i’m getting stabby

Sometimes I feel like a bad American. Now, I can definitely get down with the love of hamburgers and pizza. I’m also all about double-fisting cans of really shitty beer until I can’t remember my name and I’m running down the street wearing my bra as a headband. (I haven’t done that before. Nope, never. Really.) I just can’t handle the politics. It makes me stabby. When someone tries to talk to me about them I stare at them wide-eyed and clueless. I’m a lost cause.

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People like to give me a lot of shit because I don’t vote. (Yes, you can too if you want. But I’m just going to shake my head slowly and pretend you’re naked and being hugged by a human-size porcupine.) Obviously I care about the issues at hand and a lot of them are important to me, I think I just get too overwhelmed by the arguing. I can’t handle the confrontation. The idiocy. The insanity. I get too emotionally invested by things so I’m better off avoiding them like the plague.

Ready for some irony? My college major was Political Science. (Weird, right?)

(Edited to Add this paragraph) I just can’t handle the way politics turn people into assholes. Recently when Scalia passed away, I read numerous posts on Facebook and here (WP) about celebrations. How it was a great thing. There were jokes over his death, cheers, and a lot of fucked up stuff about how happy people were. Regardless of the guy’s politics – he was still a person. With a family. Who died. Seriously. What the fuck is wrong with people? You’re disgusting. 

I’m curious where you stand, so you better vote down below. I already told you I was feeling stabby. So… you better listen! (Please and thank you 🙂 )

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285 thoughts on “i’m getting stabby

  1. mawil1 says:

    Ooh look at the response! Here in the uk we say never discuss sex politics or religion at a dinner party. Obviously it’s much more fun if you get everyone drunk and then do exactly that. Just like your blog 😄😄

      • mawil1 says:

        Maybe you could get a working holiday in GB! Sometimes a culture change is good. When I have been to the US I have found people to be friendly and out going, a lovely change! Can these be the same people who would vote for Trump? It’s mind blowing!! Somewhere there’s a happy compromise. But if you are foreign people give you the benefit of the doubt (but she’s American you know) ie licence to be pleasantly odd. Come over, have fun!!!

      • Blair (The Shameful Sheep) says:

        Oh, I can be pleasantly odd. Haha. I’ve wanted to head that way for awhile. If I could find work over there, I’d be gone in an instant. That has nothing to do with politics at all. Just wanna put that out there lol

    • Badass Auntie says:

      But you know that’s not true. What really happens is everyone goes down the pub, calls each other all the bastards and cunts in the universe and then argues over who is buying the next round.

  2. laceduplutheran says:

    Great post Blair. I have this long history with politics, was a political science major, worked for some interesting people in politics, did political stuff for a long time. With all that experience and knowledge, you’d think I was excited about elections. The opposite is true – election day is usually the most depressing day of the year for me. I usually end up writing in people for office because there is no way in hell I’m voting for the people on the ballot. I’ve written in my neighbor (who is opposite of me on political issues, but I trust very much) for all sorts of offices. But alas, he hasn’t won. My theory of voting is that I have to be able to look at myself in the mirror and not be ashamed of what I just did. The way the presidential election is going, this means I’ll be writing in someone else for the position. It won’t be the first time I’ve done that for president. I respect your feeling about not voting. I don’t believe everyone should vote. It’s there is people want to, but they should never be forced to.

    • Blair (The Shameful Sheep) says:

      Thank you 🙂 I like where you stand on it and what you said. It’s hard to choose between the people you can’t stand. Picking the lesser of two evils sucks. That’s all there is to it. There are far more people I know in person that I’d choose to vote for over any of our candidates. Solely based off their integrity and morals as a human. This year is painful to watch.

  3. Dandelion Buttons says:

    Haha, I am a Political Science Major too!

    I was going to follow everything this year, and STOPPED!

    I simply feel too exhausted and feel overwhelmed.

    It’s a circus, and I am worried and concerned, but my mental sanity is not worth the chaos.

    I will vote this year. But I haven’t in the past.

    Not voting is a choice and a right also. I respect that.

    How I follow is at my own leisure, usually when I can’t sleep.

    Overall politics are disgusting, and this is the best we have to offer as a leader? Yes I feel this year that I have committed myself to voting, that it’s a lesser of two evils, as always and hmmm maybe I will write in Daffy Duck.

  4. Mellow Curmudgeon says:

    Yes, politics does turn people into assholes, just as U said.

    I also get overwhelmed by the idiocy of in-your-face politics. But I do vote and I do chip in what little $ I can to some campaigns. No confrontations there.

    George Carlin was usually funny and often insightful, but he did not live under a dictatorship. Those who do are not so bullshit casual about freedom.

    One of the reasons so many people your age are up Shit Creek is that so many people my age are far right crackpots who do vote (down-ballot and off-year, not just when Obama is running for president). They vote for state legislators who draw congressional district lines rigged to pack the H of R with Tea Party Republicans, and so on.

    OK, I will now shut up and go find some pliers to pull out porcupine quills.

  5. Ann Coleman says:

    I relate completely! I have a hard time voting, because I never find a candidate who impresses me. And I absolutely hate how often politics turns people into jerks who mindlessly support their own party (and pretend it never does any wrong) and viciously attack the opposing party, without a shred of compassion or human decency. As you said, it’s never proper to “celebrate” someone’s death, and to do so just because you disagreed with them is weird!

  6. iamhlee says:

    I do generally vote, but i am afraid that, when the general election comes, there won’t be anyone i want to vote for. This election has become like a bad installment of Us Weekly.

  7. pawsinsd says:

    Politics does not turn politicians into jerks. Arrogance, money, self-aggrandizement makes jerks politicians. Now, the head of the local sewer jurisdiction will never be POTUS. But he can bide his time and move up the ranks. I majored in Soc/Psych but was in state politics for years. I do vote and think my dog is up for election this time. I’m so tired of the rhetoric and attacks I don’t even watch debates. I’m craving the California ballot that was 100 pages and I had to study it and figure out who was really for what. That was a challenge. Presidency is a crap shoot.

      • pawsinsd says:

        Even in California, for me every ballot proposition was a resounding “NO!” They were bankrolled by huge corporations and even the Mormon church. If you want to vote for my dog this year, just for a change, her name is Zoe. We adopted her 12 years ago today from a Texas shelter. If she could speak she has the same color hair (but all over, no comb-overs needed) as Trump but would be much nicer to everyone, wag her tail, lick a baby or two and make sure every dog got healthy treats. She gets my vote!

      • pawsinsd says:

        One of the best things a President can do is make sure Congress is against each other and nothing other than a budget ever gets passed. That’s what keeps us all alive. And a budget without the former Ted Stevens “bridge to nowhere” and to investors, banks and insurance companies when people are losing their homes to sub-prime mortgages.

  8. greg-in-washington says:

    It is the local issues that are important. The school tax levies they keep trying to add on, would tax us all out of our homes if we just ignored them on the ballots, along with the other tax schemes they dream up. As far as presidential politics are concerned, here in Washington we don’t matter. They announce the winner before we finish voting!

    • The Sons are FREE! says:

      We just turned down the school tax levy in Sequim for the 4th time. Do you think anyone on the BOE ever stops to think about the effect of such increase on a mostly retired population living on fixed pension/SS incomes? The Peninsula Daily News had a letter to the editor last week, with the statement “a small minority is thwarting the will of the people”. Haha – laughed until I wet my Depends on that one. But I dare not respond in the paper, old people are vindictive, especially the stupid ones.

      • greg-in-washington says:

        The ‘no” vote is the will of the people. I am not against education. I just point out failing to vote is a risk to your wallet. Sometimes you win and sometimes you lose! Blair is wishing this blog post would go away. Personally I would let it live another week before hitting the delete button–just a thought.

  9. fattymccupcakes says:

    I don’t vote either. I hate our political system. It’s corrupt and full of false promises. Sure, if everyone felt the way I do and no one voted, what would we be left with? However, the joy of exercising that particular right falls short when the people you are voting for are going to do nothing to make the necessary changes this country needs. I’m moving out of the country. I can’t stand what this nation has become.

  10. Talia Hardy says:

    I am not American but I feel fairly sure if Trump were to become President it would be a strong reflection of how myopic the world is becoming. Thanks Blair for the opportunity to vote in your poll

  11. Drunk Off Rhetoric says:

    I’m really interested in politics, the debates, reading about foreign policy etc, and knowing how the political system works (or how little) I don’t bother.
    Just the other day I told a guy from work that I don’t plan on voting and he said that was unintelligent. Then he turned around and said he was voting for Hillary Clinton because the Clintons are “the blackest people out there” and he “respects that Hillary stayed by her man even after he cheated.”

  12. Ealachan says:

    The only lecture I have for you about not voting is this: by not voting, you’re giving them what they want. You’re making the government and the media EXTREMELY happy by not demanding that they do their fucking jobs and make this country at least a reasonable, if not better, place for everyone to live. The more reasonably intelligent people that get turned off of voting because of the circus the media has made it into, the less oversight there is and the less accountable lawmakers are held for their actions. Normal people NOT voting is how we’ve gotten to where we are today. If you want more of the same, then sure…don’t vote. But also, don’t bitch when you suddenly wake up one day to an America that has turned into a fascist, Bible literalist theme-park where women can have all the guns they want but they never have time to use them to mount a revolution because they’re too busy trying to feed and clothe the 14 kids they were forced to birth because it was their husband’s will.

  13. Alleh says:

    So, minus the swearing and overall bitterness (I think we can do better, people): I vote becasue it matters. If the entire population of the United States actually voted, it would make a difference. Not even all, maybe even 10% more. What bothers me about politics in general, however, is how people vote based on religious beliefs. Religion has no place in politics. Facts matter. Science matters. Try telling that to a overly religious individual, and all you’ll get is Bible verses out of context.
    And the cherry picking. Holy proverbial shit, the cherry picking!

  14. 2ndhalfolife says:

    I wish we could have had two votes…. I put the “I vote because I think we should”–that’s also because I’m a woman and women fought very hard to GET the vote. I hate to think of what those women, and all they went through for us to be able to exercise that right (read about it) and then me not doing it. But I also liked the Trump answer. But there are so many answers that weren’t there: like I have NO choice but to listen to the bullcrap that’s on the radio night and day. Oh shut up already. I would like to hear other news please. I’m sick of them all fighting. Listening to them is not going to change what I feel–it distances me in fact. It makes me ashamed honestly. This whole year is making me sick. I hear it everywhere, including my work place. I want to tell people: didn’t your Mother ever teach you not to talk about religion and politics. Ugh.

    • Blair (The Shameful Sheep) says:

      I should have made an option for people to choose more than one. Oops! I’m actually not sure if that’s even possible. I’m going to have to look next time around. This year makes me sick too. It’s nonstop with the arguing.

  15. bkw says:

    I do keep up with political news and such. I vote even in the caucuses. I think if everyone paid attention and voted, these varmints wouldn’t get away with as much as they do.

  16. Heather Nemec says:

    I totally get what you’re saying. Especially with the candidates we have now. Utterly ridiculous. I try to keep up with what’s going on but like you said you can’t have a civilized conversation about politics without people turning into assholes. I have had to either unfriend or unfollow some friends on Facebook during election time because I can’t deal with the constant arguments between my more political minded friends or the memes people put up about their least favorite candidate (ok some of them are funny). When there is a candidate you believe in you will vote. Until then don’t let people get you down about not voting. I don’t either.

  17. Haji says:

    It’s your right not to vote, but you actually live in a state where your vote would matter. The youth vote is important, because most of us are ingrained to believe that we don’t matter, that no matter what we do, nothing will change. And, if you choose to vote, that may still be true.

    About a hundred years ago, women had no right to vote at all. That, coupled with the laws in place and the efforts to keep people who can actually impact things silent, disenfranchising the poor, the ethnic minority, the youth, keeps things the way they are.

    It’s your choice. But whatever your wedge issue is, find it, and consider casting one in it’s favor, maybe just as a favor to me. Because in Delaware, we literally have 3 electoral votes and only our local elections count for anything at all.

    • Blair (The Shameful Sheep) says:

      You’re right. I think I told someone else here I’ve never actually lived in a state where my vote would count. New York was blue no matter what I voted. Then Utah was red no matter what I voted. Being in NC definitely changes the game. It’s something I hadn’t considered until I started reading some responses here!

  18. Lady Dickson says:

    The happiness I have about being Canadian is overwhelming when it comes to American politics. I don’t blame you for not voting. It’s a fucking shit show ya’ll have going on down there. The fact that Trump actually has a chance of being President is something I….I just cannot…understand. But on the flip side, the rest of the Conservatives running against him are fucking awful too.

    I just can’t see Hilary or Bernie winning against Trump.

    Your politics give me hives.

    • amoralegria says:

      As an American who always votes no matter how bad it gets, I have hope…I know polls aren’t always right, but both Bernie and Hillary beat Trump in projection polls.

      Is it true that your government is saving some land for us in New Brunswick or Nova Scotia in case Trump wins? That’s what circulating here. I hope it’s true, because in the worst case scenario, if he wins, some people (like me) will refuse to continue living in this country. But here’s something else I heard: Trump started his campaign on a lark and doesn’t really want to be president. He’s going to find a way to back out if the situation presents itself. I hope this is also true!

  19. Rosie Scribblah says:

    We’re going through something similar in the UK over whether to stay in the European Union or not. I do think that everyone should register to vote and should use their vote because so many people have fought and died for the right and we will contribute to a better society if we do so. None of us is an island. however, I understand the frustrations of having to look at poor quality politicians and think, “What the hell!!! I don’t want to vote for that lot!” but maybe we’re getting the politicians we deserve because we’re too apathetic.

  20. Healthy Not Nuts says:

    I think it’s important to understand what’s going on and to exercise your right to vote. I haven’t always cared about politics, in fact, many times I was turned off by the subject and ignored it all together. Not anymore, though. I don’t enjoy discussing it in public or amongst groups of people either because it seems to turn so nasty all the time but I keep up on what’s going on and my husband and I discuss it together, then he goes out and discusses it with everyone he meets ~ he loves that! LOL!

  21. hotmessmemoir says:

    God, I want to read every single one of these comments. They are so fascinating to hear everyones point of view. What a brave, vulnerable post you made and I appreciate it. My opinion is this: I would rather you NOT vote if you are not making an informed decision. I will not mention whom I’m leaning towards but I guarantee you someone will vote for Trump bc they saw him on the Apprentice or theyll vote for Hillary bc her husband used to be president. Great post and I am going to sit down tonight and read all these responses.

  22. Gina says:

    “Regardless of the guy’s politics – he was still a person. With a family. Who died. Seriously. What the fuck is wrong with people? You’re disgusting. ”

    THANK YOU! Couldn’t agree more. We should never celebrate death.

  23. inspirationalgem says:

    I agree with like every word! I have always loved politics and was the biggest political junkie in college. I used to vote in every single election. But I got so fed up with all the nonsense, the hostile arguing, the biased sources, and all that, people preaching acting like perfect moralists but being hypocritical,…all that bs! Now I still care about the issues but I hardly pay attention anymore and don’t know what’s even going on. I can’t understand any of it for the life of me and don’t even try. I haven’t been watching any debates or reading anything political. It’s my dirty little secret. I haven’t admitted it to anyone else. I can just imagine the comments I would probably get and the things people would think of me. Lol Oh well! It’s just so hard to get into it with people not only wishing certain political candidates dead but all those who support them, calling each other all kinds of vulgar things, using biased sources to back up their claims. No thanks! Lol After reading your post, I don’t feel like such an outcast! 😀

  24. thisendoftheswamp says:

    We always vote in every election. A lot of times it’s a vote AGAINST somebody, rather than really being FOR a candidate, but it still counts. We have one Congressman here in Maryland – a physician (not Carson) – who voted against Federal aid to his own district after Hurricane Sandy, and also voted to increase the amount of lead allowed in paint used in homes and on children’s toys. Can you imagine such a thing? I could live with the Hurricane Sandy business, but lead paint on children’s toys? What sort of parent would vote for that man?

    As for the current crop? We have, what, 300 million people in this country, most of whom are voting age, and figure half and half Republican and Democrat, and THIS is the best we can dredge up? Good Lord, deliver us.

  25. survivednarc says:

    Hello again Blair (shameful sheep)! 🙂
    Because I really like your blog, I have nominated you for “The Versatile blogger award”! You can read all about it in my latest blog post: https://survivednarc.wordpress.com/2016/03/08/the-versatile-blogger-award/

    There is no pressure to participate, it’s just fun if you do (on your own time schedule). It simply entails writing a blog post just like mine (but changing your “facts” and “nominations”, of course). Congratulations on being a great blogger! Hugs /SurvivedNarc. (Please don’t feel stabby towards me for doing this 🙂 )

  26. sinsofamother says:

    Last weekend was registration for our local elections…I didn’t go. I have better things to do than to waste my time. Just like you I fail to understand why we need to VOTE…I live is South Africa under the most uneducated president ever. Do you know how many social media jokes goes around with him as the main character??? It’s sad to think that even if we vote for another candidate that he will still win, because you get assholes that still believes in him, even after years of broken promises…their mantra “I’m voting for the party not him’ I mean what the fuck?!!! the party is him…how stupid can you be?? But I’m still going to vote at the end of the day, I’m just thinking what if the other candidate needed one more vote to win…anyone is better than the current president at this moment (at least that’s how I feel)

  27. nombre de la pluma says:

    I would vote for Trumps hair, but not for Trump. How is he a front-runner when he’s offended Immigrants, especially Latino Americans, American women, disabled Americans, African Americans, Muslim Americans, Catholics and 7th Day Adventists (and reflexively all Christ Followers should be offended), Iowans, Asians, and POWs (and reflexively, all members of the whole American military should be offended)? How? And how is Hillary even running and not in jail for all the scandals? She just smiles and says the scandals shouldn’t matter, but it’s about integrity, or it ought to be. She started with Watergate and has gotten all this far with scandal following every step, lately Bengazi-gate and email-gate and exchanging a traitorous deserter for several known captured terrorists. How?!

    • Keith says:

      I saw this pop in my comment section, so please forgive my attempt to speak to your comments. As an Independent voter and former Republican and Democrat, I would agree with your comments about Trump, except for the hair part. It is hard to like that “do.”

      As for Clinton, she does have questions to answer for on the email issue, yet the Benghazi issue has been investigated eight times for $6 million and was actually put to bed in December 2012 by a report of Admiral Mullens and Ambassador Pickering (they were not called to testify for nine months by the GOP led committee). The real conspiracy was noted by possible GOP Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy, who let it slip on Fox News (this cost him the speakership) last fall that Benghazi investigations were designed to hurt Clinton’s campaign. So, we are paying with our taxes for a witch hunt.

      As for Watergate, that was Richard Nixon’s snafu back in 1972, so Clinton was just out of law school and had nothing to do it. She also was not Secretary of State during the Bowe Bergdahl’s release in 2014. John Kerry became Secretary of State in January 2013. Clinton is far from perfect and deserves scrutiny, but she takes an extra load of crap from the GOP as she has been the frontrunner for a long time. Keith

  28. Susan Halloran says:

    I vote. I stay up on issues, watch and learn everything I can. But honestly politics are becoming an embarrassing side show. More likened to reality TV than actual educated beings trying to make our lives better. It’s sad, so I hear where you are coming from completely.

  29. Paul J. Stam says:

    First of all let me thank you for letting me know you liked my post, “Never, Ever Again” on papermudandme.com.
    Secondly, I voted once. It was for a man named Eisenhower. I was a young and callow lad at the time and thought Eisenhower was an honorable man. He later became President of Columbia University which implies that being president of a college is more honorable than being the president of a country.
    I have not voted since then because I came to the conclusion that as insignificant as my vote is, no politician deserves the honor of my voting for him. That sounds arrogant, I know, But there is no such thing as an honest politician. Well, anyway, thanks for letting me know you liked my post, and I will be following you. All the best and Aloha – pjs/

  30. Mo says:

    I may have to borrow the phrase, “I’m getting stabby.” Love it! I actually have been stabbed and it was so long ago that it’s funny to my friends and me and that phrase fits perfectly. So awesome. And I loved the article!

  31. Badass Auntie says:

    I would like to officially thank you for liking my blog so I could find yours. I’ve been guilt tripped for years about my non voting tendencies. If I walked into a restaurant and was asked if I’d like shit on toast, shit soup, shit fried shit or shit salad with a sprinkle of shit, unless I could order off menu, I’d be going hungry. It doesn’t matter who you fucking vote for in bit elections in big countries, you’re still fucked to all fuckery. I live in a small place where every vote counts so much that politicians will actually pay for you to vote for them – and not metaphorically. At least that’s a little bit more honest. Keep on stabbying. Love it!

  32. jotascript says:

    Not only did I also major in Political Economy, volunteer heavily during college and wrote my thesis on political campaigns AND YET now feel voting is for the naïve and gullible but my second major at HILLSDALE College was Christian Studies yet, the last two times I voted it was in Democratic primaries. Even if I didn’t believe the Illuminati controlled our government, allowing elections only as smoke & mirrors, everyone I’ve ever voted for except one has lost. I’m like a curse. If I support you, you lose.

  33. K.E. Wilkinson says:

    I’ve (almost?) always voted, since I’ve been old enough to vote. Often, I’ve felt I’ve been picking “the lesser of two evils.” I’ve lost friends (?!) over some of my political views, and I can’t say I’m sorry that I’ve seen some of them go, because if they couldn’t allow me room to have an opinion of my own, could they really have been a real friend in the first place? And in one case, it was a friend of 18+ years, but a few weeks ago, one of her other friends of over 25 years dropped her for her hate speech, so I don’t feel so bad!

    To each their own. If you don’t vote, you lose your voice in how the country is run, BUT… sometimes you have to wonder how much that vote really counts anyway, don’t you?

    I happen to ❤ Bernie Sanders. He's like a broken record, in that he's been saying the same things for longer than I've been alive, and I'm not exactly young. 😉

    If you don't like what you see in the government, maybe it's time to get involved, at least in a local level. And things like primaries and local elections can definitely have a greater impact than that presidential election that happens every four years.

    Whatever you decide, it IS your voice, and YOU get to decide whether to use it (or not!) and how, so don't let anyone bully you, either because you don't use it, or because you use it in ways they don't like.

  34. mh4wp says:

    As a United States citizen, I voted in 2012 and 2014 elections. Granted my mom gave me no choice but to go to the voting booth back then.

  35. amoralegria says:

    If you don’t vote, you are actually voting by staying away. Whoever wins – that’s who you voted for. Whoever loses – that’s who you voted against. In some countries, voting is mandatory. Seriously, if everyone voted, think of how things could be better: more Democrats in office, being able to overcome the power of money, letting politicians know what we really care about.

    It’s your choice, of course, and I don’t know your political views. But it’s been shown time and time again that when fewer people vote, Republicans/conservatives win. When the voter turn out is high, Democrats/liberals win. I prefer the latter.

  36. amoralegria says:

    Thank you for liking my post on “Dinnertime” (Weekly Photo Challenge). It’s interesting that although you say you don’t vote in elections, you are the only blogger I’ve come across that gives people the option to “vote” on something in your blog. Ironic, no?

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