A place to rant about politics, the media, and especially the electorate. Much like alcohol, the electorate is both the cause of, and the solution to, all of America's problems.

Location: Seattle, Washington

Friday, September 24, 2004

You ARE the weakest link - hello!

There are a number of reasons why it's unlikely that anyone will read this blog for any substantial amount of time, but my repeated harping on the foibles of the electorate is likely to be one of the more important ones.

I just caught a piece of a CNN interview with a small gaggle of PA voters, and was saddened. Yet again. Here are a few of the comments I recall, along with my glosses.

contra Kerry: don't have a connection with him

So fucking what?!?!? When the hell did you get so important that "having a connection" became a requirement for being a good POTUS? Christ.

contra Kerry: he bores me

So fucking what? Or better: GOOD! He has to deal with POLICY, the entire field of which probably bores you! He'll be taking care of stuff so you don't have to, you illiterate uncurious hick!

This idea that the POTUS has to be, should be, or is better off being entertaining has got to be one of the most idiotic things I regularly hear from the public. But rather than only bitching about it, I'll be helpful. Here's a list of characteristics that suffice to make a good POTUS. Of course other characteristics could be added, but these are enough for a solid basis. They're in no particular order.

Intelligent. Educated. Experienced. Honest. Has integrity. Patriotic. Compassionate. Dedicated. Tough. Fair. Realistic.

There. These would suffice for a fine POTUS. Entertaining is nowhere - nor should it be. I won't bother going into how many of these qualities Bush has (none) vs how many Kerry has (all). Ok, so I lied....

contra Bush: always has a smirk

In case the reader didn't already know, I'm surely one of Bush's biggest critics. I'm solidly of the opinion that he has done literally nothing right since stealing the election. Which makes me hate this comment. If, after all the crap that Bush has put us through, the worst thing you can say about him is that you hate his smirk, then you're just fucking stupid. Cmon guys.

just plain contra: don't really like either of these guys because they're politicians

Jesusfuckingchrist. Response1 (shallow): I'm with him. But moreover, I hate how only race car drivers drive race cars, and how only programmers program. Jackass. Response2 (more diagnostic): Presumably he hates the personality type POLITICIAN (cheating, money-grubbing, etc). I do too. There's a reason they exist though. BECAUSE AN IDIOT ELECTORATE VOTES FOR THEM. And the reason they vote for them is because they have idiotic criteria, or no criteria at all. If you want better candidates, start fucking voting for them.

I used to grudglingly respect Rove-type republican operatives. Although they are evil racist, sexist, corporate crony people, they at least know how to play the game that's called WIN. Now that I think about it a bit more, that respect isn't deserved. It's like shooting fish in a barrel, mobilizing our electorate is. Just say your opponent has a nigger baby, and you're in. Just say the other side is going to ban the bible, and you're in. To respect Rove-types on the grounds mentioned would require that Rove-types win in the presence of an intelligent electorate. This is nothing more than beating 3 year olds at chess. Sheesh. With voters like these, who needs Al Quaeda?


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