Monday, November 12, 2012

A Slow, Disbelieving Shake of the Head

Wow.  I mean, really...

Some people are fucking idiots.  Excuse my french (with a lower-case f), but I just cannot believe it.

The "We, the People"  idiots (what "we"?  Count me out) have started petitions in 23 states to secede from the union.  All they need are 25,000 signatures within one month, and the White House must address their petitions.

OK, let's see, what do you think their answer will be?.....  I know what my answer is (more on that later).

These dorks lost an election, but like a spoiled 6-year-old, they don't wanna hear "No."  Didn't get what you wanted?  OK, tantrum time.  Let's waste time and money (you know that thing the "Fiscal Cliff" everyone keeps talking about?),  What was that my friend Spike called them?  Oh, yeah, the "wackadoodles".  Even my old school friend who pointed out the story to me, a hard-core conservative who was deeply upset by the election, is "COMPLETELY against the idea."

So let's try to think about this logically.  25,000 people signed Texas' petition to secede, some with addresses in other states like New Mexico, by the way.  People in other states are also hoping to reach that magic number.  Well, even in a state with a very small population like Idaho (1,584,985 at the end of 2011), that number is only 1.5% of the population.  And in Texas, with an estimated 2011 population of 25,674,681, the initial petition number is less than 1/10 of a percentage point.  So, gee, yeah, let's apply for secession for the other 99.9%, because we're special. 

Don't get me wrong:  I'm not trying to knock the fact that some people are deeply upset.  But this has to be the most cockamamie idea I've ever heard of.  

California voted for Obama, so count that out of your little putsch, along with the food production, natural gas and economic zones like LA and San Francisco.  So did Oregon and Washington, two other agricultural powerhouses.  Count out the entire industrial Northeast, Wisconsin dairy, Minnesota and Iowa grains.  Oh, and Michigan's revitalized auto industry and Ohio, too.

How are you going to pay for your new little country?  The states which voted republican are primarily ranching, corn and wheat country.  Important, yes, but with nowhere near the economic reach of the other states.  And you'd have to figure out how to raise and pay for a highly-technological military, because I guarantee Obama wouldn't just give you half.  Taxes?....

So, instant third-world status in a mini country with a military which offers no threat to large militaries like China, North Korea, Iran.  Japan's military spending would be far larger than you could afford, and they certainly wouldn't risk themselves to save you from your own stupidity.

Balkanize the US, and you've just brought about everything that you're supposedly fighting against.

So my answer to you:  If you want to secede so bad, go right ahead.  But don't take our states with you.  Get your ass on a plane, head to parts unknown, disavow your citizenship.  But leave us out of it.

Friday, November 2, 2012

Election Musings

Now that the election draws nigh, I have a hope...  Two, actually.

The first is that people will get out there and vote.  Get off your duff, and do the thing that so many people have fought over the years to ensure your right to do.  Whether you support the same candidate I do, or not (naturally I'd prefer you did, but I won't insist).  You don't like either Romney or Obama?  Well, there are 16 parties on my Colorado ballot - pick someone!

Don't like any of them?  Use your write-in vote, if your state allows.  Please don't waste your vote on Snoopy ('68, '72), Bill the Cat ('80, '84) or other characters; a write-in vote is certainly a more effective protest if there is a real person that can be counted.  Fictional characters will just make it an invalid ballot, and you might as well not have gone at all.

Help out any neighbors with transportation problems, too, giving them a ride to polling places, or watching someone's little darlings so they can get out and vote.

My second wish is for after the election is over.  If your candidate has won, put away any hubris (there is no room for the "Nyah, nyah" crap).  There will be no "mandate" for any side in this election.  Conversely, if your candidate has lost, put away any bitterness you may feel.  You fought hard for your beliefs, but the majority did not agree.

Now more than almost any other time, politicians need to stop the obstructionism of the last few administrations and actually accomplish something.  Be adults!  You cannot run a democracy of 360 million people without compromise.  Represent your constituents to the best of your ability, all of your constituents.  While there may be portions of your agenda that you are unwilling to compromise on, do what you can to work with the other side(s).

And whatever you do, please don't be like one of my college roommates.  He bitched and moaned incessantly over this politician or that law, just pretty much never stopped.  Yet he refused to vote.  Screw that!  If you can't even be bothered to vote, to make that little bit of effort toward a system that you can support, don't whine to me.  You haven't earned that right.