"Pilate saith unto him, What is truth? And when he had said this, he went out again..."

Location: Tampa, FL, United States

Tuesday, September 21, 2004

An admonition to vote

A common fib by politicians on both sides of the aisle occurs when they encourage you to get out and vote on election day, without specifically requesting that you vote for them. It sounds heartfelt but in reality the hope is that the listening audience is primarily comprised of their people, and that they'll get out and vote. Not the other guy's people.

What if Abu Mussab al-Zarqawi and Osama bin Laden came on Al-Jazeera television and announced Al-Qaeda to have democratized. And, they were the ones running for "president." (Getting off subject for a moment, when did the press start referring to Fidel Castro as President of Cuba? ... President?) If they both said it's important to vote would you believe them? Of course not. These men don't care about the process. They care about beheading "infidels." Likewise, our politicians generally care about winning more than they do about furthering the process. Since when did anyone spend millions of dollars to win a job that pays pennies in comparison to further a process?


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