Apr 22, 2008

Choose One? False Choice.

This post will not be news to the few and faithful readers, but I'm going to post again to pile on about how annoying it is to be around otherwise fairly smart people who have been wholly co-opted by this false set of "choices" presented to us in the corporate duopoly (hat tip, Chedda) in which we reside.

Basically (stop me if you've heard this one before) I was at a nice dinner with some folks, as a bit of a send-off before we graduate. Somehow, the Pennsylvania results came up, and someone asked me who I was supporting. When I said "still deciding between Nader and Mckinney," I got dumped on. "ohhh - you're voting for McCain" and "We saw this with Bush in 2000." I wanted to be quiet, I didn't want to engage. But it's just not easy.

"My people come from a country with 500 political parties, so I'm okay with breaking out of the so-called two-party system we have here." End good night out with decent people. This is why it's getting harder and harder to mix "progressives" with "radicals."

2 comments:

thecheddarbox said...

"My people come from a country with 500 political parties, so I'm okay with breaking out of the so-called two-party system we have here."

Ahahahah, great great answer. It's really true though, this election is making me see the distinction between progressive and radical.

If you haven't already, check out Michael Moore's article on why he's voting for Obama...but still hates the Democratic Party. He makes some great points.

http://michaelmoore.com/words/message/index.php?id=225

Rage said...

Thanks Chedda. It's painful, really. I mean, I guess I understand people who come from the "Nader has a tremendous ego" perspective, but you know, I think it's just the new angle to try to take him apart. And some piece of it is that they are so scared, so terrified of having a repeat of the last 8 years or worse (who isn't, really) that they will follow blindly. I'm not there. I just can't be.

I'll check Michael Moore's piece out. It may help me to think about some of this. Though he isn't the favorite of the so-called left either.