Tonight, while some Americans tuned in to their televisions, the boys & I were having a long, late supper instead. The long, late suppers aren’t unusual, but some of the subject matter was different. Usually, I am struggling to keep the conversation on topics that don’t directly connect with video games, and it has been seen by me as a losing battle. But tonight? We were talking politics and government,in between mommy verbal smackdowns of “your spaghetti is not fingerfood” and “stop interrupting – that’s rude.” Yep, we talked about how originally the man with the most votes got to be president and the man who came in 2nd got to be vice president. The kids could see the problems that might cause (and the oldest agreed that was why Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton were not on a united ticket). We talked about who would step up to assume The Post if ever needed (VP, then Speaker of the House). Even the 9yo knew why the Pres. & VP don’t ride together in the same airplane, ever. I promised to explain the voting materials to them when I pull out my ballot and VOTE on Friday, in the privacy of my own home. (My county is mail-in only, and I’m one of those annoying voters who has long been undecided.)
There’s nothing quite like a lesson in American Government around the dinner table.
It would have ended right there, kept in the privacy of my own home, the way I normally keep my political opinions. But then I read Farmer*sWife’s blog post. She said some things that resonated with me, so much so that I nearly hijacked her comment section. Since I’m fond of FW, I left a short comment and told her I’d be over here with my long-winded reply.
I’m not a big TV watcher, so tonight’s big blanket advertisement did not take away from my mommy down-time. I was still sitting around the dinner table amidst rising levels of testosterone and plates smeared with spaghetti sauce. BUT I cannot understand WHY the Obama camp made the choice to run a 30-minute “infomercial” and I saw no reason to watch it. Even late night hosts were poking at it yesterday, before it ever ran! I am wondering, WHY squander that money and irritate folks, just to make them 1) MAD at you, and 2) QUESTION your ability to be fiscally responsible!?!?
I’m Kcinnova and this is my soapbox.
Now I’m going to go back to my life as a private citizen and tuck my children into bed.