skipped primary and lost student

Two things of importance today, other than a nice bike ride both to, and I hope from, work. Today is presidential primary day in Washington state. This "election" is costing taxpayers $10 million and it allocates only 25 percent of the states delegates, none of whom will be Democrats. My ballot is due in the mail but I'm not going to bother with it. Why you ask? First, as a Democrat, it's a waste of time and a stamp. Democratic delegates were chosen through a caucus a week or so back. Caucus delegates will go the county convention, and from there delegates will be selected to the state convention where the national convention delegates will be selected. The Democratic primary vote is merely a beauty contest. A waste of money good for nothing more than bragging rights.

The second reason I didn't vote is that it called for me to check a party "loyalty oath" on the envelope, declaring myself to have not participated in another party's nominating process. I could have done this, checked the Republican or Democrat box and no one would have been the wiser. Plus, there is no legal penalty for doing so, not like there is a penalty for being a felon and voting, that sort of thing. I thought about voting Republican, checking the box and all. I'm not sure what would happen if I checked the Democrat box and cast a Republican vote. The notice on the envelope didn't address that. The Republican votes count for 51 percent of the delegate allocation, while the Republican caucus allocated 49 percent of the delegates. Heck, I don't say the Pledge of Allegiance, so there's no way I'm signing a stupid loyalty oath to a political party. Morons.

And speaking of people who are not all that smart, I received a call from a former student's mother today. The student became a former student when she dropped my class today. This student told her mother that she was dropping the class because I told her she wasn't capable of writing at an eighth grade level and that she was stupid and there was no way she was going to pass the class. I was under the impression that this student was in the Running Start program that allows high school students to take college classes if they qualify but now it seems she's a high school graduate. Now, I'll never be confused for the nicest, or even most tactful teacher in eh world, or even on my campus, but even should I think a student is stupid, even though unfocused or lazy might be more apt, I'd never say it to his or her face. In one class today we touched on the difference between being honest and being brutally frank. I can't wait to see if this student posts at or whatever the hell that site is called.


In some ways, I totally agree, though about voting

Pretty much, I didn't vote either. I just don't really find a reason for it, as you say, when it's just for "looks." Part of me doesn't even care. I'm not saying that the entire voting process is rigged, but... then again, what "say" do we have in it at all?? Is this what our forefathers intended? Giving us the "appearance" of freedom, and voting? I Snicker at the mere superficial concept of all of it. Though, again, I have thought about marking Republican, and voting democrat, and vice versa. The main question being, WHY THE HECK DOES IT MATTER?? If we are living in a "free" country, where we can vote as we please, why do we only have TWO OPTIONS?? Am I missing something? I don't know, I can't claim to know everything about the voting process *sigh*

Sad story. But again, I know you well enough, that you would never say that to someone's face. You may be frank, but you definitely are more tactful than that- even if it is true (the subject of conversation). I just really don't understand though, why that parents try to get involved, in their "adult children's" situations. If children, or "adults" as well call anyone over 18 in America, think that they are responsible enough to go to college, an "unforced" opportunity at higher education, then shouldn't they be responsible enough to handle their own confrontations, and such? I will probably never know, whether this is the student's fault (the child's) or the parent's. Oh by the way, did I mention, I'm a major of developmental psychology? Not that it really matters, but it is kind of interesting... evaluating such- circumstances. If I were you, I would be very amused as well to see an interesting post at Oh yes, I can just hear it now....

Have a nice Night Mr. Bleck

Grant Callant

vote! vote! vote!

You may misunderstand Grant. I don't see voting in the way Thoreau expressed it, as a sort of gaming. It's just that the Democratic primary for president has no bearing on who gets delegates to the county, state and national convention. That's why I took part in the caucus, to be sure my voice was heard. Voting in the primaries, unfortunately, has become the domain of the parties. They get to decide who they associate with, as in who their candidate will be. It's the way party politics work. As for the student, google the term "helicopter parents" and the like and you'll see that it's not something uncommon. Parents pay the tuition, or co-sign on the loan, so they figure they have a say, a right to know.

Maybe I am

I guess I'm just not sure where you're going. I understand what you say about the primary having no bearing, but then again I guess I don't see how that being in the caucus would make your voice heard any more than a "regular person." Being a supporter of the democratic party doesn't seem to make you any different from the people who vote democrat but who are not active participant supporters. What it is I am misunderstanding? (I hope it doesn't sound like I'm asking a dunce questions, I'm just not "getting it.") Though I guess if you are using helicopter parents as an analogues statement, I guess that would make sense. People assume that just because they seem to know who they are voting for, though they have no idea what they stand for, that they have a right to put down a name on a piece of paper.

And I understand all of that bit, about parents being way overly protective and all, and the fact that it actually has a DEFINITION in the dictionary must indicate its ever-increasing commonality. Though, I can't say as how that is a good thing.

*My personal view, is that sometimes it's just best to give your child enough rope to almost hang themselves, but keep enough leash to stop them if they get too far... though that is just my personal opinion.

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