Education in politics isn’t worth the pain

The summer is now officially over, according to the academic calendar, and it is now time to buckle down with our new books and pencil sharpeners to further our educations.

The summer brought with it many exciting events, such as the Olympic Games, disputes in foreign countries and natural disasters.

However, for an added bonus, some were fortunate enough to

catch the extensive summer political coverage.

I’m sorry to say that I was not able to catch a great deal of the Democratic Convention, but I’m even more sorry that I caught any of the Republicans’.

Trying to become just a little more educated about our nation’s political system, I felt that it was my duty to watch this virtual circus and give the Republicans a chance.

Well, that chance didn’t last too long.

Listening to Bush preaching about being the “President for Change,” stressing family values and complimenting Dan Quayle was enough to turn my brown eyes blue.

If Bush wants to be the “President for Change” he claims to be, he should get out of office and stop deterring the process.

As far as family values go, who is he to judge?

Little George and his family seemed to fit the perfect family roles, but that didn’t stop his boy Neil from turning his savings and loan on its ear.

It seems that a lot of kids from single-parent families aren’t involved in national scandals. What’s the deal, George?

And what’s all this Dan Quayle business? For a man who is known better for his mistakes than his accomplishments, why is he being put on a pedestal?

I would think that the people in the higher-up positions would have known better than to get involved with this guy in the first place, let alone trying to reelect him.

It would be nice to be able to look at the candidates for any office objectively, based on their ideas and plans for the future.

Unfortunately, issues are put on the back burner and hypocritical character-bashing becomes the focus.

For example, Bush constantly labels Clinton as a draft dodger, but his own right-hand man had to run to daddy when the service came knocking on his door.

It takes paying close attention to interviews with the candidates to find out what their true beliefs are. If you caught the NBC interview with Bush two weeks ago, you know what I mean.

The man who portrays himself as anti-abortion admitted that if his granddaughter were pregnant he would “put his arm around her and try to be supportive,” but the decision would ultimately be hers. Sounds more like pro-choice to me.

In addition, the man who tries to stress unity and equality in the good old U.S. of A. was completely discriminatory against homosexuals. When asked what he would do if his grandson were gay, he said he would “put his arm around him and try to be supportive,” but would hope that his grandson wouldn’t think that his sexual preference was a normal lifestyle.

Sounds like a perfect example of an equal opportunity employer—what a great reflection of our country.