Not Cool, Robert Frost – This Kid’s on to Something

Watch this video. Now. Oh, you’ve already seen it? Well watch it again. Then read the rest of this post. Whoops, forgot to say please…

Part of an ongoing YouTube series, this vid has become a viral sensation, and with good reason. This little guy’s on to something. He proves that kids not only say the darndest things, but at times speak the most profound things as well.

I mean, can anyone else see him as our president in 2062?

Not only could we all regularly use this kind of pep talk in our lives, but so many of his quips can be applied to our world today on a macro level. This is especially true coming on the heels of November’s election and the seemingly unending crisis and near-crisis situations spanning the globe.

Some of my favorite lines from the vid are below; what I believe to be the most meaningful and relevant is in bold.

  • The world needs you to stop being boring… Boring is easy.
  • Life isn’t a game, people. If life is a game, are we on the same team?
  • It’s time to do something.
  • Two roads diverged in the woods, and I took the road less traveled.
  • Not cool Robert Frost.
  • If there really were two paths, I want to be on the one that leads to awesome.
  • It’s like that dude from Journey said, ‘Don’t stop believing… unless your dream is stupid.’ Then you should get a better dream.
  • What will be your Space Jam? What will you create that would be make the world awesome?
  • This is your time. This is my time. It’s our time!
  • We can make every day better for each other. If we’re all on the same team, let’s start acting like it.
  • You were made to be awesome.
  • It’s everyone’s duty to give the world a reason to dance.

And if you’re like me and dug the background music, here’s the song…

Missouree/Missouruh. Potato/Potahto.

I  came across this story in the New York Times today about politicians’ pronunciation of “Missouri”. As a native Midwesterner and having gone to school in Missouri, I’ve heard both pronunciations aplenty, but I never gave too much thought to the need to use the state’s pronunciation for political gain. This is classic political pandering, but I suppose every little bit helps in tightly-contested campaign races anymore.

The article notes that most people–myself included–use “Missouree”, but even I’ve dropped the occasional “Missouruh” every now and then. I know my mom–a native Missourian–uses the former and my dad goes with the latter. I think there’s a lot of merit to the notion that this debate is rooted more in geography (urban vs. rural) and a generational gap (older vs. younger) than anything else, so it makes sense to exploit the pronunciation for a political gain in ads and on the stump.

While this whole discussion is a bit fatuous, it is fun to think about. And I think we can all agree that there’s no right or wrong here. Just so long as no one uses “Illinoise”, we’ll be good.

So Who Is This Paul Ryan Guy Anyway?

Welcome to the fray that is the 2012 campaign race, Paul Ryan. Glad to have you on board the now Romney-Ryan ticket. As someone who’s interested in the candidates and our nation’s pundits all engaging in some semblance of a substantive debate this fall, I’m clearly a big fan of Ryan’s selection. Despite what many may believe, Ryan is more than just the Republican budget plan he designed and has hence come to be almost exclusively known for by the majority of America.

Okay, and while that last statement must make me seem like I’m some kind of Ryan apologist, I can assure you I am most certainly not. But I am all for giving the guy a fair shake and seeing where he stands on all the issues. Yes, while I acknowledge the economy is the defining issue of the election, it’s also not the defining issue that should necessarily and solely determine our votes in this election.

Moreover, as an independent voter who’s still technically “undecided” at this juncture, I’m relieved that Romney has finally solidified his choice and that I can now delve into researching Mr. Ryan’s background and record. (This reminds me that I need to step up my game in doing the same with the third-party candidates out there as well.) Nerd Alert, I know. As I learned to embrace my “inner nerd” long ago, I’ve unabashedly been geeking out over all the recent Romney-Ryan coverage and Obama-Biden’s subsequent responses. With the Olympics officially over, let the political games begin!

I’ve tried to do my due diligence over the past few days to research who exactly Ryan is as a politician and a person (Did you know he’s an avid “noodler” and enjoys making his own sausage?). I thought it prudent to share some of these readings with you. If you have some free time in the coming days or weeks to read up on Mr. Ryan, I’d encourage you to do so. As an individual constantly striving to be informed, I’ve already greatly benefited from these reads, which you can find below.

And because I freak for political humor, I’d also encourage you to check out Funny or Die’s “10 Possible Romney/Ryan Campaign Slogans.” Political junkie or not, I promise you won’t be disappointed.