I’ll confess. We don’t have a television in our house. We own one, technically, but after over a year in our storage unit, it was “loaned” to our granddaughter. Therefore, I have to confess, I have no clue what is available on television. I do read the local paper several times a week, but most of my news is found online, via Yahoo, Facebook, Twitter, and Google Plus.
That means I find out about things in a haphazard manner, I suppose, and see the world through slightly distorted glasses as a result. I don’t really know what the big networks are putting out in their news programs. I also don’t think I’m missing much. I was disgusted by television programming a long time ago. I’m equally disgusted at the packaging of channels by cable and satellite companies. I deeply resent being forced to buy channels that I will never watch just to obtain a handful that I may watch sometimes. So…we opted out, a very long time ago. Contrary to what some people think, I’m not a television snob…I’m just not interested in a non-stop parade of pseudo-news, sports, soap operas, silly sit coms, and game shows. I don’t have the attention for “night time drama” either. I refuse to schedule my life around television programs. But…there are some programs I love…when I have the chance to see them. Like “River Monsters”…or “Swamp People”…and even a lot of the cooking shows. I think Ellen Degeneres is hilarious, and I like her talk/variety show. I liked Oprah too, and I think she is an amazing woman. There is a lot of great stuff on television…I just can’t be bothered with remembering when and where to find it. On the other hand, the trashy stuff…is just trashy. It encourages people who lean that way to indulge in progressively trashier behavior in my opinion, but they’d likely find an excuse anyhow.
But enough on the whole television thing. What has come across my screen in a gazillion posts, blogs, websites, etc. is how poor Ron Paul is being blacked out from the media. Now I’ll admit, I have a bad taste in my mouth over Ron Paul courtesy of one fanatical supporter who spammed me to death last week with garbage about him. That chip on my shoulder has already got me glaring at his name. But I can’t help but wonder…
Is all of this hype about how he’s being shut out by the media and “powers that be” of GOP more publicity to gather attention than reality? It’s starting to look like that perpetually tattling 5 year old on the kindergarten playground running to the teacher with 101 offenses by his classmates to get attention for himself. I see something about Ron Paul on the average of once every five minutes. How in the hell is that a media black out?
I will admit…fanatics also scare the dickens out of me. Fanatics are the kind of people that make car bombs, that shoot doctors outside of abortion clinics, that try to hire a hit man to shoot someone wearing fur, or do any of the other 1001 acts of terrorism that occur each year. Ron Paul has what seems like an inordinate number of fanatical supporters.
I wonder if these are the same kinds of supporters who think that same sex marriages are a hazard to our society, that think that personhood laws should protect fetuses and embryos even at the cost of the mother’s life, who think that those who think or act differently from them should be punished for the offense…or any one of the other really scary right-wing bills we’ve seen floating around the nation are good ideas.
Don’t get me wrong…I’m not a true liberal. I’m a conservative liberal on even days, and odd days, I’m a liberal conservative. I believe in balance and common sense. I don’t like a government that is invasive into normal, law-abiding citizens’ daily lives. I also don’t think the government has any business deciding whether or not I will have a baby, get my tubes tied, take birth control pills, who I should or should not marry, etc. (I’m done on the marrying front, by the way…Greg and I did tie the legal knot last fall.) I do think we should have universal health care, but I’m also not convinced that the current Obamacare plan is going to do anyone a favor, let alone make universal health care available to everyone. I think our government is too big, that corporations and big business have gone too far in terms of our politics and their ability to influence laws and politicians too. I believe in our constitution too. I think we need some serious house cleaning in terms of Washington D.C.
But I’m questioning whether I want someone like Ron Paul doing it.
I’ll admit, I like some of the things he says, but I’m also old enough to know that a lot of what is said will never happen after the oath of office is taken. His supporters are what scares me, as I wonder…how much of their ideology does he really support? How many of these people will follow him into Washington if he is elected? How many of these people are going to have the ability to influence how I live my life?
That is what scares me.
That and the whining about how he’s being picked on. Is it real…or just an attention grabbing ploy?
I don’t know, and it’s still months until ballot time, but this upcoming race is depressing. We have few choices, and most of it looks like a choice between a rock and a hard place. Sometimes, I think that the GOP offerings are designed to ensure that President Obama has another four years in office. They are doing their best to make him look good, middle-of-the-road, and far less frightening than what they are intending to see happen in the Oval Office.
What do you think? Which of the Republicans do you see making the grade and ending up on the ballot? My best guess is that it will be Ron Paul, Mitt Romney, or Newt Gingrich. I can’t see any of them choosing their competition as their running mate either, so the VP candidate could be interesting too.
November doesn’t seem far away enough right now to suit me.