The view from the couch: Independent idiocy



One reason why there is a race to the bottom and campaigns are so idiotic is that politicians and their advisors are trying to appeal to the so-called independent voter.It sounds so thoughtful, the "independent" voter.I vote for the person, not the party.Give me a break! Independent voters are largely the folk who don't know their own self-interest, are swayed by ephemeral nonsense, and, by and large, have mush for brains.These are the sort who carry the signs at Tea Party rallies saying Keep the Government's Hands off My Medicare.

Let's go with the so-called bases of both parties, thirty percent of each, Republican and Democrat, which leaves forty percent. (And this is just the crowd that actually votes.) Ten percent of that mass are perennial third-party hopefuls, and the remaining thirty percent is a mixed bag of the undecided.And they are undecided about a lot of things.Who am I? What am I? Where am I going?These people are full of philosophical quandaries.

So now, not two years into the Obama administration, they are demonstrating their seasonal discontent by voting against the Democrats. Throw the bums out.For these savants, the Ralph Nader gospel has been thoroughly embraced: that there is no difference between the two major parties.That they are the same.

But, though Nader is loath to admit it, there is a difference between the two parties.That difference we certainly saw, thanks to Ralph Nader's third party run in 2000, throughout the George W. Bush years.Al Gore would not have us still (or ever) in Iraq or Afghanistan.Be that as it may, the voting public, at least the independent branch, can't seem to detect a difference between the two major parties.

The economy sucks, except for corporate chieftains and CEOs, big banks, the military-industrial complex, etc., and that is enough reason to dump Democrats, goes the refrain of pundit land and the independent voter.A lot of the folks who lost their houses are Republicans, who bought into the flip-your-house mania, the get-rich-quick world of the housing bubble.Now they don't want to turn their anger against themselves, they turn it against Obama.And we'll see by the morning of November third how much damage this misdirected rage has wrought.

It's easy to be angry about the Health Care bill, since neither the left nor right is happy with it.The Health Care industry itself ran its double game, getting Obama to play along with them and then still have the audacity to attack him after they got most everything it wanted.The Health Care industry and its lackeys in Congress are showing us all how to have your cake and repeal it too.

Those who say it would be good for Obama to have a Republican-controlled House don't seem to have any historic memory.The last Democratic president who had divided government had a do-nothing second term, while the House of Representatives impeached him.

In Washington, D.C., à la Ralph Nader, those who work on Capitol Hill don't use the terms Republican and Democrat.They use the terms minority and majority.That's how people identify themselves, whether they work for the majority or the minority.That's what is important there.Currently, the Democrats are the majority.If, after the smoke clears, they no longer are, good luck to us all.Though hard to believe, it can get worse.If, as a nation, we get the electorate we deserve and, if the conventional wisdom (not mine) about a Republican sweep occurs, we deserve the worse we get.


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