Last month, when Obama was way ahead in the polls, a friend asked me if I thought the election would be close this year.
“Of course it’ll be close,” I replied.
“How is that possible that someone like John McCain might win?” He asked incredulously.
“Here is a little history lesson: Thirty years ago news divisions on television were a public obligation of media companies. Twenty years ago, those rules were changed. Ten years ago, news became profit-making divisions. Now they have a vested interest in making it close and who gives a fuck about the country.”
And sure enough, despite the most sickening display on selfish unAmerican flag-waving Constitution-burning, I’ve ever seen on television, the news calls black-white, the polls invert:
…and the most accurate prediction of elections closes in to a statistical dead heat:
Just because I knew it would happen doesn’t mean I like it. After the collapse of our financial markets, I know what you’re doing and I’m tired of your reindeer games. It’s not fun watching a mass brainwash of this country and this world doesn’t give a crap of the desperate “win”s some people need to rack up to avoid an accounting of the horrors they have visited on the it.
When people like me have to bother to register to vote, you know you fucked up this country—I’m registering to vote today.
The reason I’m on this rant is because I was a guest somewhere recently where some husband cut off someone else mid-sentence with the admonition: “No Politics.” I was itching to say what a sanctimonious sack of shit he was being, but since I was a guest, I held my tongue.
Think about it, have you ever met someone who orders others not to talk about politics who isn’t expressing it from a position that they are better than you because they don’t engage in political debate?
Now at this stage, I figure there is a 7 in 10 chance that someone saying that actually agrees with me politically. But there is also a 10 in 10 chance that someone saying that being a tool that enables others to put us in the hole we are in now.
Don’t agree with me politically, but don’t let that get prevent you from thinking or expressing your thoughts either.