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Politics

Aside from the occasional snide comment and/or link here and there, I've been avoiding any discussion of politics here. Part of the reason is that while I have my own opinions about matters political at the local, state and national levels, I've been having a very hard time finding any intelligent opposition with which to have a reasoned discussion of the issues. In fact, I may have crippled a longstanding correspondence with a Canadian acquaintance after telling him that if he was going to sound like part of the Indymedia/Democratic Underground loony left when it came to American politics, I didn't want to hear any more out of him. To paraphrase Lynyrd Skynyrd, "If you want to/Talk anime/Well I guess that'll be okay." I admit to being ignorant about Canadian politics, OTOH, since most of what I know about it comes from the editorial page of the National Post (when I read it) and the rest from Colby Cosh's weblog, but my friend appears to take what he reads in the Toronto papers and hears from the CBC about what goes on down here at face value. Which he doesn't do when it comes to Canadian politics, so I don't know what's going on there.

Anyway, most of my friends know what my political opinions are (although my daughter occasionally is unpleasantly surprised to discover that I remain more Catholic and Federalist than libertarian) and also know that I don't suffer sloganeering idiocy particularly well. There are cogent arguments to be made against the policies that the President and Governor Pawlenty are pursuing, but for the most part those arguments seem to be coming from old-school conservatives like Jerry Pournelle and pro-war liberals like Roger Simon. They aren't coming from the editorial pages of the Star-Tribune or the New York Times - and let's not even drag the Ghidrah of TV network news (ABC/CBS/NBC) into this, shall we? I have better things to do than reply to commenters who are just barfing back what they read in City Pages or the Red Star, and I don't see wasting my time on people who are still bleating that "Bush KNEW!!!" or that he was AWOL from the Guard as a productive use of my time. The Northern Alliance of bloggers (most notably Mitch Berg, the Fraters and Captain Ed) do that sort of thing so I don't have to, and God bless them for it.

Meanwhile, it's a beautiful evening, the Red Sox swept the Yankees this weekend, and my Senators are in fourth place as we approach the end of the first month. With Torii Hunter just back from the DL (so long, Damian Rolls, I hardly knew ye) I should stay comfortably in the first division for a while. There's laundry to do and more CDs to put up on eBay. Later, y'all.

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tokenfanboy
Apr. 26th, 2004 10:54 pm (UTC)
I do feel awkward trying to discuss politics with my friends because I'm definitely in the minority, but that doesn't necessarily make me wrong. This "anybody but Bush" attitude that the Dems/DFL have is dangerous. People aren't taking a critical look at Kerry's positions and statements. His views on outsourcing jobs are unrealistic. Even if that supposed tax break for outsourcing goes away, what company would turn down cutting their payroll by 75%. Heck, they probably don't have to provide those workers health care benefits either. I'd also like to know which leaders of the "International Community" are going to knowingly send their troops into the line of fire of Iraqi suicide bombers and snipers. The radicals that want a civil war in Iraq aren't going to stop just because the UN gets involved. They've already bombed UN targets in Iraq.

After voting for Jessie, I vowed to never enter a polling place thinking, "What the hell, what harm could he do?" I'm at least one light-rail track wiser now. I don't know about the rest of Minnesota.
wombat_socho
Apr. 28th, 2004 05:43 pm (UTC)
Yeah, if you're anywhere to the right of Joel Rosenberg and part of the SF/fantasy/media fan community, you're definitely in the minority, though there are subgenre fandoms (combat SF) where conservatives and libertarians are in the majority.

With respect to the Presidential campaign, I'm afraid you're right about Kerry - people don't want to vote *for* him so much as they want to vote *against* President Bush. It all reminds me of the way some Republicans reacted to FDR and the Democratic majority he forged during the Depression - apoplectic to the point of spluttering insanity. Now the shoe's on the other foot, and some Democrats are just as rabidly crazed now as the FDR-hating Republicans were in the 1940s and 50s.
tokenfanboy
Apr. 28th, 2004 10:05 pm (UTC)
Democrats both nationally and locally are grasping for any power they have left. That's part of why Bush's judical nominees are being fillabustered and why the MN Senate DFL commitee members have been delaying Pawlenty's comissioner confrimation hearings for almost 2 full sessions and are now denying committee approvals for several people. I think that's an issue the state Republicans need to latch onto and use it to win the MN Senate. Who knows, that issue could help Bush either win MN or at least make Kerry waste a lot of time and money campaigning here instead of other battleground states.
wombat_socho
Apr. 29th, 2004 04:55 pm (UTC)
There seems to be a lot of confidence in the ranks that Minnesota is very much in play and possibly leaning to Bush. I guess we'll see how that cookie crumbles in November. As for the State Senate, they won't be up for reelection until 2006, and it'll be interesting to see what the fallout from this year's election will be on 2006, if any.
tokenfanboy
Apr. 29th, 2004 08:22 pm (UTC)
I guess I don't pay much attention to MN Senate races. I just assumed they did it in stages every 2 years like the US Senate. No wonder they feel they can get away with this nonsense with the commissioner nominees.
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