It's starting to heat up again and I'm not talking about the weather! Yes, the political season is upon us, weighing us down with decisions to make about who to cast our votes for.
The older I get the more political I get. I think many of us are that way really because we understand the consequences of politics on our lives much more than we did when we were younger because we live those consequences daily. I guess if I had one piece of advice for young adults it would be to pay attention, little things count in the political world.
Being from Kansas, but having lived in many other locations on this planet I am very aware of the opinions others often have of the heartland. Once, while I was visiting a small town in Pennsylvania someone asked me where I was from; I told them Kansas. They said 'Kansas'? Where's that?
Thank God not everyone has that lack of knowledge! I would hope that most people have at least a rough idea of where we are. I mean, I've never been to Rhode Island but I do know where to find it on a map!
But, that said, I'm also very aware of other's opinions of us here in the mid-west. Hicks from the sticks comes to mind, as well as ignorant farmers. I'm a city girl but I do know plenty of farmers and I can tell you that anyone who manages to run a successful farm in these strained economical times is NOT ignorant. Not by any definition, but still the perception still exists.
I am super-conscious of our image, the image that others perceive when a Kansan is in the public spotlight. That goes especially for political figures. The last thing we need is someone representing us that people laugh at because of their speech or mannerisms.
We have a candidate running this year that would be an otherwise great representative I think. He's a business owner, a successful one, who manages large amounts of people and resources. Personally, I feel like we need people who can do that because the people who are trying to manage our states or countries resources right now are not doing a good job at all.
I'd like to be able to vote for this guy, really I would. But he's got this one thing that I can't support or vote for, no matter how much I want to. It's not a huge thing really, but it really bugs me.
His commercials have him saying that he would be the best choice to go to 'Warshington'. W-A-R-S-H-I-N-G-T-O-N!
Can someone please explain to me where the 'R' comes from in that word? Last time I looked at a map, or visited there the word was 'Washington', no R.
We don't 'warsh' our cars or clothes do we? At least I don't. I do wash them though.
I know, I know, what a silly thing. But this guy wants to represent us to the whole of the US. So yeah, let's send someone to do that who can't figure out how to say, Washington without sounding like that hick from the sticks.
Sorry Mr. Hartman, you can't have my vote!!!