I know you; you’re one those swing voters: you’re clueless, apathetic and every 4 years you determine the fate of the free world.
Standup economic comic, Yoram Bauman. (Watch video).
These past few months I’ve been busy with many things, but occasionally I feel pangs of guilt about not blogging enough about politics. I’ve been on the correct side about all the major issues over the last decades, but really how hard is it to be correct these days? All you need to do is to examine the current Bush policy and adopt the opposite position. Maybe the problem is simply that people need to stop affiliating with political parties and start affiliating with policies. Here in Texas I have many moderate friends who voted for Bush instead of Gore in 2000. Many who did so were not highly politicized (aside from the fact they hated abortion and presidents who received blowjobs). They voted instead for the party which made them feel most comfortable with their values. As Frank Rich wrote,
It was always the White House’s plan to coax us into a blissful ignorance about the war. Part of this was achieved with the usual Bush-Cheney secretiveness, from the torture memos to the prohibition of photos of military coffins. But the administration also invited our passive complicity by requiring no shared sacrifice. A country that knows there’s no such thing as a free lunch was all too easily persuaded there could be a free war.
Instead of taxing us for Iraq, the White House bought us off with tax cuts. Instead of mobilizing the needed troops, it kept a draft off the table by quietly purchasing its auxiliary army of contractors to finesse the overstretched military’s holes. With the war’s entire weight falling on a small voluntary force, amounting to less than 1 percent of the population, the rest of us were free to look the other way at whatever went down in Iraq.