Unanswered Political Questions

Here in California, we have a voter registration designation called “decline to state.” It’s a nice option for people like me whom both political parties aggravate. All I really want are some representatives who will lead rather than lollygag, decide rather than dither, and be courageous rather than curmudgeonly (that’s my job). Along those lines, I have some questions – all unanswered and some unanswerable – about contemporary politics.

Shouldn’t we have run out of places to look for Osama Bin-Laden by now? Or have we just forgotten about him?

Who the heck got Jesse Jackson to shut up?

Anybody wonder why the United States Congress didn’t fund a full-scale effort for alternative energy after the first Arab oil embargo in 1973? Or what our relationship with the Middle East would be like if we had?

Can we get some congressional representatives who have the passion of the freshman Tea Partiers, but without their politics?

The question I was going to lead with last week: Anyone want to explain to the Libyans why stable oil prices are more important than their getting a democratic government? And wouldn’t it be great if we actually had an ally in the Middle East who could actually take out dictators like Khadafy?

The substitute question: How long do you think it’s going to take the Saudis to cut off our oil now that they know we’re going to support rebels who go up against dictatorships in the Middle East like theirs?

Does anyone else want the Republicans to nominate Sarah Palin for president in 2012, just for the prospect of a 50-state Democratic landslide?

Repeat previous question, substituting “Newt Gingrich” for “Sarah Palin”

Why do the leaders of the Republican Party think that cutting education is the solution to the deficit? Do they not see the cause-and-effect between an uneducated populace and crime, welfare, and all the other things they claim to be against?

How fast do you suppose Teddy Kennedy is spinning in his grave, knowing that his Senate seat is held by a Republican?

Can someone explain to the Democrats that there’s really no reason to pass a law if you’re not going to build in a mechanism for enforcement – and that if they’re not going to do that, they should stop enacting laws just for the fun of it?

If Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker hates public servants so much, why did he become one?

Can someone explain why the Republican concept of limiting government intrusion into people’s lives doesn’t apply to wombs and weddings?

Just what is it that Barack Obama does all day long?

Who’d have thought that I’d actually miss Tip O’Neill, a speaker of the house who could get things done?

Is the election of California Gov. Jerry Brown, like a second marriage, the triumph of hope over experience? And speaking of California governors, how many others, when they heard the words “Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger,” thought they had tuned into Saturday Night Live – even as he was leaving office?

Can whoever quieted Jesse Jackson start in on Sarah Palin?


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The Middle-Age Cranky blog is written by baby boomer Howard Baldwin, who finds the world, while occasionally wondrous, increasingly aggravating.
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10 Responses to Unanswered Political Questions

  1. Sabrina says:

    Thanks for voicing all those questions bouncing around in my head.

  2. Brian says:

    And one more thing. Why can’t we agree on one way to spell the name of the leader of Libya? Is it Khadafy? Gadhafy? Qadmessedupintheheadfy? And why do I have a longing to see him cast in the lead role of a Broadway play “Daffy Duck”?

  3. Thanks, Sabrina — I just wish I had some answers to go with them!

  4. Danno says:

    These questions could a the primer for a college political science course. How do you think they would do? Heck, I don’t think I did too well.

  5. Carlene says:

    Wow! You really hit the nail on its head this week!!

  6. collin says:

    # Anyone want to explain to the Libyans why stable oil prices
    # are more important than their getting a democratic government?

    heard something like this on npr today — someone from the us gov’t saying that we (the US) don’t want a wave of revolutions in the gulf region because disrupting the status quo is against US national interests.

  7. It’s Monday, May 2, 2011, and question #1 has been answered to our satisfaction.

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