Maybe I read too many papers; maybe I listen to too much politics on TV, but I am on overload because of certain words and phrases that get repeated over and over again.
Like vetted. Why is this one of the new words you hear over and over again lately? Hillary is vetted; the article has been vetted; the sick cat has been vetted...kidding.
Drank the Koolaid - another very common line that's heard all over the news channels. Sometimes lately it seems to be drank their own Koolaid - (I always wondered why it wasn't Koolade as in ade which refers to a cool drink.)
It's a Shame. Shame is all over the place lately. Ever since the debate where Hillary and Obama smiled and cooed at each other, the tide has turned. Hillary or her surrogates used the word at Obama for misleading literature sent out. Then Obama or his surrogates used it back at her for saying shame on you to him. Then Obama used it when a picture of himself wearing traditional African garb surfaced on the net. Then Clinton et al used it again for blaming them for the picture he willingly posed for as would any political figure traveling to another country or culture out of respect. Oh yes along with shame on you, or shame, shame, shame let's not forget Surrogate. When it was said before in the news, it usually meant someone having a baby for someone else. Now it means anyone who supports the candidate but isn't the candidate.
Message of Hope is another sound bite... (sound bite itself is over used...look, even I'm using it )-- it still puts my teeth on edge.
Hope means to desire, to wish, to dream...all good. But it isn't a platform to run a campaign on in my mind. Anyone can hope. Even my dogs hope they'll get a cookie when I let them in from their morning squirt and dump. I usually give them one...they hope that I will, but sometimes I don't. So much for hope.
You can't elect hope as it has to be your own hope and not someone else's hope. And if you really, really hope, then action is the only thing that can turn your hope into something concrete. Like the joke I heard which I'll share:
There is this guy who's always been poor, and one day he decides to pray to God could he please win the lottery. He prays and prays, but doesn't win. Every day, he prays to God please oh please let me win the lottery, and it never happens.
One day, when he's very old and frustrated, he gets on his knees and says, "Look, God. This is the last time I'm going to pray. For Crissakes! let me win the lottery, or at least tell me why you aren't letting me win."
Suddenly, an angel appears before the man and says, "Look, sir, could you do God a favor and at least BUY A LOTTERY TICKET???!!!"
(Ha, bet you never thought you'd see a religious joke on my blog!)
It does though stress my point that you can't elect hope or buy hope or even hope for hope - you gotta go out an get it by doing something to reach your goal, whether it's world peace or bidding on an eBay auction. If you want world peace you have to work at it; if you want to win that auction, put in a real high bid. No matter how much you hype hope, it is not a commodity to purchase or elect or faint over either.
Ok, I'm going to have another cup of coffee and turn on CNN - there'll probably be a million buzz words that I'll wish I wrote down here...Please add your own if you care to.
*Oh, and Texas and Ohio folks have been coming to Tchotchkes like crazy. Robo calling must be making them nuts. I have sent letters to all major candidates warning them that people freaking hate robo calls, but they just don't listen.
And, I have no hope that they will. I think they all drank their own Koolaid. It really is a shame that they and their surrogates don't listen to people who have been around for a while, vetted and whose opinions should count.
When the phone rings, and you have to stop what you're doing and run to pick it up and see Angel Voice Net and think god's calling and then listen to a scratchy sounding replica of a politician's voice...it's maddening. When it happens I want to give them a sound bite in the ass.
So what's on your mind this fine morning?