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To the Americans in the Audience

Okay, so CNN has a page here (Campaign Explorer) where you can see how much each of the presidential campaigns have spent, nationally and state-by-state. My sympathies to those of you in the battleground states. Here in Vermont, Obama has spent 0 dollars. Romney has spent 0 dollars. Of course we share television coverage with New Hampshire (5.46 million dollars Obama, 1.27 million Romney) so we are not campaign ad virgins, but still, I love living in a state that doesn't actively attract all than nonsense, because really, you guys, are any of you guys a dim enough bulb to base your vote on what you saw in one of those ads? I know people do, that they say the Willie Horton ad [Wikipedia article here] was a watershed. But you guys are all smarter than that, I know. You look at all the issues, and make up your minds based on facts and clearly stated positions, not emotional flim-flam, right?

I'm only going to say this once, people.

VOTE!


or loose your right to complain for the next 4 years.

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thothmes
Nov. 5th, 2012 09:22 pm (UTC)
Re: OBSCENE GOBS OF MONEY FOR POLITICAL ADS
Because we are so stupidly polarized. I heard a heartbreaking piece on NPR yesterday about friendships and family relationships that are ending because two people are on the opposite side of the red-blue divide.

There was the couple who would let their daughter live room and board free at home while she went to grad school, but only if she voted Romney.

There was the husband who told his brother-in-law (the two men married sisters) that if he voted for the other side (I don't remember which side he was on) that said that his brother-in-law would not be disinvited to family barbecues, but he will not be allowed to eat the food. He'll have to bring and cook his own.

A pair of sisters, once close, have refused to speak to each other at all. The conservative sister says that she views liberals as essentially selfish, because they want government to take care of the poor instead of wading in and helping the poor themselves, and this makes her furious at her sister because she knows that her sister is not selfish, so how can she be so selfish in her vote?

We are, as a nation, deeply polarized, and each side views the other as not just wrong, but disastrously, world-endingly wrong. This means that people are willing to put vast resources into defeating "the enemy".

Yeah. It's stupid. Yeah, it's wrong. We need to relearn the importance of compromise. It's time for us to relearn that if both extremes think a bargain stinks, it probably is the right thing to do, because it's a compromise. Right now compromise is a dirty word.

Learn from history people: We once knew that if we don't hang together we will all hang separately. Until we do learn this, we will continue to squander resources that are vital for building this country and solving our problems in hot air and noise!

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