Tuesday, September 12, 2006

politicks

Primary day! Considering that I had little knowledge of and no personal investment in any of my local candidates, and that I wasn't sure I was even going to vote, I hit quite a high after pulling that level. Self-gratulation maybe. I fairly glowed with it.

Of course, I couldn't help but wonder how awesome I'd feel if I'd voted in a race that mattered. One race! Any race! Casey v. Santorum, DeWine v. Brown, Allen v. Webb! I mean, most of the time, I love living in a lefty area. If I needed the morning after pill, for example, I could be confident that I'd have access in a safe, well-lit pharmacy, probably for free, and to the soothing accompaniment of a string trio. But when it comes to casting a vote, MAN do I wish I could cast it in Missouri or Arizona, where it might conceivably make a difference.

My book group this evening discussed, at my suggestion, Baker's the Fermata, which is about a guy who uses his ability to stop time to fulfill certain fantasies. Not an uncontroversial book, and I was, to be honest with you, a little nervous as to how it would be received. I shouldn't have been: my book group rocks the Brooklyn casbah. One of the things we ended up discussing was what we'd do if we had the same power -- would we, for example, stuff ballot boxes?

One of the women, who has in her own words been increasingly radicalized lately, said why not. Especially if the other side is doing it. Couldn't it just be seen as keeping up with traffic?

I argued that by subverting democracy, ultimately, you'd lose even more faith in the system. And while going back to stuff ballot boxes in Germany 1933 would avert disaster, we're not facing a facism certain enough that immoral measures would feel worth it. At least not yet.

Basically the only legal (and physics-permitting) thing I can do is give money. I'm happy to do it, but I make under $30K a year; I have to be judicious. So where do I go? The TN race, where Ford looks ascendant, maybe? But could still easily lose? The PA race, just for the thrill of contributing to the ignominious defeat of that dumbquatty asswipe Santorum? Except I buckle internally, a little, at the idea of giving money to Casey (you know, THAT Casey). Somewhere else entirely? I'm open to suggestion.

5 comments:

Andrew Ironwood said...

Not that I'm a zealot fer either one of these guys (at least not yet), but Ted Strickland (Democrat running fer Guv'ner of OH) has a MySpace page you could check out, as does Doug Stanhope (who's not yet 'officially' running fer Prez in '08 as a Libertarian, but the campaign page *is* up...)

nate said...

Santorum can kiss my Missouri ass. I'd take even take boy Blunt over him. I wish Russert would projectile vomit all over his power tie, you know what I'm sayin?

ester said...

indeed, i do.

eva said...

is The Fermata by any chance as good as Click starring Adam Sandler?

s said...

or there's always the good ol' congress race in the swat district (all you swatties - vote!). the dem (sestak) actually has a fighting chance to beat weldon (republican incumbant). plus as far as i know he's actually cool.