Dagdha's Blog

“Election Day” Musings

Posted in Uncategorized by dagdha on November 6, 2012

It’s finally over and I couldn’t be happier. The polls haven’t closed yet so I don’t know how I scored on my ballot bingo card. I’m just happy this shit-flinging economic piss match is almost behind us. The embarrassing behavior of politicians and their pimps, along with the vacuous substance of their agendas, has demolished the marginal international reputation we had managed to rebuild since America’s most infamous cowboy left the White House. Any enthusiasm I had for political discussion has disappeared under a thick fog of cynicism spewing from the assholes of undereducated partisan lemmings.

Regardless of who wins the presidency, the future looks resigned to economic and political slavery, which is why the Republicans have such a strong emotional foundation, one built on fear.  They’re afraid of losing their material superiority. They’re afraid of immigrants, homosexuals, and women. They’re afraid of disparate world views not found in their precious Bible. They’re afraid of equality.

For me this election was a no-brainer between Romney and Obama (sorry Johnson, next time). Despite my ever-growing collection of qualms with the President, I disagree on the most fundamental level with many of Romney’s views, particularly when it comes to civil equality. As a heterosexual, white, “Christian” male with a family history of controversial emigration and subsequent immigration, Romney has to be one of the least sympathetic people to elect if you care whatsoever about social justice. I know, because I have a very similar background, right down to his notoriously stubborn religion.

Progress requires holistic vision and self-sacrifice, two principles not found in the dogma of righteous self-interest, especially in a culture of immediate gratification provided by smart phones, social media, and unfathomable amounts of porn and other digital novelties. So for those more concerned with Facebook status updates, iPhones, and the Kardashians, than, say, basic human rights, Romney makes perfect sense.

Throughout this year I’ve been criticized as being too idealistic, notably by my father and twin brother (which is especially frustrating considering the latter doesn’t vote). They fashion themselves as political pragmatists but justify their views with the same kind of idealism, believing that Ayn Rand capitalism is the best available solution for our imperfect world. The key difference is that their idealism is steeped in pessimism, whereas, despite the sting of failure and disappointment, I strive to stay optimistic.

The historical greatness of America was built on optimism and the belief in a brighter future. If we give up striving for that kind of ideal, then we give up our greatness. Pessimism rarely achieves anything, just look at Eeyore from Winnie the Pooh. If all the animals in the Hundred Acre Woods had Eeyore’s attitude, it would have been a miserable fucking place to live. Christopher Robin probably would have passed the days drinking copious amounts of vodka until eventually dying from a heroin overdose after contracting AIDs from a hooker with a fetish for stuffed animals.

At any rate, I’m done blathering. I’m off to Target to stock up on booze and Furbies in case Romney wins.

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