me the annoyance.
It makes everyone’s life a little easier.

I’ve spent a lot of time lately observing people and realizing just how different one persons opinion can be from another persons.
I’ve come to believe that every person falls into one of three different categories.

TYPE A : He knows what his views are, he knows what he believes. When confronted, he will stand up for these beliefs. In his mind, his opinion is the “right” one, whether he is a liberal, a conservative, or somewhere between. He may believe other opinions are fine for other people, but his is the one that is correct for him.
People can’t sway his opinion, people can’t change it. He is happy with his beliefs and happy with who he is, even if John Doe next door completely disagrees with him.

TYPE B: Type B has an opinion, and he is more than willing to voice it. However, when John Doe disagrees with him, suddenly his opinion changes. No longer is he completely against homosexuality. Today, as long as they keep it in the bedroom, it’s okay… because the neighbor told him he was wrong to believe otherwise.
Not only can people sway Type B’s opinions, so can situations. He practices “Situational Politics”. He may think socialized medicine is a bad thing… until the day he losses his job and no longer has health insurance.
There is no “Black and White” for B… he lives in a world of Gray.

TYPE C: Now this guy is a completely different character. He doesn’t have an opinion. Maybe he has self-esteem issues and thinks his opinion doesn’t matter. Maybe he just doesn’t care enough about his government to form an opinion. Whatever the reason, he avoids political topics altogether. Instead of standing up for himself or changing his opinion when John Doe argues with him, he runs the other way.

I think that, for most Type A’s, there is a road they must travel before reaching their destination.
Through The Land of The C, and over I’m a B Guy Mountain.
I believe most Type A people have been through each stage before finally reaching their current place.
Whether the B and C people just haven’t reached A level yet or they choose to stay where they are likely varies from person to person.

So, which type are you?

The Results Are In

November 4, 2010

November 2nd, 2010 has come and gone.
Americans cast their vote, chose who would represent them and what laws would pass.
The results were unsurprising; everyone expected this.
We all heard talk from both the left and the right concerning the tea partiers and how they will be voicing their opinions this election.
The left claimed that members of the tea party don’t represent the majority of Americans.
Right leaning individuals such as myself called the left crazy; especially after seeing the election results.
Twenty-three states turned red on every governor election map this week.
Eleven of those states turned a bright shade of blue last election.
The race for the senate had very similar results.
Those darn tea partiers!
They brain washed the people of these once democratic states! Right?

The “Tea Party” isn’t filled with crazies.
The tea party represents every American citizen who is not okay with the government taking more and more of their money and spending it on… what?
Bailouts? School? The environment? Socialized healthcare?
How has this helped us?
We have a few companies that shouldn’t have succeeded and, had they not been touched by the Obama administration, would have suffered the same fate as any other private business under the same circumstances.
The kids still have terrible test scores.
Who cares what is happening to the environment when the economy is so crappy?
A lot of us don’t even have jobs… but make sure we save the fish in the Gulf of Mexico.
And let’s not get started on the socialized healthcare. That’s an entirely new post.

This week we watched an interesting race.
In Florida, Marco Rubio, a Republican of hispanic decent, dominated Charlie Crist, an Independent, by 1,026,441 votes in the race for the Senate
Even Crist beat the candidate the Democrats sent in, Kendrick Meek, by 512,793 votes.
Never before would I have guessed that another party would come into play during these elections.
I remember, when I was a child, the map was always red and blue.
When a state votes Independent, what color are we going to be adding?

We saw Johnson take control of Wisconsin, by a small percentage, and Hoeven easily took the race for Senator in North Dakota.
I checked the map at around 9:30 Election Night and saw just how beautiful it looked.
So many red states!

I think this is a sign of what is to come.
Will we be saying goodbye to our lovely President in two years?
I think we will, unless he cleans up his act.
With over 70% of Americans unsatisfied with the route we are going, we may see even more states turn red in 2012.

As for my state, Oregon, it was such a close race for Governor.
I thought Dudley would take it.
But no, he lost by 1%.

I am excited to see what the election of 2012 will bring.

It’s Time For Change

November 2, 2010

It’s Election Day 2010.
This is a big day… not just for me, but for every American.
They may not realize it now, but what happens today will have an effect on the country they live in.

We have all been told that our vote counts.
Just one vote can change everything!
And today, that’s just what we want… change.
In July 2010, 76% of Americans were dissatisfied with the direction our country is headed…
I am certainly one of those Americans!
Such a high percentage of people wanting change… change that President Obama promised 2 years ago… and Americans are still unhappy?
This is what our president promised, but it obviously isn’t what the American people wanted..

Recently, I was house hunting.
Not to buy a home, but instead to rent.
It seemed like time and time again, when I found a house or apartment for rent, it was already taken when I called.
I eventually got lucky and found an apartment for rent and called just a couple of hours after the “For Rent” sign was placed on the fence.
I was one of five people who had called on it over that short period and, lucky for me, the owner took a liking to me.

Whose fault is this? Who is to blame?
Why was it so difficult to find a rental, and so easy to find homes for sale?!
Why are people selling their homes left and right?
Was it Bush’s fault? Is it Obama’s fault?
Everyone has their own opinion.
Everyone thinks they know what caused this problem.
Everyone thinks they know how to fix it.
Everyone in America has their own opinion, and today is the day for some real change.
Citizens of America: If you haven’t voted yet, get out there and do it before it’s too late.
Don’t let my opinion mean more than yours today.

Taylor Swift

October 1, 2010

Taylor Swift, the 20 year old country/pop singer, songwriter, and actress, released her debut song “Tim McGraw” in 2006 and after “Our Song” hit the radio that same year, I didn’t know a single person who had never heard her name.

In 2006, she was a 16 year old young lady, and so was I.
I’ve always been a bit ashamed to admit it, but I have always felt I could relate to her songs when they were first released.
She and I are mere months apart in age and her songs always seem to explain the events occurring in my life.
When I heard “Our Song“, it told the story of the relationship I was in at the time very well.
When “Love Story” hit the airways, I couldn’t help but love this new hit, too.
My Daddy said stay away from Juliet,” was easily my favorite line.
My Daddy didn’t say those same words, but my father certainly didn’t approve of the guy I was dating when I first heard this song.

Now Taylor has presented me with a new song and, once again, she did an amazing job of telling the world how I feel.
The relationship I am in currently has not reached the level described in the song, but I would love to see it do so.
I don’t come from the broken home and I don’t fear if I fall in love, it will eventually end, but everyone knows no relationship is perfect and Taylor tells us this.
She also tells us that just because the relationship isn’t perfect doesn’t mean it wont work.
There will always be ups and downs and you two will disagree from time to time, but that doesn’t mean you have to throw in the towel!

Feminists seem to disagree.
How dare Swift tell a story about a healthy, normal, and traditional relationship?

Before I quote a few Femi-Nazi’s, I would like to quote Taylor Swift herself. These are the lyrics to “Mine“:

You were in college working part time waiting tables
Left a small town, never looked back
I was a flight risk with the fear of fallin’
Wonderin’ why we bother with love if it never lasts

I say “Can you believe it?”
As we’re lyin’ on the couch
The moment I can see it
Yes, yes I can see it now

Do you remember we were sittin’ there by the water?
You put your arm around me for the first time
You made a rebel of a careless man’s careful daughter
You are the best thing that’s ever been mine

Flash forward and we’re taking on the world together
And there’s a drawer of my things at your place
You learned my secrets and you figure out why I’m guarded
You say we’ll never make my parents’ mistakes

But we’ve got bills to pay
We’ve got nothing figured out
When it was hard to take yes, yes
This is what I thought about

Do you remember we were sitting there by the water?
You put your arm around me for the first time
You made a rebel of a careless man’s careful daughter
You are the best thing that’s ever been mine

Do you remember all the city lights on the water
You saw me start to believe for the first time
You made a rebel of a careless man’s careful daughter
You are the best thing that’s ever been mine

And I remember that fight 2:30 AM
You said everything was slippin’ right out of our hands
I ran out crying and you followed me out into the street

Brace myself for the goodbye
Cause that’s all I’ve ever known
Then you took me by surprise
You said “I’ll never leave you alone”

You said:
“I remember how we felt sittin’ by the water
And every time I look at you it’s like the first time
I fell in love with a careless man’s careful daughter
She is the best thing that’s ever been mine”

The video shows random flashbacks of her parents fighting when she was a child, and the longer you watch the video, the older Taylor and the man she marries become.
They go from meeting at a restaurant, to moving in together, to him proposing on a boat in a lake, to their wedding, to the fight, to them with their children.
I can only hope that the life I share with the man I love goes as beautifully as the life portrayed in the video.

Jamie Keilies of Teenagerie seems to disagree with me:

This song is rife with freaky-deaky, weirdo language that frames Swift as someone perpetually under the ownership, or at least care, of a male authority. The lyrics describe her as not a woman, but as a “careless man’s careful daughter” that her new boyfriend has “made a rebel of.” This is problematic to me, in the sense that it implies a transfer of her ownership from one man to another. I think it’s weird in this song that she doesn’t seem to have any sense of her own identity away from the love interest, or her father. I do, however, give her props for the use of the line “we got bills to pay.” Though grammatically incorrect, it implies that Taylor will be helping to pay the bills though some means of gainful employment. Let’s go back in time 50 years so that I can congratulate her on being progressive!

Jamie, like most feminists, is disgusted by the idea of a woman wanting to be in a traditional relationship.
It seems if women decide they would rather fall in love, get married, and start a family instead of getting a college education, landing a killer job, and focusing completely on their career, there is something wrong with them.

Shahida Arabi said, in a comment left on a blog post by CHLOE on

I think it’s important to note the fact that Swift’s song is about mutual ownership– the man in question is “mine” or hers, and she is “his” — let’s be careful about labelling everything in a black-and-white fashion–her intention was probably not to imply that she is the sole property of a man but to document a love story (what else is new?) and a sense of belonging to each other. Swift does emphasize love a lot in her songs, and it is true that this detracts from a sense of personal identity and places the focus on her object of romantic fascination. Even “Fifteen,” a song about the loss of innocence and naivety deals directly with the loss through the medium of a romantic relationship–thus one could argue that Swift is always defined by her relationship to another male figure. However, I initially saw the line about being the “careful daughter” of a “careless man” in “Mine” as more of a juxtaposing technique in the song rather than an intended reinforcement of patriarchial constructs.

But now, I would challenge why is it that she is never a “daughter” of her mother, of course, and I would also look at some of her other songs which threaten a cheating male with her father’s violent payback (e.g. “And if you come around saying sorry to me/My daddy’s gonna show you how sorry you’ll be”) and this is a common dose of “Daddy’s little girl” and Daddy as the aggressive protector of his daughter. Even “Love Story” draws on this motif, saying, “My daddy said stay away from Juliet” and “I talked to your Dad go pick out a white dress”…I think contextually, this is personal to Swift and her relationship with her Dad, but I can see how it can be interpreted within a framework of misogny–after all, why does ‘Dad’ get to decide everything? Why is ‘Dad’ the angry defender against male predators?

I understand where these women are coming from… kind of.
I do not, by any means, agree with them.
The song “Mine” is a beautiful one that even my 19 year old brother, being a Taylor Swift hater, loves.

In the end, I guess this is all just my way of venting.
When I first read about an attack on Taylor Swift due to this song receiving radio play, I was appalled.
I had yet to hear it, so I jumped on YouTube to learn more.
After the first verse, I was in love with “Mine“.
The idea of a woman not wanting what is portrayed in this song is almost impossible for me to wrap my mind around, as that is a chapter of my life that I can’t wait to start.