Let’s start off with this little gem.
If you were too lazy to click on the link, I’ll rephrase: The Republican candidate for Senate in Delaware, Christine O’Donnell, has never read/heard of the first amendment. In fact, she is incredulous at the idea that a group of law students would try to say that there is a such thing as a separation of church and state written anywhere in the constitution. This funny. This is sad.
And it is incredibly distressing.
After the awkward reign of Bush Jr., young America (and some older America) are seeing politicians as not only the crafty, lying, untrustworthy, and two faced archetypes of the past, but simply stupid as well. More and more do we realize that politicians are not coming forward with knowledge based on degrees in economics or political science, but knowledge stemming from audio clips and 30 second news snippets from their favorite channels. None of it is fact. None of it is thoroughly supported. We are running elections not based on credentials or fair academic debates, but on high strung emotions and far-right/far-left grumblings. People don’t like taxes? THE OTHER PARTY WILL RAISE YOUR TAXES!! People want jobs? THE OTHER PARTY IS TAKING YOUR JOBS!! People like babies? THE OTHER PARTY WILL EAT YOUR BABIES!!
The list goes on, the shouting continues, and the people in the middle the majority of America is stuck in between two emotionally charged, academically empty loud-speakers. Loud speakers that blast “news” in mini bites that the populace can swallow without chewing, music they can dance to without learning the proper steps.
When a person wants to open a restaurant, they must pass inspections and get a license. This ensures that their patrons are not eating poisoned, rotting food. When a person wants to drive a car, they are supposed to take a test to get their license. This ensures that the people around are somewhat safe from getting run over and run into. Politicians hold a position much more important than these; they feed the people information longer lasting than food, and run political machines more dangerous than vehicles. Isn’t it about time they have to get a license to spout their words? A license to be heard by the people as a political figure? When a person is uneducated in the field that they are going into, shouldn’t we be made aware of this before they are able to taint the radio waves and TV stations?
This is not to say that the GOP are the only ones that are under qualified and over hyped (quite honestly this is a trend that all parties seem to follow), but dear Lord, if you’re going to complain about losing constitutional rights, at least figure out what they are first.