Aren’t We Great!

Despite my best intentions, I’ve given myself over to election year politics. I’ve steeped myself in all the comings, going and ins and outs, which is invaluable fodder for cocktail party conversations.  But since my invites to those parties fall somewhere between few, far between and never, my devotion basically has been an enormous waste of time.Ibernie][1]

It seems that politics has now become just another sport to watch.  Certainly, you would believe that if you follow the way political pundits “call the game”. To them, there seems to be no sense of the gravity of the ballgame. It’s all about wins and losses.

Well, that’s not exactly true; every so often there are moments that cause them to stop and consider the solemnity of the election process. I was watching the New Hampshire primary and a political pundit (maybe Chris Matthews . . . or possibly Joe Scarborough) was having an on-air orgasm about the beauty of American democracy as we witnessed voters lined up to cast their vote.

I don’t see it that way, not at all.  What you have is two very thinly populated, nearly all white states (Iowa and New Hampshire) having this outsized influence as to who gets the nomination in each party.  In other words, a non-diverse population that represents .0000000000000000001% of the country is determining who will be considered for becoming the Leader Of The Free World. Doesn’t sound like democracy to me.

And then . . . and then, after that usurping of the democratic ideal takes place, we’re left with a system (the electoral college) that ensures that the votes of some 75% of the population don’t really have an impact on who becomes president.  Only the voters in a handful of states that are up for grabs cast votes that have any significance. Isn’t our democracy wonderful!? Aren’t we great?

Like many of my friends, I’m scared witless about the prospects of one of the Republican yahoos being elected. There’s a lot of talk reminiscent of the Vietnam War era of relocating to Canada if that were to happen. But wait a second . . . isn’t Ted Cruz Canadian?  Jeez, talk about going from the frying pan into the fire!

 

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