Campaigning, vote haggling, mud slinging and all the joys of democratic elections are in full swing. You may have noticed today that Republicans blocked a bill slated to stop American companies from out-sourcing much of their labor. According to Democrats, this Durbin bill was a vital push for the economy and the still embarrassing unemployment rate throughout the country. According to Republicans, it was a vain effort to clinch votes in an uphill battle, arguing that many of the companies effected by the bill were merely going out of the country to try their hand at foreign markets, thereby creating jobs over here. Sigh...either way, nothing is getting done, as per usual. It's your typical playground rumble basically boiling down to who can make who look worse before the class chooses a winner. If both sides could spend a little more time fixing shit and less time promising to, this country would be in a much better place. But alas, the popularity contest draws nearer and nearer so out come the boxing gloves wrapped in sweet promises and slyly spun lies.
Meanwhile, the class is leaning on every left hook, enthralled in this superfluous dance of political giants. As a people, we have ahead of us a very important decision, a vital new chapter in the book that is our country's past, present and future. It is now that we should do our best to focus on key issues, ignore the childish put downs and tawdry remarks. When people wonder why our country is in the state it's in, I have only one thing to say: it's our fault. If you don't believe me, check this out.
Obama was in New Mexico today giving a town-hall style speech on the economy when all of a sudden a woman asks him about his Christian faith and abortion. Clearly these two subjects are WAY more important than the fact that our economy is the shittiest it's been since the great depression. Clearly.
She wanted to know about his faith in Jesus Christ as well as his stance on early and late-term abortions. It's too bad she didn't get a chance to ask about gay marriage. The voyeuristic tendencies of Americans to care more about a woman's vagina and who people are fucking in their free time, than the downfall of their country's economy is a never-ending source of dismay and disbelief for me.
The article that I read regarding this gave no mention of what Obama actually said about the economy. And why should it? He was only there to discuss the economy.
I seek in vain to find any mention of any of the real issues at hand. It's all bantering back and forth: he saids and she saids that culminate in one hellish day of supposed democracy being played out in the political equivalent of the village idiot contest. I'm willing to bet a kidney that come election day, the majority of Americans won't have the slightest clue who they're voting for or why. Is that a display of democracy? Is that our proud constitution at work? Is that what it means to be American? God, gays and aborted babies help us if it is.