The Daily Show really summed up my frustration with this election and my growing cynicism with the democratic process:
|The Daily Show With Jon Stewart||Mon - Thurs 11p / 10c|
|Midterm Teapartyganza - Indecision 2010 - Negative Campaigning|
(Transcript, in the event that they take the video down)
(Larry and Aasif, both wearing shirts that read: "Team Negative")
Larry: ... Aasif was supposed to be Team Positive, but clearly my opponent couldn't even handle the simple assignment of picking out the right shirt. (In a mock-political campaign ad voice) Aasif Mandvi — can we trust him?
Jon: (laughing) Oh, I see what you're doing. You're exemplifying negative campaigning! This is a cute... (gestures to Aasif), uhh, you go, Aasif. This is cute.
Aasif: Larry Wilmore fucks chickens. Larry Wilmore is a chicken-fucker. And, from what I understand, the sex is not always consensual.
Jon: Well... I mean, to be fair to Larry, is chicken sex ever really consensual?
Really, the whole clip is great. It's one of the reasons why, even if PZ didn't, I fully supported the Rally to Restore Sanity — The political "discussion" that's going on between politicians seems to be nothing more than empty, unfounded, loud emotional appeals.
(There's a really great write-up about the rally here, for those of you like me who weren't able to go)
I don't have years and years of experience with the political world I live in, so I hardly feel like I can make any authoritative statement on the way things should be. But can we please get more politicians out there like Obama who, instead of only badmouthing their opponents, stand up and say, "Here's why you should vote for me."?
Or, more simply, wouldn't it be great if we all could've walked into the polling place to vote for someone, instead of for not-Whitman or not-Brown?