Why do the people on the left use humor so much more than the people on the other side? We have the Daily Show, The Colbert Report, Bill Mahr, and comic strips among other things. Maybe it’s because we have a sense of humor and if we didn’t laugh among all this insanity we would lose our minds. Maybe us laughing so much is the reason that we rarely assassinate anyone.
Something else I’ve been ruminating over is if it will ever be possible to truly support any kind of candidate (presidential, congressional, or even local) unless he is me, but then I’d probably be the only one voting for him (me). The reason for this is because no one will ever agree with me on 100 percent of the issues. Then the question becomes ‘which issues can I look past in order to have someone in power who agrees with most of my stances, and which issues are so important that no matter what his or her other beliefs are I cannot vote for this person?’ The reason I started thinking about this is because of Ron Paul; he would pull us out of Iraq and other foreign countries, he would not bomb Iran or anyone else who hasn’t bombed us first, he would spend a lot less money on the military and a lot more on things like education, and so on. However, he believes that each state should have the right to decide how they feel on abortion (while he is very anti-choice.) I picture him being president and I get happy when I see the United States as a Republic rather than an Empire, where there is less of a gap between rich and poor and everyone gets an equal education. Then I can’t help but wonder if we would truly be equal if women (more than half the population) didn’t even have the right to decide what goes on in their own body. Glenn Greenwald, as usual, writes about this topic much better than I do, so if you want to read more- check him out.
Yet another thing (no work or school for two weeks can do that to a person) that has been running through my mind like a property manager on crack is what to do about the president. Especially since I’ve been back east, everyone has been opening up conversations to me with “So, who are you going to vote for?” I honestly don’t know the answer. The frustrated part of me thinks that I should either not vote or vote for myself because – assuming my vote is even counted – it won’t matter anyway. All of the major candidates are the same, as I’ve said before. The way to change a system isn’t to just change the face, but to start a new one. However, lately I’ve been thinking that change has to start on smaller levels; we have to either elect third parties (or fourth or fifth parties) at local and then congressional levels first, or start ignoring the entire system and building one of our own. If this is the case, then – for now – we should just vote for one of the major candidates, someone that stands a chance. If I had to pick one of them, it would probably be Obama because he voted against the Iraq war and he seems to be the most honest. However, my rationale for not wanting him to be the nominee was because he’s black- not that I don’t want a black president, it’s just that I think a lot of people who normally vote Democrats (or even Republicans who were planning on voting Democrat this time) wouldn’t, simply because they are racist. The Anonymous Liberal points out that it may have a different effect; it may get a large amount of black and Latin voters off their asses and to the polls. It would also give the US a different face to the rest of the world, a brown face of someone whose parents aren’t from this country, showing that sometimes the US can actually be inclusive.
Just as I begin to think like the Anonymous Liberal, just as I start to think that maybe it will be OK to vote for a Democrat (for president only), they go and give Bush $70 billion more for his criminal war. This really makes me sick; each and every person who didn’t stand up and filibuster or try to place a hold on the bill has blood on his or her hands. The Republicans are pretty up front about the whole thing- they don’t care how many brown people (or US soldiers) die, they just want to make money, but the Democrats – the one’s who are supposed to care about everyone – are letting dozens of people die each day just so they will have an easier time getting the White House back in 11 months. I don’t know how I can bring myself to check the box next to the Democrat and not feel like I just butchered an Iraqi child (or raped someone in a storage container- remember that story, the one that got a half a day’s coverage?). Furthermore, does it even matter if we vote when there are Republicans like this running around?
It’s going to be hard for the Republicans to steal the election this time around because of the overwhelming outcry for change. I think it’s pretty safe to assume (as safe as it can be in such a corrupt culture) that the Democrats will take control of power. Maybe – after murdering a few hundred thousand more innocent people – they will find a way to end the war. Maybe they won’t bomb Iran or North Korea or Venezuela or… However, they will do nothing to stop the insane torture being inflicted on many, many innocent people in our names. They will do nothing to stop the building of the world’s largest base in Iraq. And even ending the war will do nothing to help the refugees; in fact, it may even make it worse. Despite all of this, I still think (today) that voting for a Democrat might be OK, as long as we’re working to change things on the local level with our eyes on changing the entire system.