More Than a Feeling

I'm a bad Republican. In fact, I decided I hate politics. It's not that I'm completely unaware of what's going on, it's more like I'm not interested and very disillusioned.

The reason for this disinterest is, in part, because I'm a college student. I'm going through a very selfish stage right now. I'm 21 years old and my main focus is not on world affairs but rather on finishing school and having fun in the process. I want to enjoy my life before I have to make that dreaded jump into the "real world."

This brings me to the point I would like to make this week: I don't care about politics and I'm a selfish college student, but that doesn't make me a bad person. Every time I ride a LIMO, someone always recognizes me and tells me my columns are not very good, because I don't write about anything important. I ask you, drunk boy on the LIMO, what is important to you? Obviously alcohol is important, or you wouldn't be so intoxicated. Having a good time seems important to you as well, so why are you telling me that I don't write about anything important when I'm using this space to point out what was so important to you on Saturday night?

I guess you could say I write about life issues. I point out important things in the college life, like people with poor fashion sense (please put the shorts away until at least May) and the entertainment world. I mean, based on everything I notice about this campus, materialistic and light subject matter is more important and interesting than politics. I'll take "Access Hollywood" over "Crossfire" any day, but that doesn't mean what I care about isn't important because it's not necessarily educational or enlightening.

I know my political opinions aren't going to change the world. That's why I don't write about them. Rather, I write about things most people can relate to (like drunks on LIMOs), so we can realize the universality of the college experience. This is supposed to be a selfish time. Yes, we are the future and it is important to be aware of what's going on in the political world, but I'm willing to bet its not on the forefront of most people's agendas. I'll take an in depth discussion about movies, music and pop culture over a debate about Bush's foreign policy anywhere anytime. And I'll take a heated debate about the necessity of a student activity fee over a heated debate about the war in Iraq.

It's not that I don't care, but I would be lying if I said any of that was important to me. What is important to me is relating to the student body in a way that doesn't inspire three weeks of backlash Viewpoints. I'm a columnist, for crying out loud. Not all columnists are political. Relating to people — not polarizing them — is what's important to me. Is that good enough for you, drunk boy on the LIMO?