You know, for all we talk about with regard to specific tax policies, foreign policy experience, constitutional quandaries and the like, many American voters are just going to close that voting booth curtain and pull the lever or push the button according to a gut feeling about one particular candidate.
That being said, radio personality Howard Stern recently ran an interview with voters in Harlem, New York, in which the predominantly Obama supporting interviewees were asked whether or not they supported specific policies — only the policies given as Obama’s were actually those advanced by John McCain.
If these people fail to understand that Sarah Palin is not Barack Obama’s running mate, if they refuse to follow politics enough to know that it is John McCain and not Obama who wants to leave our troops in Iraq long enough to finish the job, what hope is there for an understanding of the effects that a reduction in capital gains taxes would have on the American economy? Of the intricasies of our relationship with Iran? Of the environmentally-friendly methods of extracting shale oil? Without question, I’d be willing to bet that those interviewed know something about something, whether it be the starting lineup for the New Jersey Nets, or the name of the winner of last season’s “Survivor” — why can’t we pour the same amount of energy into learning about our political process?
The founders of our nation, I think, would be appalled. Those men fought and bled and died for the chance to secure the opportunity to lay the foundation for a nation and government diametrically opposed to the tyrannial rule from which they escaped. Such a phenomenal experiment, and it is largely taken for granted. An opportunity created for a people to enjoy freedom as a way to ensure their own security and prosperity, and the country is now filled with people who want everying secured for and given to them. An entire nation who sings in the key of “mee-mee-meeee.”
Anyway, before I put y’all to sleep, strap yourselves in and watch–or listen–to the video.
(WARNING: Occasional explicit lyrics within.)