Posted under: American history
“Gail, as you know, I spend most of my waking hours thinking about Human Greatness,” and contemplating bad public art at the same time. Because, you know Gail, until a President’s or treasonous general’s face is carved on a mountain, he’s just not that great.
She replies, “David, a long time ago my husband and I decided we’d have a vacation where we’d just go to places that had canals. After Bruges, Amsterdam and Venice, we sort of slacked off.” All those other canals full of human waste in India, Africa, Central America, and other colonized regions of the global South were kind of icky, David.
Who talks (or writes) like this? Oh, and did I mention: they wrote these sentences in an article in which they mull over the troubling character flaws of Barack Obama and John McCain! Can someone pass me that quart-sized mason jar of Pisco Sours now, and sober me up at Thanksgiving when this election is all over? Here’s one blogger who has packed it in, disgusted by the substance-free presidential campaigns and the even more trivial press coverage thereof (via TalkLeft). Four years ago, I gave thousands of dollars to John Kerry, a congressional candidate, and a candidate for the Colorado house, and volunteered for all three campaigns. This time around? Eh. The prospect of getting rid of George W. Bush was incredibly energizing for the Democratic Party, but sadly, most American voters were still too easily manipulated by fear four years ago. I also worked hard and gave away lots of cash in 2006, so it’s very disappointing that the Democrats we helped put in charge took impeachment “off the table” and have been happy to cooperate with Bush on most things that really mattered.
Bush is done in January, no matter who is elected in November, and he’s already crumpled up like a used tissue and ready for his layup into the dustbin of history. I’m not saying I’m completely apathetic about the outcome of the presidential election–I thought that those who made the argument in 2000 that Bush and Al Gore were the same and that it didn’t matter which one was elected were out of their minds, and we all have suffered because of the purist sensibilities of the Nader Traitors. But, I’m just not feeling the need to do much more than show up and vote this time around. How about the rest of you?