Thursday, September 3, 2009
Friday, August 28, 2009
Thursday, August 20, 2009
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
"I will vote adamantly against the interests of my district. I will vote against their opinion if I actually believe it will help them."
Does anyone else find this completely enraging? We elect officials in this country to represent us in Washington. They are not supposed to come home and represent Washington to us. If more representatives echo his sentiment, I think this is very dangerous for our country. Our government was founded by the people, for the people. Thomas Jefferson stated explicitly in the Declaration of Independence that the purpose of a government is to serve the people, and when it ceases to, the people have a RESPONSIBILITY to change the government. The audacity of Massa is truly disturbing. There are representatives in this country who will risk losing reelection in order to push an agenda that their constituents do not approve of. This is not democracy in the sense that it was meant for the United States of America.
Now, for the opinion part: I believe we should all fight this sentiment to the greatest extent we can. The government is supposed to carry out the will of the people. I am insulted by statements such as the one Massa made and remarks made by Barney Frank at his recent town hall meeting. The insinuation that they know better than the average American about issues that directly affect Americans is flat out wrong. Perhaps in certain cases it is necessary for the government to push change, but I do not believe health care reform is one of them. These issues surrounding healthcare are near and dear to the heart of every American, and people are worried by the blatant disregard with which they are being treated by their supposed representatives. I would urge anyone who feels misrepresented by his or her Congressman, Senator, or President to get these people out of office at the earliest possible time. Do not reelect those who disenfranchise you. Vote for candidates who will accurately represent you, and if they don't, don't vote for them again. Take this very seriously - we have reached a critical point in American history, and every voting American has the power to put America back on the track it was created on.
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Thursday, February 12, 2009
Which brings me to my point today. Last night, I didn't watch the Carolina/Duke game. I am an '04 grad of Carolina, and I bleed Carolina blue. I buy into the whole bit (If God's not a Tarheel, then why is the sky Carolina blue?), I hate Duke with every fiber of my being. I believe, like the rest of the enlightened world, that Coach K truly is the Devil. Or the Anti-Christ. Either way, his evil heart is as black as his shiny, perfectly combed over hair.
So, why didn't I watch the Carolina/Duke game? It wasn't because we don't have cable (we don't), because my fiance watched it after the UConn game at his parents'. I could have done so, as well. I simply could not bring myself to watch the game with anyone who is not a Carolina fan. I don't mean a person who likes Carolina, or who doesn't have a preference. The Carolina/Duke game is one that can only be watched with others who feel just like me. If I'm watching it with someone, I need to know they anguish at every missed shot like I do. They need to writhe in antagonizing anxiety during each Duke possession, and then bite their nails off during each ensuing Carolina one. I don't want to hear any acknowledgment of a "good" play by a Dookie (if there is such a thing), or a nice shot. I only want to hear the cries of other Tarheels in the worst kind of bloodlust - the kind that leaves you craving the sweetest sight known to man: Coach K passing out on the court, a serious injury incurred by a Duke player, J.J. Reddick crying after a loss at his last ever home-game and Senior night, or Tyler Hansbrough and Danny Green enjoying their 4th straight win at Cameron Indoor.
If I was a real fan, would I have watched the game last night anyways? Not at my fiance's parents' house - under a roof that shelters Duke fans. Not only are there Duke fans there, there are the worst kind - the kind that adopted Duke as their team for no good reason. No ties to the school, no ties to Durham, except maybe that a sizable proportion of the student body at the University of New Jersey at Durham is from New England. And they share the Polish thing with Coach K, so I'll give them that.
My love for Tarheel basketball and my disdain for everything Bluedevil manifests itself in such a way that yes, I would rather miss an historic game than watch it with the infidels. I have no choice. The rivalry brings out another side to me - one that I'm not sure the in-laws are quite ready for. And there's nothing worse than screaming at the television while someone is giving you the "It's JUST a game" look. Not to this Heel. A victory over Duke is a signal that somewhere amid the chaos, something is still right with the world. A loss... well, I won't even bother. It's not necessary. Because, as of last night, the universe makes sense. To the tune of 101-87, Carolina.