Wednesday, October 10, 2012

When Worst is First

It has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except all the others that have been tried.

- Sir Winston Churchill

Election Day is the first Tuesday following the first Monday in November.  The First Wednesday following the first Tuesday in November, 2012 shall be November 7.  Twenty-eight days from today.  Four weeks.  As a collective, we the people of these United States will awaken twenty-eight mornings hence having made some rather substantial, weighty decisions one day earlier.  While it is the exception - 2000 - that proves the rule, as a general rule we the people know when we awaken on "the day after" who shall be our next President of the United States. 

Other than hoping like hell that the good people of Michigan elect Bridget Mary McCormack to the Michigan Supreme Court, I do not use this space - and shall not - in an effort to influence a single person regarding which candidate for whom he or she should vote.  Regardless of one's taste in shoes, I have not walked a single step wearing those of anyone but myself.  I care more that any and all who are prepared to spend a considerable amount of energy - and in far too many cases vitriol - every day between November 7, 2012 and November 9, 2016 bitching about the form of government we are living under, actually spend the time on November 6, 2012 participating in the process.  And more importantly, that they spend at least a modicum of time between this day and Election Day educating themselves as to the issues.

Remember too whether your horse is the blue horse or the red one you are not compelled to get all of your information about your horse, the opposition horse and/or all of the other horses in the field through vented spleens with lips such as Hannity, O'Reilly, Olbermann or Matthews.  There are too many good sources of information available to you and I to count to waste time with the Lords of Douchebaggery on either side of the two-party aisle. 

Your horse - regardless of pigment - has a mouth.  If you are looking for a ready-made starting point for your investigative pursuits, might I suggest that you begin your quest for information about what the chief combatants think and say here or here or - if you are feeling particularly disagreeable - here.   

Before you go to any of those places, spend a moment at Schoolhouse Rock.  I realize that it is not Saturday morning and you are not wolfing down bowls of Crunch Berries while watching a Scooby-Doo marathon or the latest Looney Tunes.  That does not mean that you cannot learn something anyway....

And time permitting, give this one a once-over as well.  You may very well end up humming this tune the rest of the day. 

As if that would be a bad thing?


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