Judging politicians by a picture

They say to never judge a book by its cover. Yet I’d say about half of the books I’ve purchased in my lifetime were directly influenced by the aesthetics of the cover. Maybe I didn’t always buy it, but the cool-looking cover inspired me to pick it up and peruse it.

They also say to never judge a women’s beauty on the outside. LOL.

Likewise, it’s often said that you shouldn’t judge a politician by his head shot. Wait, they don’t say that? Well, I don’t follow politics, nor do I pretend to, so that is exactly what is going to happen.

That, my friends, is Paul Ryan. He is [loads up Wikipedia] a U.S. representative from Wisconsin, is the current chair of the House Budget Committee, and is only 42 years old. On Saturday, Mitt Romney chose him as his running mate.

42. Doesn’t that sound a bit young? Yeah, I know that Barack Obama was just 47 when elected, and that beloved president John F. Kennedy was only 45. But 42 is younger than that. I mean, I’m almost two-thirds of the way to 42 *shudders at the thought.* I still live in my parents’ house.

Just take a look at the head shot I posted. That looks somebody who I would expect to see working at Staples. I also seriously don’t even think he is even capable of growing a beard yet.

Mitt Romney is white, he is clean-cut, has a charming smile and is conservative. Paul Ryan is pretty much the exact same thing, only 23 years younger. So basically, he chose himself as his own running mate, but a younger version of himself. I’m no master politician, but aren’t you supposed to choose somebody that will help you gain more votes? Isn’t that why John McCain chose Sarah Palin? Isn’t that why Obama chose an old white guy?

He also sounds kind of made-up. Paul Ryan? That sounds like a character who I’d expect to see running against Michael Douglas for president in the movie The American President.

“I’m Paul Ryan, and I’m running for president!”

Yes I am aware of the fact that he is only in position to become the vice president, and not the president, but he’s next in line. I know that much. Although, apparently Romney even can’t tell the difference.

But seriously though, look at the picture again. He looks like my college R.A.

Again, I know nothing about his views and I know nothing about his character. But neither does anybody else. All that matters to most people are two words: Republican or Democrat. If there is anything that I do know about politics, it’s that having two dominant, clear-cut political parties is a horrible, horrible system. If you want to succeed in politics, you have to choose one or the other, and subsequently make every move of your political career in that direction. And that is why I can’t ever get into politics — it’s all bullshit.

Even the word “political” means appealing to other people. It’s not about doing what you think is right, or what you believe in — it’s doing whatever you have to do, and saying whatever you have to say, to make other people approve of you. How can we have a political system based on that? My hate for politics is bipartisan.

I know that not all politicians are bad, though. I personally like Obama. Dude just seems like a cool guy. Anybody who thought he could “change” (I know his critics like to mock him for that term) the country in four years was delusional. But I think he’s doing the best he can. The man killed Osama for christ sake! That took some serious cojones.

I apologize that I spent an entire blog talking about politics, but it was a big news story this weekend. Who even really cares though? What the hell has any recent vice president — or almost vice president — done? All they become is a target for jokes. Dick Cheney, Joe Biden, Sarah Palin, I don’t think I’ve ever heard one positive statement about any of those three in my life. Cheney shoots people In the face, Biden falls asleep during speeches, and Sarah Palin killed a moose. That’s all I need to know.

Why don’t they just cut to the chase and choose someone with actual popularity as vice president? If Mitt Romney chose Justin Bieber as his running mate, you seriously think he wouldn’t be voted as president? Of course, I know that 14-year-old girls can’t vote. But they’d convince their dads to vote for Romney/Bieber 2012.

That’s what I’d do if I was running for president. I know it’s an easy thing to say that if I — the person who writes in this blog and says ridiculous things — were to run for president then this country would be in trouble.

But, you know what, think about the state of the United States right now. Would we really be that much worse off?

WEINBLOG 2012. GET OUT AND VOTE.

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2 thoughts on “Judging politicians by a picture

  1. “That took some serious cajones.” –I think you meant ‘cojones’ because CAJONES means drawers, as in like a dresser drawers… 🙂 sidenote: Obama does have cojones, big ones too 😛

  2. Thanks for the correction!

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