Friday, November 16, 2007

A Short "Why I Hate Politics" Rant

I remember very clearly the day I became disillusioned with the political process.

I was in 8th grade, and the votes had just been tallied on our mock presidential election. I had been "campaigning" for George McGovern (yes indeed, I am that old.) Yet, inexplicably, Richard Nixon won our little Catholic elementary school poll.

Unfathomable.

What may be even harder to fathom is the way things have continued to degrade in the decades since. Our nation's political campaigns have been reduced to nit-picking, truth distortion and attack ads...

Political platforms have become piles of ambiguous bullsh*t on top of which our candidates precariously balance, dispensing meaningless rhetoric.

What is lost in sound-bite-ready quips is any real information voters can use to make an intelligent choice.

This particular rant is inspired by the current attack-the-front-runner syndrome going on in the Democratic race. Look...maybe I'm pro-Hillary, and that's why I'm annoyed. Maybe, I'm not pro-Hillary. I really don't know who I'm "pro" -- because everything that is presented to me comes across as just pure unadulterated bull.

I suppose there is real information out there if you search for it (via this wonderful internet thingie)...but the majority isn't going to bother, and the powers-that-be are not inclined to enlighten us.

Because it's all about spin. And that's a shame.

3 Comments:

At November 16, 2007 7:07 PM, Anonymous spencer said...

Isn't it a shame. I think what bothers me the most is what you said at the end, most won't bother. And anyone with a brain in their head knows this. The politicians definitely know - and seek to obfuscate the truth - truth is not good. Information is not good.

Think about it. When was the last senator to be elected President? I think you have to go all the way back the Nixon. Why? Because Senators have an actual record to examine and while experience should be a good thing, it ends up being a disadvantage.

See - you got me on a rant. And I didn't even make fun of you campaigning for McGovern. I thought I was old.

 
At November 16, 2007 10:08 PM, Blogger Tom said...

I got to meet George McGovern a few years back. I kept thinking, "Why the hell couldn't you have been our President instead of four (well, not quite) more years of Tricky Dick." And if I may reveal my current position, let me just say "Go Joe Biden!" Yeah, I'm a dreamer.

 
At November 29, 2007 2:19 AM, Blogger Merujo said...

W.C. Fields once said that all political contests should be decided by the candidates duking it out in a ring with socks full of manure. After more than a decade in DC, I couldn't agree more. ;)

 

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