26 October 2006

God, I Wish this Woman was Still Around!

Ann Richards, former Governor of Texas
9-1-1933 to 9-13-2006


At October 26, 2006 10:44 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I know, I miss Ann. Cheryl, if you're not already familiar with the journalism of Molly Ivins, you'd like her.

At October 26, 2006 11:05 AM, Blogger Cheryl said...

I have adored Molly Ivins for years! I linked to a video of her in a recent post about sex toy sales in Texas. I would have posted the video if I could have figured out how to steal it from Feministing.

Ivins is wonderful. But isn't that story of Ann's just the funniest thing you've ever heard? And it seems it's all off the cuff. What a great woman. How did wimpyboy ever beat her???

At October 26, 2006 9:19 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

She definitely left her mark and while we're aware of it now and certainly when it was going down, I don't think we really have a good grasp on just how much she did. When more time's passed we'll be better able to see how her actions will have changed things. We're too close to the catalyst now. So we get the immediates but not the long term. Would you like me to paraphrase again? Because I can. Holy shit, make it stop!

At October 27, 2006 9:35 AM, Blogger Cheryl said...

Kristin (or are you going fully anon now?) the pink pill, Hon. Take one of the pink pills.

How's the old song go?...you don't know what you got until it's gone. I hope Texas missed her after they voted asshole into office. I hope they hang their heads in shame over what they've done. Just imagine if Ann Richards had been the first female president of the US!...

At October 27, 2006 11:34 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cheryl~ I'm still me, but there were way too many mes out there with my boring name.

I'm still laughing over the pink pill comment because it is so damned accurate. I think the whole blogosphere can predict my cycle by posts and comments.

Time for a little Texas slander. I think the larger percentage of the population doesn't have any concept of what's going on in the rest of the country. They have a long and inexplicably proud tradition of Assholes in Office. But they vote, which is another difference between 'us' and 'them'. Not enough people do, and I think it stems from the feeling that we don't really have choices. There isn't enough diversity in the candidates, it's a choice between being screwed and being screwed. You're always picking what you hope is the lesser of two evils for President rather than someone you'd really like to see in office. In the Bush - Kerry election there was a lot of enthusiasm, at least here in the East. But ultimately it's still two rich white guys.

Richards as President is a hardcore idea. It wouldn't have been easy for us as Americans as she was always making tough choices and held a high ethical standard. That's not to say that's a bad thing in any way, but friction and transition isn't what people seem to want - the platforms are all about preserving what's best for us, coddling our needs, little to do with "hey, this is all fucked up and it has to change." I'm retracting that. The campaigns are all about how terrible the other guy is and how great you are.

At October 31, 2006 10:35 AM, Blogger Cheryl said...

I can't say as I've ever noticed severe mood swings on your blog, Kristin, but then maybe I'm swinging right along with you so it all seems level to me.

"It wouldn't have been easy for us as Americans as she was always making tough choices and held a high ethical standard."

That's exactly what I'd like most. It's one of the reasons I'd so like to see Obama as pres. We need someone in office who will do the right thing regardless and remind us of our decent center, which we seem to have lost touch with in the past couple of decades. We've lost touch with our decency to the point that we will turn a blind eye to blatant torture because we delude ourselves that it's keeping us "safer."

As for why Americans don't vote, it's a number of things in my opinion. Yes, we don't feel there are legitimate choices out there. I also think people don't feel they deserve to vote because they don't understand the issues and politics and the law have just become too complicated.

But mostly I think we have become civically lazy. We'd rather watch Nascar and Monday Night Football than read the newspaperand learn /understand the issues candidates are talking about. So many of us look at the simplest lowest common denominator (illegal aliens crossing the border) rather than learning about the subtleties of what that issue means. We are no longer a thinking political nation and it pisses me off!


Maybe I should try one of those pink pills. All of mine are white. Got an extra?

At November 01, 2006 2:20 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

There are a lot of reasons that will prevent Obama from getting into office, all in a wide range of stupid, including a last name that doesn't sound (and isn't) Anglo. In order to accomplish something like that, we'd all have to have a vote... oh, wait. We do.

Laziness is one of the primary reasons we don't, I think. So is apathy. Even getting to the polls and waiting in line is a hardship for some people though that's not always attributed to laziness. In Australia (and probably other places I can't think of at the moment), voting is mandatory. You are legally required to cast your ballot. Would that be unConstitutional here? I need to review my facts. Not that I'm opposed to amending Amendments. It doesn't let Australia off the hook for Little Johnny Howard any more than it does us for Dubya, but the 'use it or lose it' campaign doesn't sound half bad right now.

I've given up all pharmacueticals for Lent. Don't know why I find that so amusing. Could be the booze. Cheers, mate.

At November 01, 2006 10:58 AM, Blogger Cheryl said...

Well, I used to think we had a vote. After the last two presidential elections, I don't feel as assured that we have a legitimate voice in the electoral process anymore but that's another story. I found out the other evening that my county has voting machines with a paper trail, so I feel a little better about that but there are far too many Diebold machines out there for me to feel safe that our votes really count. Add that to the long line of reasons people give to believe it doesn't make any difference = even more apathy.

Frankly, I think laziness is the greatest reason. It permeates everything anymore...work ethic, education, politics. Laziness and entitlement. We want to be spoon-fed. Unfortunately, the stuff that's been spoon-fed to the electorate over the last decade or so has been lies and more lies.

We are really starting to suck as a nation. I wish I knew what we could do to change that.

Kristin, Lent isn't until February or so. Maybe it's best to stay on the chemicals until after Christmas?...


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