Football update first: Everybody watch tomorrow’s Ohio State – Iowa game. I want as many people as possible laughing at Iowa’s feeble efforts. Okay so Ohio State might have a small challenge but Iowa can’t win cause I have about $30 dollars saying they won’t. In other news, the Gators have a single easy game before the killer stretch of the SEC giants: Auburn, LSU, Alabama, and Georgia. Good luck, boys.
Life’s good, the music industry is doing some of it’s finest work lately, (Angels and Airwaves, Muse, Lost Prophets, and the Killers’ new album, to be released October 3), and hunting season opens on the 1st. College is great, though it’s so little of a challenge at this place that there’s not much satisfaction with having straight A’s. that’s okay. One more year of this and hopefully I’ll have racked up enough $$$ to hit George Mason. Or heck maybe Stanford, why not? Stranger things have happened. ‘
I’ve been reading a great book that I’d highly reccommend for any of you politically minded people out there. It’s called “The Broken Branch” by Mann and Ornstien. Although written from an obvious liberal leaning, it adds great historical context to the major problems vexing the congress at this time, as well as sharing blame for the decline of the institution between both parties. Surprisingly, the book was read and endorsed by both Tom Foley and Newt Gingerich, two of the (former) Speakers who they see as instrumental in the decline itself. I think the book’s greatest effect on me has been opening my mind to the flawed priorities that have dominated my thinking about United States government institutions since I was little. The major problem with government today and congress in particular, is not a policy problem or even abuse of rules and/or procedure. It’s the mindset by BOTH parties involved that political agenda trumps institutional integrity. If the rules have to be bent to allow your bill to go through, so be it. We will destroy the entire system of the constitution in order to let our party win. It’s disgusting, and moreso because I never realized that I was part of it. The stench of politics that exists today as a deterrent to many people who could influence the government has not always existed. There were things like fairness, decency, honor, and statesmen; and there can be again. That’s not to say that people weren’t occasionally caned to death on the floor of the house (yeah that actually happened, for all of you who didn’t take US history with Snyder), but even within that, the institution was valued above all and put before partisan conflicts. People were party members, but Americans first. Besides, if you cane somebody to death on the floor, you’re probably not the type of person to work today’s political jellyfish system where if you phrase your question wrong, you have to apologize to anyone it could have possibly offended. Something to think about anyway.
Gotta run, got a volleyball tourney here at school in the next 10 minutes. Then more volleyball tonight, then more tomorrow night, assuming I don’t stay home and watch the game with my bedridden little bro. Jeez. I’m too old for this.