In watching the behavior of all the voters of every stripe - the average American, the part of the blogosphere I inhabit, and the myriad of pundits, newsmen, commentators, and assholes that make up my stream of inforama - I am reminded of that age-old lesson I use on a daily basis in tech support, and regularly in my everyday life:
This becomes wholly apparent every four years as we struggle to decide who is the best-sounding and best looking candidate for president. Never mind qualifications. Never mind ideas. This year it's the "maverick" career politician who has had problems deciding which party he's in versus a Marxist freshman senator who held such prestigious jobs such as community agitator. The decision here is which candidate least falls under the description of "fucking clown shoes." It's like the old saying: Those who can do, do; those who can't do, teach; those too dumb to teach, get elected.
So how do we get saddled with these rejects from the private sector? Myopia.
Myopia is defined thus: : a lack of foresight or discernment : a narrow view of something. This pretty much describes why we can't pick a leader worthy of wiping our asses with half the time.
The electorate roughly breaks down this way: you have 20% on each side that are party loyal. Doesn't matter, they'll vote their party like red or blue lemmings, no matter what. You have 20% each side that are ideology-driven. They'll consider options when people fit into their ideology, but in a presidential race, they'll either vote with the lemmings or go third party if they're pissed enough. That's part of what happened in 1992 with Perot. So each side can count on about 40% unless they're a complete idiot or Walter Mondale. T hat leaves 20% that are really up for grabs (although this varies depending on how hard ACORN is working to subvert the election) Essentially, these people are so wrapped up in their half-assed little lives that whatever politician can promise them the thing they need most will get their vote. Ideology doesn't matter, their vision for the next 4, 8, 20 years doesn't matter, and their interpretations of the functions of the Constitution sure don't matter. What matters is goodies from the Washington tit.
Much of the debates, rhetoric, and campaign bullshit is directed toward that segment called either the "middle class," or the "working class," or the proletariat if you want to employ the old Marxist lingo here (and I do for obvious partisan reasons). In fact, this is the idea behind the effective idiocy of the class warfare strategery. This assfisted practice was most effectively employed during the Clinton administration, when ol' Bill would get some "regular person" to stand up so he could tell "their story" and, consequently, sell you his snake oil that way. It worked so well, in fact, that every dickhole since has adopted it.
So now we take the concept of rights and stretch them wider than Larry Craig in a bathroom stall with Barney Frank. We expand the government into a partial owner of a whole industry. We're considering throwing money at every problem known to man, woman, child, and transtesticled dog. And we keep adding money and bureaucracies and red tape to every single aspect of American life. And people are okay with this because it doesn't mean they have to be distracted from America's Got Talent (and government-subsidized lobotomies).
Back when the Founding Fathers were risking the noose to break away from England, they knew what they did to set up the country would reverberate through the centuries. And because they looked ahead to what mattered, they gave us a good foundation on which to build. Those that fought to protect this country, or keep it together, or to defeat an evil that threatened to consume the world did so not because they would get the GI Bill or some cool benefit from their Uncle Sam, but because they understood that we pay for freedom in blood. And the greatest of our leaders over the 225+ years of our existence did not give us stuff to make us happy, but told us what was needed so we could seek our own happiness free of the tyranny we have thrown aside.
It's time we remembered that. To be honest, if I were to base my vote on what would bring me the most benefits based on my financial situation, it would be a vote for Barack Obama. I put that in bold because, as I look through his plans and listen to his promises, The Marxist is pretty much guaranteeing a transfer of wealth through "tax cuts" that are really welfare checks. Considering my situation, I would get one of those checks. And with all the low income programs that would come online, I may end up getting some of that "affordable housing" despite the market mess.
But I can't vote that way. I have to consider what will make us free from the addiction to government largesse. I have to consider that we're piling up debt, we're failing to fix every problem Washington has caused, and I know my children are going to be looking back at this time when they grow up (as I do with the Carter years) and ask, "What the shit were you trying to do to our country?"
Now I freely admit that John McCain isn't really an answer and that my vote for him would only be a vote for the lesser of two evils. So I'm thinking about that third party option (and hoping I can get hold of ACORN's voter registrations so the passengers of the Titanic can vote third party with me.
Maybe our next great leader will hear this and get off his ass for 2012.