Get Out and Vote!

Plinky asked, “When was the last time you vot­ed in an elec­tion? Will you vote this year?”

Elec­tion 2012 but­ton

I vot­ed in a coun­ty ref­er­en­dum regard­ing a one-cent sales tax a few months ago. I vote in every elec­tion, so of course I’ll vote this year. Why wouldn’t I vote? Men and women have died to win me that right, and I would be will­ing to fight and die for it as well. I’m not so fool­ish as to waste a chance to have my say in impor­tant mat­ters whether at the coun­ty or nation­al lev­el.

The pres­i­den­tial elec­tion is espe­cial­ly impor­tant, because of the GOP’s war on women and the fact that I find San­to­rum espe­cial­ly insane. Rom­ney seems the best of the Repub­li­can evils, but that isn’t say­ing much. I’d much rather see Oba­ma re-elect­ed than any of the Repub­li­cans in office. It’s obvi­ous that most of the oppo­si­tion to the Pres­i­dent is based on racism, pure and sim­ple, which is an ugly, ugly thing (but not sur­pris­ing to this life­long south­ern­er).

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David Mamet and Political Views

There’s an essay over at The Vil­lage Voice that you want to read before it goes away:
“Why I Am No Longer a ‘Brain-Dead Lib­er­al’ ” by David Mamet Here’s a brief excerpt.

This is, to me, the syn­the­sis of this world­view with which I now found myself dis­en­chant­ed: that every­thing is always wrong.

But in my life, a brief review revealed, every­thing was not always wrong, and nei­ther was nor is always wrong in the com­mu­ni­ty in which I live, or in my coun­try. Fur­ther, it was not always wrong in pre­vi­ous com­mu­ni­ties in which I lived, and among the var­i­ous and mobile class­es of which I was at var­i­ous times a part.

And, I won­dered, how could I have spent decades think­ing that I thought every­thing was always wrong at the same time that I thought I thought that peo­ple were basi­cal­ly good at heart? Which was it? I began to ques­tion what I actu­al­ly thought and found that I do not think that peo­ple are basi­cal­ly good at heart; indeed, that view of human nature has both prompt­ed and informed my writ­ing for the last 40 years. I think that peo­ple, in cir­cum­stances of stress, can behave like swine, and that this, indeed, is not only a fit sub­ject, but the only sub­ject, of dra­ma.

Some thought-pro­vok­ing stuff in there. It’s good to see some­one brave enough to change his views, and talk about it polit­i­cal­ly. Since I con­sid­er the Voice a very lib­er­al pub­li­ca­tion, it’s espe­cial­ly inter­est­ing to see the piece there.

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