Punchinello’s Chronicles

October 24, 2008

Closing in on the Dopes

Filed under: Surely a Jest? — Punchinello @ 11:22 pm
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Well, we’re finally and at last coming to the end of one of the most tedious, annoying, meaningless, and ridiculouos presidential campaigns in living memory. From the primaries to the November election, it’s been an ocean of repetition and really poorly done nonsense.

The primaries were important, but hardly told us anything about anyone. Even so, and despite losing some very good candidates, we’re where we are with Obama and McCain.

I understand the case for “undecideds,” even though anyone who at this point is undecided is an idiot. They’re an idiot because this election, as have been the previous few, will help determine the future of the United States. It’s fundamentally important, despite the hopeless gridlock and polarization between conservative and liberal ideology.

For the past several elections, we’ve had to choose the lesser of two evils. Our politicians and their controlling committees are so utterly out of touch with reality, that we, the American people are stuck with crap. We’ve chosen to be stuck with that crap not only in politics and governance, but in our shopping and much of the other things in life.

This time, though, we don’t even have a choice. It’s not about lesser of two evils. It’s about two candidates that have no real connection at all to the basics of everyday life. Both candidates offer opportunities by the other party for name-calling, labels, and lies. None of the name-calling, labels, and lies have any real basis in fact or truth, and today’s “undecided” voters could care less.

At the same time, a key question in everyone’s mind is whether or not a concerted, global effort is under way by terrorists to literally bring down the entire United States as a nation. Maybe a third of the population believes this is all a hoax, a lie, or propaganda for the purpose of taking over the country.

Two thirds of the population is aware that America faces a deadly threat by radical Islamic extremists and fanatics. Alright, so if we’re divided half-and-half by ideology, but 66-33 on radical terrorism, then SOME people are stuck having to make a decision based on that potential for deadly war.

The rationale by these so-called undecideds is that they really can’t determine “yet” whether it’s better to vote for what they consider a nutcase like McCain, who does seem more prepared to defend the nation. Or, should they vote for an Afro-American showcase to equality and “the end of racism,” but who can’t make a decision about anything at all.

What does it matter? They’re ultimately going to vote on a “feeling” when they enter the ballot box. It’ll be a last-minute intuitive guess, based on nothing at all other than how things seem to feel at that last moment.

Whatever “compelling” statement they heard 10 minutes before entering the polling place, that’s what they’ll remember. And remembering it means it must be true. Reality is whatever happens to be in their mind at the moment.

And so both parties in these closing days of the election focus more and more on lies, hyperbole, racism, bigotry, stereotypes, superstition, magic, and the supernatural. To watch McCain and Obama, one would think we lived in Hobbitland, Narnia, or a lunatic asylum.

We do, in their estimation! Not because most of the population is stupid; they’re not. Most people can make decisions, can make assessments, know how to analyze, are skilled at critical judgement, and have a firm grasp of reality. Many people understand economics, tax policies, military defense, and social engineering.

It’s the people who can’t function in reality, who can’t make up their minds, and who live totally on momentary feelings who will decide this election. As such, it makes complete sense for the two parties and candidates to descend to the lowest common denominators and gut-level prejudices.

This is classic mob psychology. We’re witnessing a critical turning point in the history of both America as a nation, and the world at large. We’re at the matrix point where we move forward or regress to primitive tribes. And precisely at the point where exceptional judgement, wisdom, and information are critical, none of these will matter one iota.

Historians (if there are any left) will look back on this election, and perhaps the next ones if we can’t get it straight. They’ll analyze and study, write learned books, and wonder at the insanity of the turn of the century. Just we do the same looking back on the early years of the 20th century.

Economists, including Mr. Greenspan, have held as axiomatic that a large group of average people will produce better judgement and wiser decisions than a small group of skilled people. Romantic philosophers have developed proofs and reasons why the consensus is “smarter” than an educated few. And the result has been crash after crash in the world’s and national economies.

Everyone has a right to their opinion, but not every opinion is worth something. Unfortunately, in a democratic process, stupid opinions are valued equally with intelligent opinions. Wild guess opinions count the same as informed opinions. Add to the mix the total schism between those with thoughtful opinions, and we’re left with only the votes cast by those whose faith lies in wild guessing.


1 Comment »

  1. I liked your take on democracy!!!

    Destination Infinity

    Comment by Destination Infinity — October 27, 2008 @ 3:38 am | Reply

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