I like to look back and laugh at myself. It's fun to see how some things have changed over the years while others have not.
Over the weekend, I was making room in my filing cabinet for some paperwork and came across a few folders that collected my college era stuff: transcripts, official documents, and so on. Among them was a clipping from The BG News (our campus newspaper). It's a letter to the editor that I wrote during the presidential campaign for the 1992 election: Perot will not win, but he should. I was working to organize the Ross Perot for President Campaign on the BGSU campus back then.
It is below. Click the image to read a slightly larger version.
Man, that takes me back... and gives me a good chuckle at the same time. :-)
Posted by jzawodn at February 04, 2008 11:03 AM
Unrelated to the post, as a Bowling Green native it's always fun to see the home town in 'print'.
I was a student at BGSU during the 2000 elections, and as a total night owl got sort of hooked on watching the old presidential debates that C-SPAN would air in the runup to the election.
It was the first presidential election I was eligible to vote for, and really the first time I had any real interest in politics. I remember watching a rerun from the 1992 election, with Clinton and Bush Sr. constantly taking jabs at eachother while Perot unsuccessfully tried to steer the debate back to the issues.
I was incensed at how everyone seemed to disregard the one guy who seemed interested in actually doing *something* more than just smearing the competition.
I tried to find a similar candidate to support (knowing of course s/he would have no chance, but hey, it was the first time I could vote! For the president!) but came up empty.
I ended up not voting at all that year.
Not sure how this really relates to the post either, aside from being a fellow BG alum and agreeing with your position 8 years after the fact :)
"Vote for Zawodny".
Not sure what we vote for you for, but we vote for you for something.
That makes me chuckle too. Just this evening I was chatting with someone and Perot came up and I said "You know, I voted for him in, what was it, 92?"
... and then right after this letter to the editor was published, they held the televised vice-presidential debates. Those who saw those will certainly won't forget them.
I never thought about it until I read this entry, but doesn't Obama look like Ross Perot? I think it is the ears.
This reminds me of the Ron Paul editorial I wrote just last fall. I am lucky in that my school newspaper has been slow to adopt the Internet and my real name won't get affixed to it. College is exactly the right place to go crazy with radical political ideas like this. When you're lucky they'll take off, like Obama's did.
Actually, I was also a Ross Perot supporter in 1992 (not 1996) and I voted for Ron Paul this year. I do not support everything either candidate believes in, but I am still fed up with the b.s. that goes into our federal government. And I am not ashamed to give my real name.
It seems that for last 15-20 years or so, duopoly-based american political brainwashing machine had find necessary to take some clowns for back vocal party, just to keep shadows behind suns(s). Well, Ross Perot or Ron Paul, what the heck is difference - they would hardly make it in mostly *red* US.