Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Don't watch the American electoral circus

The American electoral process has turned into a low budget three ring circus ("low budget" in the sense of what we're getting, not the price of admission). At the moment we have three extremely wealthy Republican candidates Herman Cain, Newt Gingrich, and Rick Perry in the spotlight showing off their amazing qualities, including sexual deviance, arrogance, and ignorance. The highlight of the show is when they get together to "debate", i.e. shout soundbites at each other (when they can remember them). And we're all paying the IRS and our cable companies for this seemingly endless and degrading news stream, which does nothing effective but distract us from the very urgent social and economic issues we face, both at home and abroad.

My main point in writing is that the US presidential primary process is far too extended, and instead of improving our democracy it is cheapening it with irrelevant personal theatrics. And that mainstream news outlets are profiting hugely by selling the whole mess as a cross between and soap and a sitcom. People just have to stop buying tickets to this awful show.

So, be responsible. Switch your attention to the few news sources that don't profit from regurgitating this insidious tabloidesque garbage.

Talking 'bout my generation

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We are products of our age.

I was born in April of 1958, which puts me toward the upper boundary of the post WWII baby boom, a.k.a. a 'Boomer'.

I was with my mother in our station wagon in '63 when we heard over the radio that JFK was shot, then in again in '68  when Bobby was assassinated.

Too young to be drafted into the Vietnam war. Too old to register for one in the 1990s. ?


Civil rights movement.

Cold war. Nuclear proliferation.

When I was a kid there were no laptops, no iPhones,