Tuesday, October 21, 2008

The AJC Gets It Dead Right

Yesterday or today, I briefly overheard John McCain speaking to a crowd of people somewhere. He said something about how Obama wants to "redistribute our wealth." I agree. Obama's definitely on that plan.

But I find it disgusting that McCain could stand up there and sanctimoniously admonish anyone else for sanctioning the redistribution of wealth. Seriously. Because it's so freaking obvious that someone in the Republican Party has recently determined that The American People think "Redistribution of Wealth" is bad and so of course McCain must accuse Obama of doing this.

It's as if they don't even know the meaning of the words. It's just a sound bite to woo voters away from the opponent. In fact, that's exactly what's going on. Americans respond to sound bites these days, not principles.

Anyway, on the AJC.com tonight, I got a pleasant surprise. There's a little blurb on the main page--you can see it even if not registered, but it's the kind of headline changed often:

Spreading wealth not new

It's basis of U.S. tax code.

Yes, yes indeedy. Can you believe somebody wrote that? I bet it gets zapped soon. I ought to take a snapshot of it!


Kevin said...

Political campaigning as I have always known it, was best essentialized by the Simpsons episode Treehouse of Horror VII. Where the aliens Kang and and Kodos pose as Bob Dole and Bill Clinton.

Bob Dole gives an electoral speech:

Announcer: Ladies and Gentlemen, 73-year-old candidate, Bob Dole.

Kang: Abortions for all.
[crowd boos]
Very well, no abortions for anyone.
[crowd boos]
Hmm... Abortions for some, miniature American flags for
[crowd cheers and waves miniature flags]

Just a search for the right hash of words to unlock the combination. Sort of a very high stakes crossword puzzle. It is why I can't stomach the debates in any fashion. The candidates are indistinguishable, the things they say don't represent thoughts or principles, they represent the best guess at the average response on everything by everybody.

Or as put by Toohey describing his ideal world, "A world where the thought of each man will not be his own, but an attempt to guess the thought of the brain of his neighbor who'll have no thought of his own but an attempt to guess the thought of the next neighbor who'll have no thought--and so on, Peter, around the globe."

Rational Jenn said...

Kodos and Kang! Either one of them would be better than the yahoos we've got running this time.

Love your crossword puzzle analogy (wish it weren't so damn accurate though).

It's amazing how accurate (prescient?) Ayn Rand was about a great many things, isn't it?

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