Monday, November 05, 2012

2012 Voting-Booth Russian Roulette

In the last election I voted for Obama, not because I believed in him, but because I put my faith in the youth who supported him. He let us both down. I vowed never to vote again. Then Rebecca Solnit changed my mind. So I'll vote, okay? Now stop nagging me.
  • Should we pass a law requiring English-only signs to use correct English, even if the pendejo holding the sign is ignorant? Note the samples posted here.
Did mayor spell his name right?
  • Come election day, I have to decide between the lesser of two evils: Obama for four more years OR Romney for four to eight. You do the math.
  • Someone said they were less worried Iran might eventually have the atom bomb than they were Romney could have it two and a half months from now. Count the days and practice duck-n-cover, just in case.
At least this promises bilingualism.
  • In Colorado we might pass a referendum legalizing marijuana. That would at least make it easier to survive political ads of 2016. Cast your vote for sanity.
  • Why do so many people call my house asking how I'll vote? The election is a secret ballot. I tell that to pollsters and doorknockers, and they act like I'm spewing rocket science at them.
Illiteracy is bliss
  • How come there's nothing on the ballot about Arizona? Like making complicity with its anti-brown gov't a federal hate-crime?
  • I've been flying around Aztlán for a month. Why is it a federal crime to joke about airport security? What's not to joke about? I propose a federal referendum making it mandatory to joke about airport security. Best joke wins a free ticket to a land free of sheep and home of the not-so-paranoid. It would add mirth to the wasted time, the personal violation and anxiety. Is there a second to my motion?
No spelling bee, either
  • If the Demos and Repubs really wanted to win the latino vote, they would compete in habanero-eating contests and crossing-the-Arizona-desert-by-night marathons. Only survivors could take office.
Guess that makes it offical
  • How snugly does George Orwell's 1984 shoe fit us now? Start with the words of CIA Director William Casey: "We'll know our disinformation program is complete when everything the American public believes is false." (1981)
To refresh our memories: "Nineteen Eighty-Four is a novel by George Orwell published in 1949. It is a dystopian and satirical novel set in Oceania, where society is tyrannized by The Party and its totalitarian ideology. The Oceanian province of Airstrip One is a world of perpetual war, omnipresent government surveillance, and public mind control, dictated by a political system euphemistically named English Socialism under the control of a privileged Inner Party elite that persecutes all individualism and independent thinking as thoughtcrimes.
But it comes in two spellings
Their tyranny is headed by Big Brother, the quasi-divine Party leader who enjoys an intense cult of personality, but who may not even exist. Big Brother and the Party justify their rule in the name of a supposed greater good. The protagonist of the novel, Winston Smith, is a member of the Outer Party who works for the Ministry of Truth, which is responsible for propaganda and historical revisionism. His job is to re-write past newspaper articles so that the historical record always supports the current party line." Tally up your own count.
Y ya con la mierda política en la tele,
RudyG

2 comments:

Thelma T. Reyna said...

Thanks for reminding us of the famous novel, 1984. (I used to teach it to my high school students.) Totally amazing and at least a bit frightening how so much of that book has come true and/or is beginning to come true. One American political party takes us there more quickly and more deeply than the other, so we must resist it. Vote Democratic tomorrow!

Sandra Ramos O'Briant said...

Rudy, I'm glad I read this today or I would have been hounding you to vote! One of my FB friends actually got out and voted for the first time in 40 years. Last time was for McGovern and he's been disgusted with our system ever since. Kudos on the signs! What a collection of pendejos, but you know when Spain controlled New Mexico and Texas, they insisted folks speak Spanish and go Catholic. They restricted trade, too, at least in New Mexico and was part of the reason Mexico went independent. The world keeps spinning and peeps keep thinking the same b.s.