ELECTION COUNTDOWN 2008
GOSH, IT'S ALMOST OVER!
Cynthia Taffypuller of Yelm, WA, decided not to run for president
this year because she feared the FBI would force her to disclose
her Grandma's recipe for celery root stew.
It takes somebody odd
to wanna be president!
By AUDREY YEAGER-MOORE
If you have been interested at all in helping to elect a new president you must be as grateful as I am to be slowly un-sticking yourself from the political treadmill that has held us captive for so long.
The TV has become my lover. I hurry to meet him every morning and reluctantly leave him to get 40 winks at night. Heaven forbid that I should miss 16 or 17 repeats of what I heard last night.
I dont know about you, but I have lost weight, sleep and a couple of friends, maybe more. I also seem to have one dandy case of laryngitis from trying to get a few points across to an unbeliever. I have learned to holler over the best of them.
However, after months of listening to the golden tones of my chosen one mixed with the discordant squawking of the other guy it is beginning to run through my brain like the ticker tape at the bottom of my TV screen.
Why would any sane person want to be president anyway, or, the leader of anything, for that matter? Think about it.
Whatever happens, the fellow at the top is the first one to be blamed, from changing weather patterns--be they hot or cold--to anything that has recently become extinct. Oh, yeah! Its HIS fault!
Imagine that kind of burden on your shoulders. No, they definitely have to be more than a little odd, dont they?
Do you realize what kind of person it takes to blow their own horn for months on end? It seems as though they would be tooted out after an hour or so, but there are those who can keep right on blowing that baby as long as there is a listener.
There is just something so degrading about insisting to the world how darn right wonderful you are; how truthful, how just, how caring, and how matchlessly clever you are at solving national perplexities.
There are few who can maintain that kind of act outside of the field of politics except for perhaps a preening peacock.
And now, some of these Washington D.C. icons are enlisting the aid of show business people. Not that they had to search them out and drag them into campaign headquarters. They were clawing to get in as soon as the banner headlines came rolling off the presses.
If Follywood types didnt have a certain political power before, they sure do now.
Its a free country, and we can bless our founding fathers for writing a few words into the Constitution that allow us the freedom to speak sing dance or act like a donkey; frighteningly like two or three producer/directors I could name.
When I was growing up and supposedly learning about our government just about all we kids knew was the guys name. With our parents it was different. They knew what the candidates stood for and part of the reason for that could be the fact that they were too busy checking out the voting records of the candidates to worry about what Shirley Temple was doing. Please dont tell me you have no idea who Shirley is. Im having a bad enough day.
Voting records? What are voting records?" a young person wanted to know when I mentioned them. A whole new world opened up for the first-time voters as I explained the information available. You might well ask then, how will they made their decision?
They just like his looks.
Oh, Shades of Abraham Lincoln.
I dont know why we should listen to what a celebrity has to say about politics any more than we should listen to the guy next door or my hairdresser. Now, Ronald Reagan, that was something else.
©2008 by Audrey Yeager-Moore. The caricature of Audrey Yeager-Moore is ©2001 by Jim Hummel. The cartoon is from IMSI's Master Clips Collection, 1895 Francisco Blvd. E., San Rafael, CA, 94901-5506, USA. This column first posted Oct. 27, 2008.
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