Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Get ready for 2009 folks.

You know, I am almost tempted to stay home and let the country go blue this November without a fight. Almost.

As much as I disagree with John McCain on a whole host of issues, the idea of casting a vote for, or giving money to Barack Obama is unthinkable to me. I understand that most Americans, including a lot of the people I know think President Bush suffers from some mild form of mental retardation or he is just a simpleton who somehow became President by mistake. These are also the same folks who get their news from The Daily Show and the Colbert Report. They will be voting this fall.

Watching the crowd at the Obama rally in Oregon over the weekend, I looked out at the face of new American voter. Oh, and don't they love it when Senator Obama starts telling them the real problem with the world is the United States of America.

"We can't drive our SUVs and eat as much as we want and keep our homes on 72 degrees at all times ... and then just expect that other countries are going to say OK," Obama said.

"That's not leadership. That's not going to happen," he added.

The crowd erupts with enthusiasm. Great.

If you want just a small glimpse of the wonderland that awaits the nation if Senator Obama is elected, together with a filibuster proof majority in the Senate, take a look at the rules concerning the food they will serve at the Democratic convention in Denver;

Fried foods are forbidden at the committee's 22 or so events, as is liquid served in individual plastic containers. Plates must be reusable, like china, recyclable or compostable. The food should be local, organic or both.

And caterers must provide foods in "at least three of the following five colors: red, green, yellow, blue/purple, and white," garnishes not included, according to a Request for Proposals, or RFP, distributed last week.

The shrimp-and-mango ensemble? All it's got is white, brown and orange, so it may not have the nutritional balance that generally comes from a multihued menu.

"Blue could be a challenge," joked Ed Janos, owner of Cook's Fresh Market in Denver. "All I can think of are blueberries."

Just think, the people in charge of making the rules for the convention menu will be appointed to head various departments in the government come January of next year. Somehow the idea these people will make my life simpler and bring forth economic growth in an era of a global economy is hard for me to grasp.

Maybe I'm just not bright enough to understand how more regulation, more government, five colored food groups and more taxes coming out of my pocket will lead to economic growth and individual freedom. But what do I know, I'm just a guy from Esparto.

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