Thursday, October 16, 2008

Knitting Clouds and Saving Texas

We have been fortunate... the winds have kept the smoke away so we only have to deal with the itchy skin and eyes from the hot dry winds. To lift my spirits, I am knitting my own clouds with some lovely grey Tempted Sock yarn, and imagining cool grey skies.


So I watched the final presidential debate last night... I think at this point I would've been fine if they had just flipped a coin at the end to determine the next president. It's not that I don't care, because I really do. But I'm also very cynical and know that only a small portion of promises made will ever see the light of day.

I'm admittedly a small government kinda gal and have no faith in the government to manage or redistribute my money. This is clearly not a job they're good at. I think experience is essential and what I'd really like the President to do for me... is less. I'd like the federal government to get back to their constitutional purposes...

'We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.'

(How many of you can still sing that?)

I think the biggest rub for me is being out here on the far west coast in a state that's so blue we practically have frost bite. We always know which way the state is going to go so no matter who I vote for I feel irrelevant. So I end up running to the polls first thing in the morning so I can at least vote before they tell me who has won. Someday I'm going to move to a "swing state" just so I can feel more relevant.

Anyway, the highlight of the debate for me, came not from one of the candidates, but from my 9 year old son who was bouncing around the room waiting to watch the new Indiana Jones movie. As the post debate pundits talked about taxes, Daniel stopped dead in his tracks and said,

"Texas?! I don't think they should cut Texas in half! Why do they want to do that??"

A-ha! Something we can all agree on!
Then we made popcorn and put on his movie. It was much more relaxing.
PS... I didn't know how to spell relevant. Bummer!


Stephanie said...

My state is also a blue state. And I was just saying to a friend yesterday that I always feel like how I vote doesn't really matter becuase we will always give the democratic vote. She was like you can't think like that! But I do, I am an independent, but I might as well be democratic here in New England.

Kids are so funny, they put the most interesting spins on things!

Yarnhog said...

If it's any consolation, I live in one of California's few devoutly red enclaves...and I'm as blue as it gets.

I don't think any of us feel our votes are all that relevant. How often do you get what you vote for, even if your side wins?

Auntie Pudentaine said...

Well, you already know I'm with you on the politics and I liked Yarnhog's thoughts a lot...Do any of us ever feel like it matters?

Instead I will comment on your lovely yarn! It looks dreamy and silky and perfectly yummy. Reminds me of Panda Silk actually.

Ruthanne (in Seattle) said...

glad to see you posting Tammy. Did you like the movie?

Good Yarns said...

Those debates are sure full of interesting promises, huh? I read that Joe the plumber is undecided. I also read that he said he doesn't think Obama will do anything for him and that Mc will. Interesting, too.
But not as interesting as Texas being that would be worth talking about some more!!! :-)

Becca said...

Tell Daniel he cracked me up this morning. That's too funny!

Sarah said...

I can't see that without singing it... Good old Saturday morning School House Rock!

I hope that sock brings you rain clouds!

mom said...

Hey, my 11th grader had to write that piece of government document by memory this morning :-) Ya, it's too bad the politicians haven't read that yet, eh?

Glad you are knitting though as it's a wonderful stress reliever :-)

Tammy ~@~

The Meity Road Trip said...

I'd like to swing with you! I have often thought the very same thing.