I just laughed too hard at this.
I wonder if any of my artist friends can relate to this. What’s that? ALL of you do? Hm. Indeed.
There are a lot of options for attaching lights to your hands, and all of them are stupid. There’s the GloveLite, the Seven-Mode Rave Glove and the LED Glove. But Party Rats (in the picture above) are my favorite. Probably because they’re “perfect for night blogging.”
Matt Romney in the audience of tonight’s debate.
I’m starting a new club of people who wish everyone would be just a little bit quieter.
Guys, guys, guys—are you paying attention? Are you following the election coverage? You should be. I know everyone is tired and disillusioned with politics—we all are. But it’s more important than ever to be invested in the future and fight for what you believe the country should be. You have more tools than ever to make a difference and have your voice heard.
I’ve been watching the Democratic National Convention this week, and was totally blown away by Bill Clinton’s speech. Not only because he talked for 20 minutes longer than he was supposed to, not only because he’s such an engaging and dynamic speaker (he had the livestream camera guy applauding at one point), but because he touches on the issues and frustrations that we’ve ALL felt going into November. In a word, he slays.
In Tampa a few days ago, we heard a lot of talk. Oh, about how the President and the Democrats don’t really believe in free enterprise and individual initiative. How we want everybody to be dependent on the government. How bad we are for the economy. This Republican narrative, its alternative universe, says that every one of us in this room who amounts to anything, we’re all completely self-made.
One of the greatest chairmen the Democratic Party ever had, Bob Strauss, used to say that every politician wants every voter to believe he was born in a log cabin he built himself. Strauss then admitted it ain’t so. We Democrats, we think the country works better with a strong middle class, with real opportunities for poor folks to work their way into it, with a relentless focus on the future, with business and government actually working together to promote growth and broadly-shared prosperity. We believe that “We’re all in this together” is a far better philosophy than “You’re on your own.”
Though I often disagree with Republicans, I actually never learned to hate them the way the far right that now controls their party seems to hate our President and a lot of other Democrats. That would be impossible for me because President Eisenhower sent federal troops to my home state to integrate Little Rock Central High School. President Eisenhower built the interstate highway system.
When I was a governor I worked with President Reagan at the White House on the first round of welfare reform and with President H.W. Bush on national education goals. I’m actually very grateful … I have to be grateful and you should be too, that President George W. Bush supported PEPFAR. It saved the lives of million of people in poor countries. I have been honored to work with both Presidents Bush on national disasters, in the aftermath of the south Asian tsunami, Hurricane Katrina, the horrible earthquake in Haiti … we focus on solving problems and seizing opportunities and not fighting all the time … what works in the real world is cooperation. What works in the real world is cooperation.
One of the thematic undercurrents of TDM’s sequel is the idea of rhetoric in politics—that whoever controls the narrative and convinces the public of it (whether it’s true or not) is ultimately the person who wins power. It’s felt to me, more and more, that the truth is harder to come by than ever in politics.
Would you be surprised to find out the facts in Clinton’s speech check out, a few exaggerations aside? And that the facts in Paul Ryan’s absolutely do not? Do you see why, more than ever, Americans need to take it upon themselves to do actual fact-checking, and not just swallow party rhetoric? Don’t be played, guys. Put the work into understanding what’s happening around you.
Anyway, I won’t get too political on you here—I just want to encourage you guys to invest yourself in your future and this country’s future by registering to vote if you haven’t, and actually taking time out to vote on election day. (Warning: registration deadlines are coming up fast.) Volunteer, talk to your parents and friends, take time to educate yourself on today’s most pressing issues and where each candidate stands on them. That’s your responsibility as an American and an adult.
Good thing I’m both.