you shouldn't be able to push the button if you can't say the word

nucular. nuc-ular. nucuuuuuular. NUCULAR is not a word. nuc-lear is
a word. allow me to spell it phonetically: noo-klee-er. from the french
word nucléaire, which means unpronounceable on television by substandard vice presidential candidates.

of all the things that bothered me about last night’s debate (and
believe me there were a few), this mispronunciation takes the cake, and
here’s why:

i think sarah palin can and does say that word correctly all the
time. i don’t think that this was an oversight on her part. i think it
was just one more example of the gee, shucks politics that she brings
to the mccain ticket…a politics that is a direct echo of a certain lame
duck president we all know and despise. and i’m tired of that tactic working.
i’m tired of american voters flocking to the polls in favor of the
“person next door.” a person who has no real knowledge about foreign
relations or economic policy. someone who blathers on and on about
“main street” and about being in touch with the american people. guess what sarah palin? you don’t have to be in touch with me. because i’m not a politician.

i don’t have to understand the intricacies of foreign policy and
billion dollar bailout packages, because i’m working forty hours a week
writing grants to get kids to music camp. the rest of that stuff is
your job. that’s why i cast a vote every four years. so i don’t have to
do it myself.

now don’t get me wrong, i do want my president (or vice president
for that matter) to know how much a gallon of gas costs. and a gallon
of milk. i want them to have one house, not seven. i would like to see
first generation wealth being spent on campaigns once in awhile (thank
you for that, barack)…but at the end of the day, what drives me
insane about the election of president bush and the potential election
of someone like sarah palin (god forbid) is that americans are
egotistical enough to think that someone “just like them” is capable of
running this country.
someone they would want to “go out and
have a beer with.” really? is that really what you want? because most
of the people i drink beer with are completely incapable of running the
country...

 

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