Raison D’etre (now that’s what I call pretentious)

Hi!  My name is elenathehun, and this is my blog.  I’m starting this blog for one nakedly materialistic goal: I would like to win $10,000 by making first place in AFF’s College Blogger Contest.  Well, now that you know that much about me, I guess I should elaborate a bit more: I’m a freetrader, a hawk, and Jewish, and I call myself a neoconservative.  Socialist Workers of the World would call me a running-dog capitalist warmonger who takes marching orders from Israel.  That’s a little long, though, so they call me a neoconservative too.  We’re in agreement!  Enjoy it, ’cause it’ll never happen again…

Now, I’ve seen a lot of stuff online about a) how awesome Austin is and b) how awesome Austin is because it’s liberal.  I have to say that I disagree with the both of the above statements.  I think Austin is a perfectly nice town, but it’s certainly not awesome – and the parts that are good are generally not the “liberal” parts.  I’m sorry, homeless advocates, but I don’t think carrying pepper spray is awesome, and I wish I didn’t have to carry it.

Additionally, I am a student at the University of Texas.  Strangely enough, there is not nearly as much effusive gushing about the awesomeness of the university, but I guess it’s fashionable to bash your college these days, so I’ll be in good company!  My reasons for talking down UT are not the reasons of slackers everywhere – I don’t particularly mind reading a lot of textbooks and doing a lot of homework, but I do mind the fact that no matter what class I take, no matter what subject, the teacher always has to talk about why Republicans are evil, why our current president is a war criminal, and why the rest of the world hates us.  Can we please go back to discussing differential equations?

Now, with all that said, I guess I should finish off with what I hope this blog will be about: Texas politics, focused on Austin and the University of Texas.  Why doesn’t Student Health Services accept insurance?  Why is the school bureaucracy hiking tuition again?  Why can’t the police actually do their job and patrol?  All these questions – and more! – will be answered, after the commercial break.

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