|Guest Blogger V hasn't sent me any rants in a while so I'm stealing a particularly good comment from my first Unity08 post and promoting it to the front page. Enjoy:|
Good luck, Robb. I don't think it will work as it seems too contrived. But hey, it is an idea that is different from the status quo and for that reason alone it may have merit.Ah, freedom. That's the kind of rant that would get an immigrant deported in most others countries and more than likely soon will in this country too. (There are still almost two years left in the Bush Administration - they've gotta top them selves somehow!)
BTW, I am a bit puzzled by your defensiveness at being an independent. I honestly believe that no right thinking person could be completely aligned with either party in good conscience. I think you will agree that I am the most liberal person you know, and I don't automatically align with the Dems. The Dems are the better pick on many issues, but (sadly) thats really not saying much on many occasions. So I think independent is the ONLY way to go.
Getting back to the issue of rescuing the political system, the only true way to do that is to raise awareness in people. In a perverse way, we owe a lot to the Bush administration of the past 7 years for exposing, in the general public, the stunning level of ignorance of, and/or apathy towards, and/or even approval of, the outrageous rape of freedom and plundering of our coffers that these administrations have perpetrated. But heck even in the worst polls, about 30% of the people thought Bush was doing a "good job". 30 freaking percent. Thats 30% of the vote that will never align itself with intelligent governance or the country's good. The reasons for why this 30% thinks that way are immaterial for now (they are the keys to the long term, though). For now, the fact remains that an alarmingly large number of people are happy with the events of the past 7 years as orchestrated by W. And there's at least half as many more that are looking for some, any, even if feeble, reason to re-align themselves with the Decider. The governance of this country has been reduced to a Auburn vs Alabama or OSU vs Michigan mentality. You pick a side and support it fanatically. Even in the worst days of your franchise, you are strongly aligned to it and are waiting for a reason to believe that you were right all along.
Till we can stop that mentality from spilling over into politics, all other political approaches are just gimmicks.
Oh BTW, we need to get rid of the electoral college too.
Sorry to be such a Debbie Downer. [Editor's note: Bwa-bwaaa]
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