[Sorry, this post isn't about "food politics"; it's more about "food" and "politics."]
During dinner with a couple friend last night, my girl friend said, “I’m really surprised we didn’t talk about politics tonight. I always thought you were really knowledgeable about it.” (or something like that…)
A few reactions instantaneously popped into my head:
- Oh, that’s so flattering! Thank you.
- I don’t know as much about the election, or politics in general, as I should. But thanks for thinking that. I’ll definitely work harder on doing my research and finding out the details of each candidate’s platforms.
- My friend M from college could blow me out of the water. Are you kidding? I’m like novice ^infinity.
- Uh… sorry… *munch munch munch*… This salmon is delicious. I can’t stop… *munch* eating *munch*… what were we talking about again? (BTW, thanks for the recipe. Seriously. Best salmon ever!)
Truth is I have done my research. After the primaries and finally accepting the Obama over Clinton win, I didn’t know much about McCain Camp. In fact, I saw him in Letterman and thought, “Wow, he’s a really nice guy. Maybe we’ll have a real reformer on the Republican end, and American can see social reform AND lower taxes.” Wait… don’t stop reading… [and definitely don't use this as a sound byte]… cuz I was dead wrong. Let me repeat that dead bleeping wrong.
So I started by watching the news, reading political blogs, monitoring links and bites on Twitter and Tumblr (yes, I admit this is overly liberal). Most importantly, I went to each candidate’s websites. Now, some may think that’s the last place to go. After all, this is where McCain and Obama get to paint their picture perfect version of the U.S. But that’s exactly what I want. If their websites aren’t able to convince me (and most of my friends are liberals and campaign commercials are always too vague and inflammatory), then what will?
Fuck the issues.
FUCK THE ISSUES.
Here’s why. We’re trapped in a jacked up love triangle. The only choices are McCain or Obama (realistically anyway), and we have to choose. Now both want to get elected, so they’ll sweet talk us and send us flowers and promise to love us forever. They’re politically wooing us right now. Each has their own strengths and weaknesses. Each their own opinions on issues.
But the question we really need to ask ourselves is, “Which one is going to stick around after we’ve said yes and let them have their way with us?”
Or better yet, “Who do we trust?”
We know that McCain hasn’t always been faithful to the Republican party. He’s a maverick, right?
We know that he has to answer to major corporations. So when the economy’s gone to shit (“We have about a year… a year and a half more of this…” according to an analyst after Pepsi Co. fired… sorry… ‘laid off’ over 3,000 employees today), who’s McCain going to come home to? The public? He’s already had us. We voted for him and everything. Obviously, from the last 8 years, we’ve proven that impeachment doesn’t work. Or the major corporations and banks like Citigroup and Bank of America, who can very much affect McCain, his friends and the people around him?
We know McCain picked one of the most inexperienced Vice Presidential candidates in history, and she’s completely incapable of answering the simplest questions with preparation and note cards. She’s a smooth talker, so there’s no excuses. Palin just didn’t know the answer. You comfortable with that? Cuz I sure ain’t.
Now, what do we know about Obama?
Obama championed to stop all lobbying. What does mean? Hold back, giant corporations. Thou shall not influence his decisions on whether to benefit the rich or the poor.
His platforms are not based on broad statements about how hardworking Americans are or how we deserve better. Are we hardworking? Sure. Do we deserve better? If we earn it, then yes. But those aren’t his points. Obama has specific goals and plans that he says he will carry out over the next four years. It doesn’t mean that he will, but I sure trust specific timelines and strategies over general, sweeping wishes.
So there you have it. I choose Obama because I believe he will be true to his word. And that’s more important than all the promises in the world.
[Image courtesy of shiftingheat. There used to be an image here, but the artist (not the one linked) is being a poopface (read: complete asshole) about credits. FYI, I'm more than happy to credit your art, but 1) please allow time to do so, i.e. more than a day, and 2) tell me which piece is yours. I'm too lazy to scour the internets to figure it out, so please help me. :) ]
On a completely different note…
I believe in you, and I believe that I would deliver 110% as your Chief Marketing Officer… err… you don’t have a CMO? Really? Well, let me get right back to ya on the specific title, all righty?
You embody the right philosophy, and your employees deserve praise for their innovation and dedication. Together, we can make a better internet. We can kick Yahoo’s ass and leave victorious. Now is not the time to withdraw and hide. We need to dedicate as many resources as possible to this vital threat. Screw Microsoft, Powerset, Ask, Facebook and the others. Yahoo’s the real threat.
And let’s make sure Google’s staff has the tools for making more innovations. We shouldn’t educate them on the best practices for managing a side project/start-up. Instead, we should verbally dissuade them from making anything new, but let’s make sure they have the tools just the same.
Oh, last thing. In this ailing economy, Google certainly understands the hardships people are having. We should pay larger dividends on all Google stock. Sure, the payout benefits major shareholders and the executive management the most, but it’ll all trickle down. A payout’s a payout, right?
… Google. I know with me as your CMO, we will make a brighter internet for tomorrow. Sure, I’m just two years out of college, but I have been the social director, professional chair and president of multiple clubs. And heck, I manage a WordPress blog, a Tumblelog and a Twitter. If that doesn’t make me fit to be CMO, I sure as heck don’t know what will.
Vote fer… err… hire me!
Your patrio… supporter,
Update: July 6, 2010 Apparently, I didn’t credit the artist (totally not going to pimp him out) for one of the above images. Apologies. That image has since been removed (at least I don’t have to deal with him anymore).