Thank Vishnu, Cthulhu, Thor, Hubbard, Osiris, Kali, and any other fictional character you may believe in! The election is finally over!
Actually, at the time I write this, many people are still wending their merry way to the polls in the vain hope that Chaos will somehow be averted by praying into a voting machine. Demoncrats are praying that they can kick out the rascals currently in power and install their own rascals. Repubelickans are praying that the Demoncrats can be held at bay for a little while longer … just long enough for the Rapture to take place. Everyone else is praying that, if they feed the slimy things a few votes, perhaps all the politicians will go away.
To quote Rudyard Kipling, “Once you pay the dane-geld, you never get rid of the Dane.” Feeding politicians votes in the hope that they’ll go away only makes ’em hungry for more.
Face it, kiddies: no matter who you vote for, no matter how intelligent and honorable they seem, no matter what promises they make, when they get to the Halls of Power they immediately transform into the soulless, tax-fattened imbeciles we are all familiar with from the nightly newscasts. All of them. Yes, even him. Him, too. And her. And especially him.
For those of you not familiar with South Park, you should be aware of the fact that EVERY election is a choice between a giant douche and a turd sandwich. There may not be anyone you wish to vote FOR, but there are certainly folks you may wish to vote AGAINST. Please do so. Repeatedly. If this does not suit you, consult some well-meaining fool (there are always plenty of them about) and ask him how he would vote. Then, vote the other way.
I would like to call everyone’s attention to a very good story which might have a solution to this problem. Read “Lone Star Planet“, by H. Beam Piper (originally published as “A Planet for Texans“) . Read very carefully the chapters where the author describes the political system employed on New Texas. THAT is the sort of political system we need in the US. There’s a very good quote in the story, which I will repeat here:
“Let government get rich and powerful, and it’s your master. Keep it poor and weak, and it’s your servant.”
Another good quote, this one from P.J. O’Rourke, says: “Giving money to politicians is like giving beer and car keys to teen-age boys.”
Lastly, head on over to Sky Fishing and read PrairieFlounder’s 4 Rules of Voting. It’s still not too late for you folks out on the Left Coast to make use of this rant and PF’s rules.
“You can choose a ready guide in some Celestial Voice.
If you choose not to decide, you still have made a choice!
You can choose from phantom fears and kindness that can kill.
I will choose a path that’s clear. I will choose Free Will!“