06 December, 2007

Smelly Politics.



I can't believe it's come to this. I am FORCED to blog on politics. I'm cringing. Involuntarily so.

I recently wrote a post which concluded, "I guess I'm just OUT OF MY MIND! And Richie's a Democrat . . . Don't know which is worse. . . Ha ha ha."

Some have come to view this as an announcement regarding Richie's political affiliation.

Allow me to be as clear and direct as possible to avoid further confusion.

I'd like to make plain the obfuscated (muddled), because clearly my attempt at (a however loose) double entendre was tenuous (weak) to say the least.

The post was a silly exploration of the right and left brain. In North American English (and I'm assuming the English language in general) the terms "right and left" also characterize a person's political amalgamation (mingling, fusion). The post began with Donkeys (democrats) and Elephants (republicans) dueling to the death and ended upon my discovery that I am not right or left brained (thus "out of my mind"), and my husband is in fact LEFT BRAINED and therefore . . . "A DEMOCRAT."

This clarification is, trust me, completely irrelevant to anyone who has ever been in the same room with my husband for more than 90 seconds. This very morning in fact, he announced his plans to join Mitt Romney's campaign here in Hawaii.

I am also not announcing his affiliation with the Republican agenda
. If there is going to be a political "coming out of the closet" so to speak (not that there is necessarily a closet to come out of), I'll let Richie open that door for himself.

Where do I stand politically? I focus on the politician and their "agenda" and not their particular affiliation. Vague enough for you? I daresay yes. Hmm, perhaps I should consider a career in politics. . . then I could save the world one donkey and elephant (democrat and republican) at a time. (Just to clarify, politicians tend to be vague and thus my vague declaration of my political platform perhaps qualifies me to one day enter the wonderful world of Eeyore's and Dumbos. . . donkeys and elephants. . . democrats and republicans. . . politics).

Phew. All is right with the world! You can rest easy tonight; Richie is NOT a democrat.

Silly me, and I though I was being clever.

6 comments:

shelly said...

Hahaha! Oh, Natalie! I could read your writings all day long. You're really an amazing writer, you know. I have to tell you, as someone who USED to get subtle nuances, and as Richie's mother, you really had me going! You keep me on my toes.

Richie Norton said...

I'm a conservative Republican.

Go Mitt!

Check out Romney's speech today on Faith in America:

http://www.mittromney.com/

I love this part of Mitt's speech:

"There are some who may feel that religion is not a matter to be seriously considered in the context of the weighty threats that face us. If so, they are at odds with the nation's founders, for they, when our nation faced its greatest peril, sought the blessings of the Creator. And further, they discovered the essential connection between the survival of a free land and the protection of religious freedom. In John Adams' words: 'We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion... Our Constitution was made for a moral and religious people.'"

What was your favorite part of Mitt's speech?

Comment here in Nat's blog--I'm interested in knowing...

What about this part?

"Freedom requires religion just as religion requires freedom."

Or what about this part?

"No candidate should become the spokesman for his faith. For if he becomes President he will need the prayers of the people of all faiths."

Or what about this part?

"The founders proscribed the establishment of a state religion, but they did not countenance the elimination of religion from the public square. We are a nation 'Under God' and in God, we do indeed trust.

"We should acknowledge the Creator as did the Founders – in ceremony and word. He should remain on our currency, in our pledge, in the teaching of our history, and during the holiday season, nativity scenes and menorahs should be welcome in our public places. Our greatness would not long endure without judges who respect the foundation of faith upon which our Constitution rests. I will take care to separate the affairs of government from any religion, but I will not separate us from 'the God who gave us liberty.'"

I might as well put the whole thing in here. :-)

Here is the whole text:

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/12/06/us/politics/06text-romney.html?_r=1&pagewanted=all&oref=slogin

Again, Go Mitt! Go Mitt! Go Mitt!

Aloha,

-Richie Norton, Nat's love.

I LOVE NATALIE!

Gibson Gang said...

Here, here! I'd have to say that I agree, Natalie. I come from a split family - Dad's a conservative Republican, and Mom's a Democrat. I'm unaffiliated... I usually vote on the politic based on character and their agenda. I'd have to say that it's mostly conservative though. I watched Mitt Romney give his speech this morning - ditto, Richie! Go Mitt, Go!! (I liked the whole thing!)

shelly said...

My favorite part:

"Recall the early days of the First Continental Congress in Philadelphia, during the fall of 1774. With Boston occupied by British troops, there were rumors of imminent hostilities and fears of an impending war. In this time of peril, someone suggested that they pray. But there were objections. 'They were too divided in religious sentiments', what with Episcopalians and Quakers, Anabaptists and Congregationalists, Presbyterians and Catholics.

"Then Sam Adams rose, and said he would hear a prayer from anyone of piety and good character, as long as they were a patriot.

"And so together they prayed, and together they fought, and together, by the grace of God ... they founded this great nation.

"In that spirit, let us give thanks to the divine 'author of liberty.' And together, let us pray that this land may always be blessed, 'with freedom's holy light.'

"God bless the United States of America."

Natalie said...

Nice that Richie chose to use the comment block as his own personal blog. Ha ha!

annie said...

Huh? I'm cornfused. Does this mean you're a Libertarian (or a Librarian?), and Raleigh's a vegetarian? I already figured out that Richie's an outer spacarian.

I cheered through ALL of Mitt's speech, but for me, la pièce de résistance was at the very end--watching the tender hug Ann Romney gave her granddaughter. What a great family.

My favorite parts of the speech: "I believe Jesus Christ is the Son of God and the Savior of mankind." and (close second) . . .

""And so together they prayed, and together they fought, and together, by the grace of God ... they founded this great nation.

"In that spirit, let us give thanks to the divine 'author of liberty.' And together, let us pray that this land may always be blessed, 'with freedom's holy light.' "

Let US give thanks that our Creator is, through this political campaign, giving this nation the opportunity to wrestle with, remember and (hopefully) embrace the basic, foundational, ESSENTIAL spiritual underpinnings of this great democracy. GO MITT! And God speed--all the way to the White House!!!

and GO NATALIE! You are just too cool!