It’s DRIVING Me Crazy

Now that the election is over, it’s time to move on to another subject that I could talk about for days – driving. I don’t know if it’s because I learned to drive in a small town, and now I live in a major metropolitan area, but driving has changed a lot over the years. I first learned to drive in 1992 in a small town in New York. Twenty years later, I live outside Washington DC, and drive into the city for work every day. On a daily basis, I see things that are not just stupid, but absolutely idiotic.
I’m not a certified driving instructor, and I won’t claim to be perfect, but I believe that there has been a steep decline in the quality of driving over the years. I think that too many people drive like they are the only ones on the road, and unless you are from Lost Springs, Wyoming, with one resident, that’s rarely the case. It amazes me that, as drivers become more aggressive and selfish on the road, traffic fatalities have overall declined over the last 20-30 years. The question is, can that be attributed to more skilled drivers or safer cars? Here are a few of the many stupid things that I see people do.
1. Driving slow in the left lane. Technically, the right lane is for cruising, and the other lanes are for passing. If people are passing you on the right, you should probably move over. If you are holding up cars behind you, get out of the way. If you are a slow driver planning to make a left turn, you don’t need to be in the left lane several miles before your turn.
2. Turning into traffic. When I learned to drive, I was taught that if you can’t pull out and get up to speed without making someone slow down, don’t pull out. Now it seems as though people think that if the car coming can slow down before hitting you, it’s ok to pull out. Sometimes I feel like there is a sign in front of my car that says “Please cut me off.”
3. Changing lanes. Turning on your blinker does not entitle you to whatever space you want. You are still required to wait for whoever is in the lane to give you the space to move into. Plan ahead and have a little patience.
4. Blocking intersections. It’s illegal and just makes traffic worse. Again, you are not the only person on the road, as evidenced by the fact that you are stuck blocking the intersection. Everyone else has somewhere that they need to be, just like you. Do everyone a favor and wait until you can get through the intersection.

That’s enough for now. I’m sure this topic will come up again. Every day I see people do stupid things with their cars that I wouldn’t do with my beat up Hyundai, let alone a Mercedes or BMW.

It all seems like common sense to me.


Post-election letter to Mitt Romney

Mr. Romney,

Even though the odds were stacked against you, you fought hard and never gave up, and for that I must commend you. Fox News was behind you, but all the other major media outlets did everything they could to help Obama. You ran a respectible campaign, but I have to admit, you made a few bad mistakes, some of which I’ve noted below:

1. The 47% comment. I understand what you were trying to say, and I know everyone took it out of context to use it against you, but it was a pretty dumb thing to say. Despite the inherant truth behind your remarks, you had to know it would be used against you in a strong way.
2. You weren’t aggressive enough at magnifying Obama’s faults, especially during the last debate. You weren’t going to get any help from the media, so you needed to do it yourself. I know you wanted to run a respectable campaign, and not look as petty, but you couldn’t keep letting him off the hook.
3. I don’t want to call you a flip-flopper, because you didn’t really reverse your stance on issues, but there were several times when you “softened” your position, hoping to appease more people. I think you ended up losing more conservatives than the liberals that you gained. While some people won’t like your strong stance on some things, the respect you get for sticking to your values, is much more valuable.

I don’t think you ever really had a legitimate chance of winning, which wasn’t your fault, but you did a good job of making us all believe that you could. You never convinced me that you would be a great president, but I certainly believed you would be better than the alternative. Good luck to you in whatever you take on now.

Very Respectfully,
The average conservative American

Post-election letter to President Obama

Dear President Obama,

Congratulations on your hard-fought victory in the election. Myself and over 57.5 million other voters didn’t think you deserved another term in the White House, but somehow, over 60 million people thought you did. It doesn’t make much sense to me, but what’s done is done. I certainly hope that you extend a hearty “Thank You” to all the media that did all they could to hide your many flaws, while magnifying those of Mr. Romney. They are the biggest reason you won. Between your negative campaign and the media’s bias, half of America thought Mitt Romney was truly evil.
What I want to do now, is ask that you do a few things that I think will get this country headed back to greatness. The following is a list of those requests:

1. Repeal Obamacare. To this day, a majority of Americans don’t want it. It’s the quickest and most effective way to show Americans that you want to do what’s best for the entire country, not just for you and the “47%” of Americans that depend on you for handouts.
2. Pass a budget. This is gonna be tough, since it will require you to work with Republicans, but you have to do it at least once during your 8 years as President.
3. Be honest for once. You’ve already been re-elected, so, for example, you can admit that you lied about Libya. Part of being a decent man is the ability to admit that you are wrong. I’ve never heard you do it, so right now, I just can’t believe anything you say.
4. Stop killing unborn children. Your love affair with Planned Parenthood just disgusts me. You insist on supporting them with government money, and some of that money is used for abortions. There are two things I just can’t understand about this. First, you claim to be a Christian. I don’t know how any Bible believing Christian can condone abortion. Second, abortions are nearly always an elective surgery. Why are my tax dollars paying for an elective surgery? As much as I would like it, I’m not naive enough to think Roe vs. Wade will get overturned, so either stop funding Planned Parenthood, or make it illegal for them to perform abortions. Require them to be done in a hospital; this may save some mothers from dying as a result of botched abortions as well.

I could keep going, but I don’t want to overwhelm you. Again, congratulations on your re-election. I’m looking forward to a better 4 years.

Very Respectfully,
The average conservative American

The Election 2

Here are a few other things about the election that have gotten under my skin.

1.  Maryland question 7
Background: It’s a question about expanding gambling in the state of Maryland. The language of the question states that the main reason is to increase money for education. Right now, they only have slot machines at 5 locations. They want to build an entirely new casino, and allow table games. A lot of people from Maryland go to Pennsylvania, Delaware, and West Virginia to gamble, instead of staying in the state.
Arguments: The arguments for it are jobs, money for schools, and keeping money in Maryland. The only argument against it, that I’ve heard, is that many people don’t believe the schools will ever see any increased revenue.
Common sense: Let’s say that no money ever makes it to the schools, aren’t the jobs and keeping money in Maryland a good thing? The only reason I can understand for voting no would be that you don’t agree with gambling. Well, it’s a little late for that, now isn’t it?

2. Maryland question 6
Background: Legalizes gay and lesbian marriage in Maryland.
Arguments: The argument for it is equal rights for gay and lesbian couples. The argument against it is the belief that marriage is between a man and woman.
Common sense: In my opinion, this is not a question about equal rights, it’s a question about morality. I will always support equal rights, when it comes to discrimination against people. The problem here is, that values are changing. Fifty years ago, this never would have been an issue, let alone passed. God hasn’t changed. The Bible hasn’t changed. We have changed. Right now, you would be hard pressed to find someone who truly believes that incestual  marriages or polygamy should be legalized.  Don’t they deserve equal rights?  Seems pretty extreme right now, but that’s the road we are heading down. Until it was changed within the last few years, to accommodate our declining morals, the very definition of marriage was between a man and a woman. I don’t care if we want to give gays and lesbians the same legal benefits (i.e. civil union), just not marriage.

3. President Obama: “The best revenge is to vote.”
Background: When people at one of his rallies over the weekend booed Mitt Romney, the President said “Don’t boo, vote. The best revenge is to vote.” This is the same person that also called Mitt Romney a bulls–tter in front of the American public.
Common sense: Yes, President you are correct. I will get revenge on 4 years of disappointment. I will vote, and my vote will be for the candidate who has actually acted presidential during the campaign.

4. Fox News Article: “Why I am Voting for Barack Obama”
Background: Here is the link to the article
Common sense: There is none in the article, so I hope it’s a joke. I doubt it, though.

I think it’s pretty obvious where I stand, and who I will be voting for. It was somewhat torn in 2008, but there is no doubt in my mind this time.

It all seems like common sense to me.

The Election

I could talk for days about all the stupidity surrounding this election, but there are only a couple days left, so I will limit it.  I feel as though there are a great number of people that are not thinking rationally.  Maybe I’m not either, but here is my train of thought.  First of all, I’m not overly fond of either candidate.  My vote is more of a vote against one candidate than a vote for the other.  I’m a registered republican, but I try to consider each candidate objectively.  Here are a couple of the seemingly obvious conclusions I have come to:

1.  President Obama’s entire campaign has been based on negative attacks against Mitt Romney.  This is clearly a result of knowing that he can’t run on his record.

2.  If President Obama had a record to be proud of, this election wouldn’t be close, and he wouldn’t have to spend all his time campaigning, and be able to spend his time doing his job.

I truly believe that President Obama is a good man, loves his family, and loves America, but I have been very disappointed with his presidency.  For example, he promised to get immigration reform done in his first year.  He says he didn’t get the bipartisan support to get it done, but he was able to get Obamacare done with NO bipartisan support, knowing that most of Americans didn’t want it.

This all leads me in one direction.  I don’t necessarily believe Mitt Romney will be a great president, but I certainly don’t believe President Obama has earned the right to continue.

It all seems like common sense to me.

Welcome to my World

The World English Dictionary

stupid (ˈstjuːpɪd)
— adj

1. lacking in common sense, perception, or normal intelligence

There are a lot of intelligent people in the world that appear stupid, and I struggle to tolerate stupid people.  I believe that some common sense is required to survive in this world.  I see and hear a lot of things that don’t make sense to me.  These are the things that I will write about. I encourage feedback, whether you agree with me or not.  My goal is for my posts to be discussions.