Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Political platform

No, not any of the candidates' platforms. Mine.

Since some of you are new to my blog, I feel like I should give you a little insight into how my brain operates. (Stand back...this could get ugly.) And for those of you who have been reading for a while, there's nothing wrong with a little clarification and explanation.

I dig politics. I'm fascinated by it all, I am really into it, and I'm really excited about it. That means I write about it a lot, and you'll see more as the weeks go by. I can't help who I am or what I'm fascinated by, and I love the process, and the fact that we are free to vote for whom we want. It's something I don't take lightly, especially at such a crucial time in our country's history.

I also have an opinion about things, and I have no qualms about voicing them. These blogs are our own forums, and we can certainly state our own opinions. There will be some that don't agree, and here's the important part: THAT IS OKAY. I don't expect everyone to agree with me, and in fact, it's not fun when people do! If there is someone that just can't stomach my opinions, that's okay, too. I won't be hurt if you don't want to read any longer. There are some things that I read that I don't agree with, but I don't feel it's my duty to argue or change someone's mind--I respect their opinion and respect their right to voice it. I just move along to the next topic. When I write about such things here, it's just my opinion, although any poll numbers are actual numbers. I'm not out to convince anyone, or persuade anyone to my opinion, I'm just fascinated by all of this, and sometimes just reporting on what I have read. People who know me understand that I have no ulterior motives or hidden agendas. As the sweet potato said, "I yam what I yam." In short (because I'm that, too!), I totally respect your opinion, especially your right to have it.

I also promise you that while I may have a preference for a certain candidate, and have a differing opinion about another, I won't be overly nasty with my remarks here. That's just not my style, or I guess I could say, "That's not the way I roll." (That one was for you, Jamie!) I won't lie to you...I do get angry about some things, and I do get disturbed by some things. I may bring it up, but I don't like ugliness and I'll do my best to not get ugly here.

So this isn't going to go away, and we've got a month to go. Let's just all hunker down together and hang on. You don't have to read my opinions, and I won't be hurt if you don't. My whole thing, whether in life or in politics, is that while we might not always agree, we should always respect each other's opinions, and be able to have a reasonable dialogue without ridicule and nastiness.

I'm Beth, and I approve this message


  1. I love that: I'm Beth, and I approve this message!

  2. The Toweler agrees and supports this message :o) That is for our long time readers.

    To be serious, this is a very unique time for our country, and there are lots of opinions out there. Let us do what the candidates have not done so well recently, and stay positive and not go negative, in our entries or comments.

    Kudos on a great "new reader explanation" entry, dear wife :o)

  3. Amen, sister!! It is a very important time for our country, which is why we need to stay informed and really listen to the people who want to run not just our country, but our states, and locally, our cities! Not that its easy, because they all seem to spew the same...but we can be civil :)

  4. Yeah... I tried that whole "be nice" thing too, Beth, but it just didn't last very long very long for me. I think it has something to do with Captain Crash McFlopsweat and his incessant need to be negative.

    I'll be glad when this election is over. At least, I hope so.

  5. You're right...everyone is entitled to their own opinion. That's what makes this country so great!! I approve your message too!

  6. You seriously rule!! I am so happy to have found your blog!! I guess there was some silver lining in this AOL cloud!!!

    Just want to thank you SO SO SO much for visiting my NEW home here in blogland!!! It has been such a stressful week!!! I am happy to say that I am finally settled into one address!! My second blogger address in 2 days!! Thanks to AOL! may have bookmarked my first NEW blogger address.....well I am here to tell you that I have a NEW NEW blogger address ..LOL! Here it is...

    Thanks so so much for following my lil blog!!!

    I am so so happy to be in my new and final home!!!
    Happy Happy Fall!!!

    luv ya!!!
    xoxo Jenny

  7. Do I still have a right to my own opinion if I'm voting for McCain?? ;)

    JK! I know you well, and I know that everything you said there about yourself is true... that's why I love reading your blog.


  8. Stopped by while our patroling, Enjoyed the visit, I liked your approval of your message.


  9. I thought the debate polling was interesting. I got a text from NBC saying that the numbers were in: 88% thought Obama won and just 12% said McCain helped his cause out more. About an hour after the debate, those were approximately the same numbers being put out by FOX, only the percentages were reversed! hahahahahaha!!

  10. Oh, Don't blame that on me!! ;) I'm really going to pay for it for a while, aren't I? haha I don't think I need to explain my opinion on politics to you at this time. I think we're on pretty much the exact same page.

  11. One of my best friends who lives in FL sent me an e-mail that was making fun of Obama. I felt offended that she would think I would find it amusing! I am very concerned about this election year.

  12. I'm not an avid follower of politics. I'm a "just the facts, ma'am" kind of girl. I don't talk about it in my blogs, or real life conversations(much). I do however enjoy reading others thoughts in this difficult year-both sides. I'm more interested in learning, than "picking sides".
    What I like about your writing is the fact that you know your stuff, you're not just spouting-you've read about the issues!
    I think I'll hang around a while.
    :) Leigh
    p.s. I'm still thinking about those chocolate covered potato chips.

  13. Great entry Beth! I love the I am Beth and I approve this message! Linda

  14. there are gobs of people who are so......hmmm....."focused" on one person to vote for that they will go off the deep end and say all kinds of things and just because they CAN...not because they really care if another person will vote for who they like. Religion and politics are big triggers for some.

  15. Good point, because after all, this is a place where you share your feelings, not to hurt others. Many of us have things about ourselves, that once out, can be hurtful to others, but it isn't out of malice.

    Besides, I can hang and I ain't worried!

  16. I enjoy reading your opinions and after a debate or something newsworthy happens I can't wait to hear your take on it.

  17. I total respect your right to your opinion. LOL.. actually, I do enjoy reading your take on the political arena. I don't always agree, but I do enjoy the read. :)

  18. Hello.
    My Name is Meg.
    I'm not running for anything, so don't vote for me.
    Nice blog.

  19. I am sherry and I approve of this message too lol girl tell them like it is ... hugs Sherry


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