Wednesday, February 09, 2005

FME Again

Yeah, brief overview:

- Nothing major went wrong
- Everything major went right

I am proud of those juniors. I wish I could have been in a small group with each of them. But I'd settle for one small group. Being rector...but as Andy kept saying and I agreed with-it's all about the juniors. Me specifically, it was a good weekend but not on the same level as last February. But I did come up with my life plan on Friday night. Screw engineering, I want to start a third party. I've talked with many of you about this. The name is still up in the air (Justice Party?). You all will be members of a larger Brain Trust. I mean those of you who are for it. I think this would be a kickass way to spent this little blink we got on earth. Live the ideals, make it true at least for ourselves. And ride a bus together like in Almost Famous. But continue with your areas of study, become professionals. Your individual talents will add to the overall strength. After I have the strategic and tactical plans ironed out, I will give each of you a call, and you will come to St. Benny's the following weekend and we will ready ourselves to take America by storm. Policy-wise, it'll be stuff John Burke would agree with, and that should be good enough for you. I can't wait (but I'm kinda regretting the apps to schools that specialize in engineering. Looks like I'll be a transfer student just like my hero Shakeer!) Oh, and I'm 100% serious. We can do it.

post script
I am just a dreamer, but you are just a dream.

13 comments:

Scott said...

I'm all in support of the Justice Party. When the call comes, I will be there.

But it should be pointed out that policy-wise, John Burke has no actual views.

imac said...

you know I'm in. I'd just like the record to show that FME again was my line.

Cynda said...

Oh I want in!!! I'm sure you could find something for me to do, contrary to what Ken might think I'm not THAT stupid!!

imac said...
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Cory said...

I remember dreaming about my own party. It was going to have the best of both parties. It was going to honor the consistent ethic of life or whatever's it's called. It was going to stop frivolous military spending and take care of education. It was going to stop siding with big business and take financial burden off the lowest class. It was, of course, morally conservative. I guess you could call it a non-hypocritical Republican Party, or a practical, honorable Democratic Party. But my dream gave way to realism. It takes an issue as big as slavery to create a significant, unified party. And in the case of hot issues today, the lines have already been drawn between the two sides/parties. Why would a significant part of the population need a third party? Also, Michael Bauer told me to read Genesis 9:6. After resisting as much as I could, I gave up rationalizing a case against the death penalty and finally accepted all the verses supporting capital punishment, though I admit the way it's been practiced in the United States is embarrassing. So I guess I don't have the principle of the ethic of the consistent value of the value of life or whatever it's called.

Adrianna said...

I'm good at eating stuff and being a moron... what can I do to support this here party? SIGN ME UP!

Ben said...

Hey Cory, that was it in a nutshell! Kind of. But there is a lot of other stuff and I think you have far too much belief in the strength of the two party system. Both are decaying and fragmenting, have been, and will be further along when I make the call to arms.

"Take care of the small things and the big things will take care of themselves"

Have faith.

Ben said...

Oh yeah, and good points Scott and Ian.

And don't fret Cory, the glory of the plan will be outlined next weekend. And you will love it.

Shinekaze said...

Hey im all in... always loved politics... tho i have to point out... people will go more for a down to earth realistic party. Its all and good to have big goals like fixing education but just remember if we make the claim that we can just remember to stress what amount of work will go into it to the voters. that and id like to point out that (mainly to cory) whatever we decide... we cannot rule by the bible... the group should be completely free of religious and emotional ties... whether it be to the catholic church, the methodists, anti gay sentiments, "super anti moral corruption" you need to choose a middle path... appeal to the best... the moderates(appeal to them and you have most of the country)... not the staunch right wind nuts that bush has nor the strong left wingers of nader...(i really dont think that kerry had too many far left people did he? I might be wrong)

imac said...

Whoa, this new format is insane. Anyway, this post got "Lawyers, Guns, and Money" stuck in my head. Just thought you would like to know.

Ben said...

I agree one hundred percent Devon, and I think that's what Cory meant too. In fact, for about 30 seconds I entertained the idea of calling it the Moderation Party or something. Oh, and if you want to join this here blog, tell me and you'll get an invite to your school account soon. I can do it the same time as I send Machuca his. And I had you pegged for my Dept. of Propaganda with Scotty and Nancy. You could be chief web designer or something.

post script
Yes, Ian my Zevon disciple, soon all will have Lawyers, Guns, and Money stuck in their heads. Have you heard Like a Martyr yet?

Ken said...

There already is a third party. And a fourth, and a fifth, and a sixth, and...

So, just wanted to say, you might want to consider infiltrating one of them and staging a coup with the rest of us, then building up your party like a phoenix from the ashes.

Hey... it worked for Hitler!

And I don't know how much I like your policies yet, but I'm a good enough politician that I'll tell you I love them until I'm elected, at which point I'll do whatever I feel like. (You trust my judgment...right?) And I'll be sure to do some stuff you want, too, out of loyalty.

Deal?

Ben said...

Ken, by thrid party, we of course mean good third party, and while I do like the Green Party....

The coup thing is a good idea, but we would either need to get mutiple body piercings and become eco-terrorists, or sell our souls to the NRA, so I think we'll stick with the Generation 2 Baby Boom and hope we aren't as apathetic as we really are.

But yes, you could totally freeball after getting elected. {I don't understand how you couldn't like the policies seeing as though I based them off of trying to get your elusive approval :-(

We aren't running you for president in '40 anyway. It'll probably a Matt Mertens Michael Maag ticket.[that's alot of m's} You heard it here first. Oh, still got to explain this to Matt. Maybe I'll have Maag do it.