Rachel Watches Chilling and Soul-Crushing Videos So I Don’t Have To

Filed under:Jerks,Language Barrier,Not Cool,Politics — posted by Anwyn on October 14, 2008 @ 8:54 am

Reading this makes me uneasily rethink my disagreement with something like this.


  1. It seems to me that our media outlets have successfully reduced the election to “brands.” So it comes as no surprise (to me) that people will throw their support to whatever brand they like, regardless of what the brand actually represents. (“Obama sounds like Osama.” “McCain is, like, old and stuff.” “Dude, those Adidas are weak-ass shoes. Get some Nikes, bra”). I’ve often compared the modern political process to the promotion of sports teams, but that no longer works for me. I’ve seen much more intelligent discussion on TV about the merits of this or that franchise in the NFL than I have about the our current presidential candidates.

    My hope is that the uninformed potential voter (of any political bent) will also be uninformed as to the arrival of November 4th. Let’s start a whispering campaign: “Don’t forget to vote on November 12th!”

    As for graded voting weight based on wealth? Um. No. Wealth might indicate industriousness but not necessarily wisdom.

    My $0.02 (leveraged by a no-down-payment loan on which I have just defaulted; the bank having recently been bailed out at the approval of both presidential candidates. Socialists, indeed.)

    Comment by Allen — October 14, 2008 @ 9:47 am

  2. But it’s not based on wealth, it’s based on taxes–i.e. if you don’t pay any, you don’t have a voice in deciding how they’re spent. I am completely against the “more taxes, more votes” thing, but am receding a little from my strong disagreement with the main concept.

    I’m keeping in mind Rachel’s comment about political comprehension tests as well.

    Comment by Anwyn — October 14, 2008 @ 9:52 am

  3. I really wish I was surprised by the Stern thing.

    The Starship Troopers thing really cuts to the heart: “Service Guarantees Citizenship”

    I’m behind that certainly.

    Comment by Mike Wilson — October 14, 2008 @ 9:57 am

  4. the first order of business for a rebuild of real conservatism is to understand and accept that the LEFT. DOES. NOT. CARE.

    nothing – not proof, not information, not words from their idol’s own mouth – will serve to engender the merest Lib/Socialist wobble in their beliefs. it is a wasted effort to engage the Left in any discussion, debate or argument.

    thus, the Left must be IGNORED completely and the reconstruction of this nation must happen without them and in spite of them.

    conservatives must take the long view – neither a conservative president, a conservative congress nor conservative scotus (or all three at once, for that matter) can quickly turn around the devolution of society.

    as a patriotic effort to save this nation, conservatives must re-infiltrate all the corners of society from which the Left has banished reasoning human beings.

    for instance, conservatives hold a very dim view (and rightly so) of the brain power of our nation’s teachers. but our schools are the front in our war for the minds of our children. so a massive influx of conservatism into our public schools is a great start.

    as our children go, so, inevitably, goes our society.

    the long view. something socialists have perfected.

    Comment by ~ShyAsrai — November 18, 2008 @ 9:09 am

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