Posts Tagged ‘Barack Obama’
When you don’t like being touched by strangers, but you also kind of want to meet the President. Pudding did an awesome job!
Really, I’m going to talk politics, after I only just said that I don’t have a political agenda?
Yes, I’m contrary like that. Anyway, I’m not really talking politics, but talking about how we talk about politics, or don’t.
You see, Spectrummy Daddy and I can’t talk about politics at work. Under the Hatch Act, we are expressly prohibited from sharing our political preferences. This makes a lot of sense. More than most people, the government decides our work and where we live, so we might feel strongly about one form of government or another. But we go to work no matter who the President is, and support United States Government interests no matter who is running the show.
This election season has certainly been heated. In a sense, it is good to see that people feel so strongly about their civic duties. I, for one, have grown a little tired of just how heated things have become, but Spectrummy Daddy pointed out the ways in which listening to other perspectives can only be a good thing.
Embassies and Consulates around the world celebrate democracy by holding Election Night parties, or due to the time difference in our case, an Election Breakfast. There was truly a buzz of excitement from our South African guests at our event. In this country, where there has been 46 political killings in the last two years, it is even more important to reflect the stability of a peaceful democracy.
I was musing this over yesterday evening, and I thought about how we hadn’t really talked to our children about politics. Obviously, they’re both very young, but they are ambassadors too, and one day they’ll also be voting citizens of the world. They will have to learn the meaning behind the rhetoric. They’ll have to learn to speak up for themselves, and for those who don’t have a voice.
They are also little sponges, and I was interested to see how much they’d absorbed of our world these last few days.
So I asked Cubby who he would vote for President: Romney or Obama?
Steve. (I assume he means Steve Rogers aka Captain America– the only person he thinks should be running the country. After all, who would uphold American ideals better than his idol?
I asked Pudding the same question, and if you can’t guess her response, you’ve obviously never been here before.
In fairness, it wasn’t as absurd a response as you might expect. Hello Kitty was indeed running an election campaign for the Friendship Party.
Maybe they are learning something after all. They don’t sacrifice their ideals for the sake of the popular vote.
I have to hand it to both kids- they at least vote in their own interests.