So does being in college, to a certain extent. That’s because it means I have very little time to waste; if I’m not in school I’m working so I’ll be able to pay for it, studying, sleeping, or using whatever recreational time I have to the fullest extent.
So it’s not too rarely that I ask for a day off; if my calculations are correct, despite my work regimen I’ll be broke in a year and then I’ll have to break the student loan coffer and that can’t happen until I go to law school for my plan to work.
So, imagine my surprise when I decide to request one day off for public service so I can attend the senatorial convention at my college as a delegate and nothing, nothing, nothing, gets done. I swear we clapped for the senators who spoke and the other guest speakers longer than we worked; it’s like the convention was about showing off more than about amending and presenting resolutions to be passed for the party platform of Texas Republicans which can effect the platform of the entire party.
So, it’s pretty [STRIKE]damn[/STRIKE] important.
But instead I got folks begging for votes, essentially, once you cut through the red tape. Cornyn and Shapiro had convincing arguments, and they made an admirable stab at trying to rally the base for McCain (it’s frightening how little folks are excited about him) but mainly,I got a case of fearmongering. We will lose the Texas House to the Democrats, so vote for us and do what you can. I don’t know, a little more substance would have been nice.
The clapping, for goodness sakes, it’s ornery for me to say, but hopefully I’m not the only who’s hoped that nobody will stand up for another ovation and just stay down. I learned that it’s some kind of golden rule that when one person stands up and claps you’re all supposed to follow suit; kind of rude to be that impetus on me. You know, it kind of loses it’s importance when you do it for every single person and every single thing.
We learned who’s going to state; not me, but hey, it’s my first time you’ve got to actually do stuff for the party first before you can represent them. Of course, then we had eight folks who tried to force them selves into the delegation because “they were young and active Republicans.” I asked my precinct chairman if I should pull the same stunt (I’m young, trying to be active, Republican and black, I should get some concession) he said they’d hate me for it but I could. Good thing I didn’t, because there was more opposition than you could shake a stick at about. From the get-go, there was a worry that they could be stealth Obama operators or more likely to me and perhaps just as worrisome, Ron Paul supporters in hiding. They might have made it if some of the alternates they were trying to replace weren’t in attendance or sick. They tried to smooth things over by explaining that they had chosen the names they were striking in order to insert themselves were chosen at random. Well, heck that helped their case a lot.
So, after that ruckus was settled. Offical party business was to be taken place, no recording devices allowed. I was most certain that this was due to my cell phone recording of both Senator’s speeches; I had gotten some wary looks from the GOP chairman as I was doing so. I don’t know why. It’s not like I was going to youtube them or anything…
Anyway, I’m all hyped to get to business. I fill myself with righteous indignation so I can prepare myself to squash that ridiculous plank in the platform to make English the national language because, seriously guys and gals, we’ve been through this before. I quickly prepare my tryplicate for my resolution to reach out to minorities in order to make the party more diverse and reflect the interests of all Americans more efficiently.
Instead, some guy sneaks up, and asks for a motion to end discussion and folks agree. So discussion on the resolutions end. Except, it seems everyone thought it was to end discussion on the Tran-Texas Corridor resolution, not the whole she-bang. I asked my precinct chairman why and he explains that some people were fine with the platform and wanted to stop people from changing it. Another delegate expained that this must be why Congress takes so long do anything. Yeah, well, that didn’t help me get over my frustraton. All that for nothing. Nothing was changed on paper and thus, nothing happened really when it comes to the state convention.
Goshdarn Democrats stayed until six at night talking about their resolutions my professor said. The whole thing makes me so irritated I could burst.