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ISSUE 120 VOL 12 PUBLISHED 2/23/2007

The ‘West Wing’ Is Not Real, Really

By Executive Editors
Executive Editor

Friday, February 23, 2007

I’ve been on a rather intense West Wing kick over the last three weeks. So intense, in fact, that I find myself, late at night, awake in bed thinking about the State of the Union speech President Jed Bartlett just gave and how it nearly brought me to tears. No joke, I am that emotionally invested – or unstable.

While watching CNN, I shake my head in disbelief as I sit powerless as the United States acts out in ways that many disapprove of. I compare the current state of affairs to the imaginary one created by “The West Wing” and I begin wishing that the situations were reversed.

This investment in an alternate political reality reflects on a few problems that I have not been able to face until now: I never got over the most recent presidential election or even the election four years prior, and, as a result, I have grown apathetic in regards to our country’s political status and its overall political future.

It is a sad moment when a person changes the channel when something “political” comes on the screen or on the radio, or turns the page and ignores a piece discussing current foreign policy or political candidates in the newspaper. Saddest of all, I often see eyes glazing over once the topic of the conflict in Iraq arises in conversation. However, I don’t think this is entirely our fault.

We’re all experiencing the same disillusionment with the politics of our country. The candidates we have the option of voting for are, frankly, never that great and none of us completely agree with the candidate we’re voting for. As a child, I grew up thinking that the President was the most qualified and amazing person in the universe. But it turns out he’s just another guy. I think that is where the true problem lies: our government doesn’t live up to the expectations that we are taught to expect when we are younger. And now, many of us make the conscious effort to tune out any sort of political discussion, because we no longer care or believe in the system.

This realization has moved me to dig into the current political campaigns and actually learn about each of the front running candidates whom I affectionately call “the Big Four”: Rudy Guilianni, John McCain, Barrack Obama and Hilary Clinton. I encourage you do the same, because it is always wise to be informed in this ever changing political climate – even if the elections are in a year.

To learn more about each major candidate and for opportunities to get involved, visit the corresponding sites:

Rudy Giulianni:

John McCain:

Hillary Clinton:

Barack Obama:

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