Monday, November 1, 2010
The Perfect Circle
Election Day is upon us, and I'm having mixed emotions. For one, it would be nice to put a stop to the endless background noise of political rhetoric. It would be nice to have the nightly news go back to good old fashion fear-mongering. It would be nice to be able to see commercials for products that keep middle-aged women "regular" or middle-aged men "at attention," and not political ad after political ad in which the smiling protagonist sits around with the nuclear family while likening their opponent to the Anti-Christ.
On the other hand, what theater! It's been witches and kicks to the groin and political rally beat-downs. We've met Aqua Buddha and men dressed as Nazis, potheads and former Black Panthers, a madame and a UPS driver.
There has been so many moments. How does one mention them all? It would be nigh impossible. Faced with this, how can one then find a singular piece of evidence that could serve as a microcosm for the entire campaign, something that encapsulates every absurd piece of theater that has been presented to us? A daunting task but....
From California's U.S. Senate campaign, I give you, "Demon Sheep."
And so tomorrow I will fulfill my responsibility and vote. Wednesday, I will get up and go to work. Regardless of the election outcome, I don't expect that I or anything will feel different. I don't expect that my life will change in any significant way. A new set of elected officials will clamor away in a far-off land, pushing and pulling, strutting and fretting their hour upon the stage while accomplishing little, just subtle shifts between ideologies. Over the next two or four or twelve years, the sands of public opinion will be swept up by emotion and selfishness, only to settle upon the one adage that has stood the test of time, "Throw the Bums Out!"