Home > Uncategorized > Why Are Americans So Obsessed With Drinking Beer With Politicians?

Why Are Americans So Obsessed With Drinking Beer With Politicians?

photo: AP Don't get me wrong- I LOVE Hillary..but doesn't this seem ridiculous?

This week in Massachusetts, voters elected Scott Brown, a state Republican. He ran on a platform of opposition to Obama’s health care plan and some idea that driving an old truck makes him qualified to vote in the Senate. Martha Coakley, the Democrat candidate, was simply perceived as being out of touch with MA voters, and not to mention, ran an atrocious campaign.

When I think about who I want to run the country, I want someone who is smarter than me. I want to vote for someone who intimidates me with his/her knowledge of the issues and strong leadership skills. I am saddened and disgusted when I hear voters being interviewed about their choice of candidate only to talk about their personal feelings for the person, without any mention of real skills or the important issues. Maybe voters need to feel that the candidates understand them and can relate to their concerns and troubles. But, when was the last time someone’s representative acted like a white knight and actually saved someone from foreclosure, job loss, or high medical bills? It’s not happening.

It’s insulting to watch certain candidates run for office. You’re just like the rest of us? That is terrifying! I don’t want someone running the country whose only qualification is their affection for “the common folk”. Now that behind-the-scenes stories are coming out from the 2008 election, we should think a little more carefully about our choices for office. We’re hearing now that a certain vice-presidential candidate was being tutored intensely during the campaign due to her lack of knowledge about recent U.S. history, world politics, and topics that are generally considered prerequisites for any holder of public office.

Listen, you’re not going to sit down and have a beer with Bush, Obama, Clinton, or any other politician you may have voted for. I understand that general likability plays a role in politics and the election of representatives, but shouldn’t we draw the line somewhere? Representatives must be in touch with the issues pertaining to their constituents, but the more I hear the famous hypothetical of that bar encounter, the more I begin to think we should just keep our politicians as sober as possible. 🙂

Advertisements
Categories: Uncategorized
  1. January 21, 2010 at 3:32 pm

    Great points…and truly excellent picture.

  2. January 21, 2010 at 4:28 pm

    Love the post. The reasons that people use to vote for particular candidates are absurd.

    I was talking to a lady who has been a staunch Republican her entire life, but this last presidential election she voted for Obama. The reason was that her father had heard Obama give a speech about 20 years ago and right after it had told his family that Obama would be president one day. Due to her love for her father and wanting to make his prediction right, she strayed with all political and moral beliefs that she held in order to vote for Obama. And I’m really happy she did and that Democrats are in the White House right now, but seriously?

    When it comes down to it, most people aren’t educated enough to make a vote based on any other type of reasoning. It’s the sad truth.

  3. Emily B
    January 21, 2010 at 4:37 pm

    This picture is very classic! She probably could drink most of those men to the floor! … but great points 🙂 I love hearing the mind of Ashley Cahill, keep posting!!

  4. January 23, 2010 at 1:36 pm

    For someone who was raised by a truly conservative Republican, I have always voted for the person with the deepest knowledge of not only domestic but foreign policy – whether they be on the left or right side of the aisle. Great post, Ashley, and classic photo!

  1. No trackbacks yet.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: