Transplanted Life
Wednesday, March 03, 2004
You'd think the penguins would learn
I mean, they must see what's happening to their friends, but they keep on lining up.

Anyway, that's my excuse for being up so late tonight. Sooner or later, I'm just going to completely crash at work, making Maureen oh so happy. I just hope it happens after a "seeking information" night, as opposed to a "pelting penguins with snowballs" night.

So, yesterday was the Massachusetts primary. I sat it out; I remember being a registered Libertarian in the old body, but truth be told, I don't know if they/we even have a primary. I'm not sure what party Michelle was registered as before July... actually, now that I think about it, I don't know if she ever even registered to vote in this district. I guess that's something I'll have to take care of before November, assuming everything.

It's discouraging to watch the democratic process in action; the campaign season is too long, so that by the time I would have had a chance to vote, the candidates are already whittled down. Everybody talks about who's most "electable", which is like talking about movies in terms of projected opening weekend box office - it's a stupid thing for the general public to care about. So what if John Kerry is more electable than the other candidates? In order to become electable, he's basically had to remove every last vestige of controversy. Sure, he's got the whole "not George W. Bush" thing going for him, but that's depressingly faint praise. Part of the reason I voted Libertarian in the last election was that neither major party seemed to believe anything, and even if the LP seemed a little extreme in some of their views, they were at least extreme in the general direction I thought was right.

Like, I'm pretty sure whoever the LP candidate is will come out in favor of legalizing gay marriage, because it's right along with the party's ideal of the government not curtailing freedoms unless it's absolutely necessary. Now, this is an issue that last year I probably would have been ambivelent on and basically just gotten sick of hearing about, but having to deal with what initially seemed like deviant sexuality in my own life has, as you might imagine, made me a bit more interested. But, of course, rather than seizing the issue and saying "this is what's right" after Bush came out in favor of ammending the constitution to keep two people who love each other from marrying, the Democrats are mostly trying to speak out of both sides of their mouths. It's depressing to watch, really.

Gads. That's about the most I've talked about politics in years (which would shock some of my high school friends). But, if experiences like the ones I've had didn't make me think about my beliefs, there'd probably be something wrong with me.

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