I mean really, suggesting myself as a candidate isn’t any crazier than the squatter up in Detroit doing it. If you live in a cave and don’t know what I’m talking about google “woman has to live with squatter in Detroit.” Which is a whole ‘nother post of its own, cause I have tons of ideas to run off an unwanted houseguest (I’m full of solutions today). It’s all I can do to keep the hubs and my son from running out of my house screaming now, so I’m pretty sure I could fix that problem easily.
I digress, back to the politics… Here’s my platform.
Instead of living in such a capitalist country and just accepting it, why don’t we refuse to let big business run all over us? Should one company *ahem no name pointing here* really need to be in every city and carry every single thing a person needs? Have we gotten so lazy that we need to buy our groceries, birthday cakes, make-up, pharmaceuticals, sports equipment, video games, flowers, shoes, movies, music, electronics, clothes, guns, jewelry… ah you get the idea. What happened to the good old days when you said, “I’m going to the one hour photo place to get those pictures of my Florida vacation developed and then I’m going to stop by the florist and pick up a bouquet for mom’s birthday?” If you haven’t noticed, there aren’t any one-hour photos around anymore, and the floral industry is all but going under on everyday arrangements and surviving on special events and funerals. So are all the other industries I mentioned plus many more.
My point… here’s the part I’m sure everyone will love… two frightening words. Government regulation. Yeah, I know… but in the Government of T, regulation is like a birthday party. We’ll have cake. From a local bakery even, not one of the giant conglomerates. Companies shouldn’t be that big. They shouldn’t be so large that no one can stop them from running all over their employees and putting every mom and pop out of business. My government would say, “Hey Super-Mega Mart, we don’t play that anymore. Time to pick an industry, you don’t get to have your hands in them all.” And maybe even stop companies from having more than X amount of locations. Would we really all just die if there wasn’t the same tired, crappy fast food chain on every corner? I know I wouldn’t. I try to only go to the privately-owned local restaurants now as it is.
I could go on, and in fact I just deleted a few other things I had planned on including, because the reactions I typically get when I talk about this stuff seems to shock most people. Sure my ideas might be somewhat controversial, maybe even politically incorrect, but here’s the thing… something needs to change. We’re so focused on the stupid things like where our politicians were born and what religion they are that we’ve forgotten our country is in a bit of a mess. Old people are eating dog food because it’s cheaper than buying groceries. People are being denied medical care, or losing their homes because of medical bills they couldn’t afford. College graduates can’t find jobs and high school aged children who get accepted to great colleges have no idea how to pay for their tuition. Pharmaceutical companies are making billions from people staying sick and we haven’t cured anything since polio in the 1950s, yet we can make a phone that plays music, has GPS tracking, scans barcodes and well… you know all those apps, I have no idea how to work my smartphone anyway! You get the idea. As a society our focus is jacked up. It’s less and less at being a good neighbor and more and more as being a good consumer.
In conclusion, will I ever take my silly ideas and run for office? Doubtful. But think about what I’ve said. Next time you go out to dinner and pull into the giant franchise steakhouse that has all the stupid sports and movie memorabilia crap on the wall to order that frozen assembly line dinner, promptly pull back out, drive down the road and buy a real meal from your local mom and pop where the cook actually knows how to prepare a meal made from fresh local food, not some nasty frozen crap that came in a cardboard box off a semi. And the next time you want to surprise your old lady with some fresh flowers, go to your florist. Believe me, boys, we know when you’ve cheaped out on us. And last but not least, when you need to stock your fridge, try hitting up your local farmer’s market once in awhile. Not to get too “tree-hugging hippie” on you guys, but local produce has way less of an environmental impact (you’ll never hear me use the words ‘carbon footprint’ but you get the idea), local vegetables and fruits are fresher and will taste better, plus it’s safer. Cutting out the middle-men from the garden to your table lessens the chance of contamination. And of course, once again you’re promoting your local economy.
Back to your regular programming.