posted on Oct, 29 2004 @ 02:14 PM
I'm a student at NYU, where Bush supporters and Fox News viewers (and Olsen Twins, there, I said it) get funny looks. All over the U.S., but
especially on college campuses, I think, people have taken Bush-bashing to such an extreme that it almost seems like a trend, a "fad" if you will.
Kerry buttons and silly anti-Bush t-shirts are the cool things to wear; "anyone but Bush," and "my bush would make a better president" are cool
things to say. My point is that too many people feign anti-Bush attitudes in order to cover up their political apathy or laziness; they're either
too stupid to know the difference between the candidates, or they're too busy getting drunk or studying or both. I do not watch Mr. O'Reilly's
show religiously but quite frequently, and after following it for over two years, I find him more than trustworthy. The man goes out of his way to
attempt a fair and balanced media environment. Yes, no form of media could ever be completely unbiased, but all too often a conversation between
myself and an O'Reilly "hater" goes as follows:
Me: "I like the O'Reilly Factor."
Hater: "Ew, you do? I've lost respect for you a little bit, even though I still probably respect you more so than my sorry self."
Me: "Why don't you like ol' Bill?"
Hater: "Because, he's like, biased and stuff."
Me: "So, what's an example of how he is biased?"
Hater: "Um, I don't know, like just on everything, he's always biased."
Me: "Oh yeah? Well how's this for biased: You're a turd."
Hater: (uncomfortable laugh sounds)
Me: "So, which news do you watch instead?"
Hater: "Oh, I don't watch the news."
Me: "Is that a fact. Why's that?"
Hater: "Because I have to study so I can get into grad school, which my parents will surely pay for, so I can be a lawyer or a doctor or a
businessman, so I can vote for Republican tax cuts...hey, you tricked me!"
Me: "Catch me Lucky Charms!"
I really just wish that certain people would, like me, admit their apathy or just plain lack of research on the issues that they think matter. I
personally am not voting because I don't feel comfortable with the idea, and I think being all quasi-intellectual and voting just because you're 18
and "now you can," and bashing Bush or O'Reilly without knowing what the hell you're babbling about, is stupid and, at least with me, puts you in
a worse position than if you'd just say "really, I'm just a rambling idiot, and I don't know a damn thing." Being a phony sucks. It just sucks.
Bill Gates / Ken Lea 2008