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Bernie!

May 26th, 2015

I just listened to Bernie Sanders formally announcing his candidacy for president. It was a moving experience. I cannot remember the last time I heard so much truth from a politician, except perhaps the last time I heard a speech by Bernie, or maybe it was Obama’s great “race” speech in his first campaign. I don’t know whether it is possible for Bernie to win, and I don’t really care. Now is not the time to sigh deeply and choose the lesser of two evils. That may come in November, but this is May. Let a thousand flowers bloom! Anyway… I honestly don’t know whether I just heard the standard gospel according to Bernie, ho hum, or the beginning rumblings of a political earthquake. I hope it’s the latter, but the former is good enough for me!

Feature or bug?

October 24th, 2012

Not long before the nominating conventions, I decided to ignore as much of what remained of this year’s presidential campaign as possible.  Having paid attention during the previous four years, I knew for whom I was going to vote, based on people’s actions and their responses to events as they occurred.  Nothing that would happen during the campaign, in its bubble reality of imagery and rhetoric, was going to change that.

I don’t read a newspaper.  I watch very little television.  My most regular source of daily “news” is public radio, to which I listen sparingly.  I turn it off whenever a commentator or “analyst” comes on to tell me what to think, or when the announcer warns me I am about to be treated to the opinions of eleven housewives in Duluth, or when I hear the word “polls” or the names “Cokie Roberts” and “Mara Liasson.”   The radio is silent a lot, these days.  I avoid speeches and events.  I found something else to do instead of watching “the debates”, although I could not resist tuning into the vice-presidential contest because of my affection for Joe Biden.  On that occasion, I was treated to a split screen image.  On the right was Paul Ryan, squawking animatedly.  On the left was Joe Biden, grinning wolfishly.  “Go get ‘em, Joe,” I said, and turned it off.

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