A Simple Test

The people have lost the drive to live.

I believe that the Republican party is working from this theory.

What else could possibly explain the selection and subsequent defense of the VPilf as Johnny Be Good's running mate?

Her lack of qualifications, lack of knowledge, obvious hypocrisy, and general unreadiness to lead this country should John "the Crypt Keeper" McCain keel over can only be seen as indicative that the Republicans believe that the American people no longer have the instinct to survive.

You see, the body politic is a simple creature, and normally it shies away from things which cause it pain without benefit. Over the last 8 years, the Shrub has pushed executive privilege to new and terrifying heights, hacked away at our civil rights, killed thousands of our soldiers in a meaningless, unwinnable war, watched fuel prices triple, and driven our economy to the brink of collapse. Now, the same party that put him in power is asking us to put another of their fold into office.

Seems like a no-brainer. I mean, the pain is obvious and there is no benefit - surely this animal has enough nerve endings left to move away from it, right? This guy and his friends have really fucked things up royally, and now we have a chance to get rid of them... yet Sunday's Rasmussen Poll shows that 46% of the nation would like 4 more years of the same.

I have long held that for many Americans, the choice between Democrat and Republican is about like choosing Coke or Pepsi. They seem about the same to most people - "it doesn't matter, they're ALL crooks," as my veterinarian told me just the other day when the hellpuppy was getting his shots. This kind of platitude usually leads to another, something about choosing between the "lesser of two evils."

This is not that kind of election. This, my friends, is a test.

If the people elect McCain, the Republicans will have proven that the political animal no longer has even the most basic survival instincts. We no longer even shy away from the most obvious harm - it's like giving them carte blanche to become the overt oligarchs our founding fathers feared so much. (I'm well aware that the country is already run by an oligarchy, but at least it's covert... one revolution at a time, ok?)

I hope we have enough collective nerve endings left to save ourselves.


Cerus said...


Mischief said...

I noticed my brother became a 'fan' of McCain on facebook... I'm so disappointed in him. I know he's fairly conservative, but I can usually count on him to think long and hard about things before making a choice. I may not agree with everything Obama says, but he's worlds away better than the corpse and his two barbies.

His Sinfulness said...

Michael Palin has my vote!

Your brother is in the military - many military people vote GOP simply because they assume the Republicans will give them a bigger budget. Ask him if he wants to spend 3 or 4 more tours in Iraq (or where ever else the Republicans might get us involved). That usually sobers them up a bit...

Regis said...

Ugh, the thinking that "they're all the same" is what got us into eight years of W-style presidentin' in the first place.

Don't you know that Democrats will raise your taxes? Or make everybody get an abortion? Or remove your omnipotent deity from the realm of existence? Or wave a white flag to those towelheaded terrorists? My former coworker would get up in arms over any semblance of an accusation that the Bush-following Republicans were playing the "fear card," but I think the facts speak for themselves.

Like George Orwell said, "To see what is in front of one's nose needs a constant struggle."

Regis said...

Hey, I think we passed the test!


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