Wednesday, May 09, 2012

Actually, They Have To Speak Up To Be Heard Over The Voices In Their Heads

Frequent reader(s) of this blog know the glow of a bright future is usually due to the destructive fires of disappointment...erm...we mean know that in a democracy debate, deliberation and consensus are the three pillars of a healthy society. Each side makes its case, the voters evaluate the strength of the arguments, cast their votes and whosoever receives 50% plus one or more support is free to set course for the ship of state...until the next time. This is why democracies are never done and require constant attention and care.

Apparently though, some have not gotten the memo:
A Chippewa Falls man who repeatedly tried to block his estranged wife from driving to the polls Tuesday was hospitalized with head, neck and back injuries when she struck him with her sport utility vehicle.
OK, so we're thinking here's a gentleman with not a whole lot of faith in the electoral process, and also not much math acumen as he couldn't figure out that his wife's vote wouldn't matter because it would be cancelled out by his thus leaving the results of the election outside of his immediate control. Unless of course he thought his was the deciding vote in the issue, which would indicate certain personality traits that might have contributed to the apparent demise of their marriage.

Of course sometimes asserting your husbandly authority over the old ball and chain isn't enough and it is necessary to use your vote for broader purposes.
The challenges President Obama may face in November’s election were made crystal-clear in West Virginia during Tuesday night's Democratic primary, where a man behind bars racked up a sizable chunk of the vote.
In the defense of those who voted for the felon though, we have to say that he is at least white.

Now, some of you may be thinking that the problem may be structural here and we would imagine you point to a certain voting block' we say challenges with basic rhetorical skills, and while we are generally loathe to assign characteristics to an entire group of people (fair and balanced like Fox News, that's us) in this case we think you may have a point.
A story bubbled up in the right-wing media suggesting that the White House requires "that unborn children get security clearance" if their parents want to tour the building.
Perhaps someone at one of these media outlets thought the Alien movies were documentaries and just had the president's well being in mind. Hey come on, that makes about as much sense as the White House thinking fetuses could be suicide bombers.

Well, while there may be certain...ah...quirks in the system, by and large it works and when a candidate gets all the way to office we can assume that he or she is well steeped in the philosophy of democratic principles and well able to enter into the give and take of American politics.
Well, what I've said is that I certainly think bipartisanship ought to consist of Democrats coming to the Republican point of view. [...] Bipartisanship means they have to come our way [...] To me, the highlight of politics, frankly, is to inflict my opinion on someone else with a microphone or in front of a camera.
Ah, government by decibel level. If you need us we'll be in the bedroom packing for Belize.

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