leave your inhibitions at the door
Next Tuesday is election day here in the US, so I figured I should devote this month’s 90s post to presidential politics. But I hate writing about politics. Don’t get me wrong, I have very strong opinions, but do you really want to read it here? You want to read about the latest food I cooked or wine I drank. And you want to see how I can wrangle in a picture of Lindsay Lohan into a completely unrelated topic. (Nope, it’s not going to happen this time.)
Besides, there were some things that happened politically in the 90s that really pissed me off.
The first thing was the pre-occupation of whether a candidate smoked pot in their youth. I’m actually more scared of people who were “perfect” when they were young than those who experienced some kind of personal growth. I’m also not sure it’s a bad thing for a politician to be a current user. Sure it’s illegal, but it’s a helluva lot safer being around someone stoned to the bejeezus than a raging drunk. Plus the pothead is going to be a lot more useful the morning after. Obviously, I wouldn’t want the Prez taking a hit of Purple Kush from a six-foot-tall bong right before an arms summit with Putin. But afterwards…
Another thing that pissed me off started in the 90s and is even bigger now – this unhealthy obsession with taxes. The first Bush lost his re-election bid because he reneged on his “read my lips – no new taxes” pledge. Before that, people had the common sense to know that taxes were a necessary evil. These days it’s gotten to be such a big issue that it obscures a lot of other issues that a President, you know, can actually do something about.
But the biggest thing that sucked about politics in the 90s was the Clinton sex scandal. In hindsight, it seems awfully silly that we wasted all that time, money, and energy because of the Lewinsky thing. C’mon, it was a BJ! Guys do stupid things for BJs. The biggest lapse in judgment for Clinton was not picking someone hotter –
To be fair, she wasn’t even that bad looking. It’s just that Clinton was a charming, handsome guy and the leader of the free world. But even if she were really ugly, how you could you fault him? It was CONVENIENT. It’s not like this was hanging around the oval office –
Hopefully all these things (except Lohan) will be relics of an older era. I guess that’s why we vote – so that we can have a better tomorrow. That and we get a couple hours off work.
So as a salute to the American political process, I present 90s alternative rockers – The Presidents of the United States of America.
So you are you voting for? Kidding! I really don’t give a shit. Just make sure you vote.