Wednesday, September 17, 2008

My Five Minutes of Fame

I was on the radio yesterday morning! I called into our local radio show and made some comments, and the lady doing the show seemed to like me because we talked for like 6 minutes, while she only talked for like 1-2 minutes with other callers. It was my first time calling, and I don't think I will do it again anytime soon because it was quite nerveracking, but it was cool nevertheless.

Now, I am giving you all a fair warning: This is a liberal talkshow, and if you are going to get angry or offended STOP READING/LISTENING NOW!!! My purpose in posting this blog is not to upset anybody or get into a huge discussion about anything, I just thought it was cool that I was on the radio, and the great thing about blogs is that you don't have to read them if you don't want to. So, really, if you don't want to listen to it, by all means, don't!

A little background (again, don't read if you are going to get upset). Ben got this e-mail from his friend:

I'm a little confused. Let me see if I have this straight.....

If you grow up in Hawaii, raised by your grandparents, you're "exotic, different." However, grow up in Alaska eating mooseburgers, you're a quintessential American story.

If your name is Barack you're a radical, unpatriotic "Muslim" (who, by the way, is a Christian). However, name your kids Willow, Trig andTrack, you're a "maverick".

Graduate from Harvard law School and you are unstable. However, attend 5 different small colleges before graduating, you're well grounded.

If you spend 3 years as a brilliant community organizer, become thefirst black President of the Harvard Law Review, create a voter registration drive that registers 150,000 new voters, spend 12 years as a Constitutional Law Professor, spend 8 years as a State Senator representing a district with over 750,000 people, become chairman of the state Senate's Health and Human Services committee, spend 4 years in the United States Senate representing a state of 13 million people while sponsoring 131 bills and serving on the Foreign Affairs, Environment and Public Works and Veteran's Affairs Committees, you don't have any real leadership experience. However, if your total resume is: local weather girl, 4 years on the city council and 6 years as the mayor of a town with less than 7,000 people, 20 months as the governor of a state with only 650,000 people, then you're qualified to become the country's second highest ranking executive and next in line behind a man in his eighth decade of life.

If you have been married to the same woman for 19 years while raising 2 daughters, all within Protestant churches, you're not a real Christian. However, if you cheated on your first wife with a rich heiress, and then left your disfigured wife and married the heiress the next month, you're a true Christian.

If you teach responsible, age appropriate sex education, including the proper use of birth control, you are eroding the fiber of society. However, if, while governor, you staunchly advocate Abstinence only,(with no other option in sex education in your state's school system) while your un-wed teen daughter ends up pregnant, you're very responsible - and are settng a good example.

If your wife is a Princeton graduate lawyer who gave up a position in a prestigious law firm to work for the betterment of her inner city community, then gave that up to raise a family, your family's values don't represent America's. However, if your husband is nicknamed "First Dude", with at least one DWI conviction and no college education, who didn't register to vote until age 25, and was a member of a group that advocated the secession of Alaska from the USA, your family is extremely admirable.

OK, much clearer now. About sums it up for me.......

End of e-mail. Ben and I, of course, loved this e-mail, and Ben was doing some research trying to come up with a witty comeback to agree with him on his points. He went to Rush Limbaugh's website (a huge mistake, I know- that men is sure to be thrust into Hell, I don't even think he will make it to judgement day), and of course all it was was hate and lies against the dems (absolutely NOTHING about the Rep. party, only hate), and there was this big huge thing that said: "Yes, it was the Dems who caused the mortgage crisis" or some crap like that.

I was SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO mad to say the least. The Rep. have been in complete power the last 6 of 8 years, they have had the presidency the last 22 of 30 years, and they still want to blame the dems for everything! You would think Rush would want the Dems to win because it must be very draining trying to come up with constant lies to blame the dems for all of the problmes the republicans come up.

Here's the real thing, though. I am willing to admit that the dems aren't right on everything. I disagree with a lot of things they do. I just want ONE republican to step up to the plate and say, "you know, I believe in the intent of the republican party, but some of the leaders we have chosen are corrupt and have made some mistakes that have really hurt our country." But no, that is too beyond their capacity- they haven't ever done anything wrong. So, that is why I called the radio show.


  1. Now you see why I have stopped identifying myself with either party. Both of them annoy me so much that it makes ME want to secede sometimes. All the bickering and scheming frustrates me to no end. I used to be really politically active and opinionated, but the futility of it all has beaten that out of me. I am definitely an Independent now, since no current party clearly espouses all (or even most) of my viewpoints.

  2. You know, I really do agree with you. I have to remind myself that most people are in the middle, and in reality if I sat down with any republican and we really talked about issues, we would probably find that we were quite similar on most. It's people on TV and on the radio that just want to bad-mouth and talk crap about nothing that is frustrating!!!

  3. Good for you Ben and Christina for not following the crowd like a herd of sheep and actually researching the issues, being open minded and willing to speak out publicly about it. You're lucky you live in a state where your vote and voice will count. I enjoyed reading your "Five Minutes of Fame" immensely. Welcome to the dark side. It's much more fun isn't it??

  4. Christina - I was so happy to read your blog and here your thoughts! Sometimes I feel like Mark and I are the black sheeps amoung our friends and families because I see more good in the democrats then I do in the Republicans and it kills me when we get forwards or here comments that are slamming the Democrats with no substance and making the Republicans out to be the party that is holy and pure yet half of these people are benefiting from Democrat programs while going to school and raising families but they sit there act like complete hyprocrits.

    Anyway enough of my ranting I'm just happy to know that there are other open minded individuals that I grew up with :)