Today I had every intention of talking about how stupid fedoras are but every time I try and talk about something else, somebody brings up the election and that depresses me again. My phone seems to ring endlessly and I’m constantly accosted by a recording for this candidate or that proposition and until those calls are added to the Do-Not-Call list, I’m going to be a little surly. The election can’t come soon enough for me and while many new voters are excited about the seemingly endless countdown the media absurdly provides…as if we can’t read a calendar, as a veteran of many ballot wars I sit here in a languid melancholy, a stupor really, as the days dwindle until I seal my fate for the next four years. I’ve always talked about politics in generalities for several reasons. In short, I don’t like any of them, I don’t think my opinion is particularly important and I’m embarrassed that we feel we have to take sides when they’re always just two sides of the same coin. But the real reason I’ve talked in generalities about the candidates is because they talk to me in generalities. At this point I’m convinced their heads would explode if they had to give me a specific answer. I watched, regretfully, three debates and for all their pomp and propriety, it still looked like I was watching a slap fight between two 10-year old girls. The salient point I’ve tried to communicate is that neither candidate can, or will be able to, convince 535 members of the House and Senate they know what’s best so why do they think they can make decisions for the other 280 million of us. So, in however many days…see, I refuse to be dragged into this countdown nonsense, we will choose between an old president with old ideas and a new president with old ideas. It’s like choosing between chuck steak and flank steak. You can eat them both but they’re hardly the best part of the cow. For you vegans out there, think turnip and rutabaga. National politics aside, in California we have propositions and all these propositions prove is that Sacramento is not the bastion of intelligent life we thought. I swear I tried to read them in order to be an informed voter. When I awakened from this poor man’s Ambien, I realized our propositions are probably the primary reason aliens don’t visit us and impart their knowledge. They’re convinced we’re hopeless. We actually have a proposition this year to abolish something we don’t use. Now, I don’t care whether you’re for or against the death penalty and while some may think it’s barbaric that we have one, even I know you don’t automatically get rid of something you don’t use any more. My wife has only worn her wedding gown once, but I’m pretty sure she has no plans to throw it away. We have another proposition that says it’s important I know what’s in my dog’s food but apparently doesn’t care that much about what I ingest. We have two that are using education to tug on our heartstrings, thinly veiling the tax increases we will incur. As absurd as you might think these are, none holds a candle to Prop 40. All it does is confirm what we already agreed to last year, the year before that and two years before that. This proposition is so dull there are no arguments against it and even the people for it have given up. It’s like the ballot is a game show host and it’s saying, “I know you’ve said yes to this 3 times in the last 4 years…is that your final answer?”
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