Well I'm just the luckiest gal in the world. I have somehow managed to squirm my way into hanging out with some of the most awesome friends from old jobs ever. I had a happy hour with some chicks from my last job. I had waaaaaaaaaaaay too much fun. Planned weeks ago, the happy hour was good times.
Anyway, so I got to hang out with old friends who let me openly discuss my limited understanding of politics. Then we made fun of Newt Gingrich, because seriously? At one point, he looked like Dwight Schrute. But then I came home and got all patriotic watching the State of the Union address. It was very rousing. There were all kinds of extraneous applause and very long camera shots of Mrs. Clinton with her headband.
U.S.A.! U.S.A.! U.S.A.!
Then Geo called. After asking a few basic math questions ("Why doesn't everyone just pay their fair share? Why do bajillionaires pay fewer taxes than me? What is addition?") we got into a discussion. Of the political kind.
Cutting to the chase, we disagreed on some points. I was all "La la la! Flowers and ponies and fun!" Meanwhile, Geo was all "Realism and logics and economics." We disagreed. I thought people should give money to those who need it and Geo cleverly pointed out that loads of people abuse that system and would prefer to give money to those who DESERVE it.
All I know is that there was a lot of talking. Words. Phrases. Nothing having to do with him giving me free money. Ruuuuude.
The conclusion I came to tonight is that the politics you believe in are only as good as the people around you. If you're smart, you listen to other viewpoints. If you're dumb, you stop talking to anyone with a different viewpoint than you and only hang out with people who agree with you. Yes, it's easy to stand and clap when everyone else stands and claps, but sometimes you take in loads of insight from others and you take a second to sit and think about what you really believe it.
I believe in good people who do good things. I believe that we should be forgiving, but not taken advantage of. I believe that every person has a right to be happy, as long as it's not at the direct expense of another person.
I also believe in wine and carbohydrates. I believe that people who spend too much time on their appearance need a hobby. I believe that Smurfs could be real, if we'd all just believe in them. I believe that people without cable are just seriously missing out.
Most of all, I believe that people, in general, are pretty okay. While I kind of hate most people, I at least give them credit. Those of us who don't go all effing crazy are really just awesome to me...