Wednesday Night I was sitting with a friend in a bar in Stromberg Germany. He wanted to know if Obama was going to win the election. A manager at a logistics firm, and hardly a flaming neo-socialist liberal, he was concerned about the election, and genuinely worried about Romney becoming president. Europeans are more intimately connected to the international opera than Americans, by virtue, if nothing else, plain geography. Sadly, Europeans, in my experience are far more concerned bout this election than most Americans. They are certainly more informed.
The Right, and even some on the Left accuse and decry the so-called uninformed voter in this country, lamenting that those voters will choose for a candidate on something less than the “keen” observance of those deemed to be “informed” voters.
Truth is, those blustering and boastful informed voters merely regurgitate the same looped and tired short list of issues paraded, screened and funneled to the American electorate from such notable paragons of unfettered and unfiltered information as FOX News, Rightwing radio, Jay Leno and a corporatized news industry. Ignored are the substantive issues. Those are decided and slipped quietly past us while shiny key issues like guns and gay marriage are paraded before the public, gauged and market tested on scales of fear, self-affirmation and paranoia.
The arrogance of those, predominately on the Right who believe they are informed is both astounding and dangerous. There is present in American political discourse a sublime ignorance of nuanced and non-American centered international affairs and issues. In all things international, we preach from a lofty geocentricism, and when that fails, flat out bullying.
Nowhere is that ignorance more apparent and more harmful than in economics. The absolute fiction that government should be run as a business belies that ignorance. Government, like medical care and help to the suffering is wholly incompatible with bottom-line mentality on economic, social, religious, moral and ethics grounds. That arguments are picked from each of these as a ruse to justify greed and selfishness, and lusts for power as a means of concealing naked selfishness, and legitimizing cynical greed betrays twisted intellect, moral depravity, ethical perversion and religious opportunism.
“I hope he wins,” I told my German friend, not that I am overly satisfied with Obama. Issue for issue Mr. Obama shows little daylight between himself and naked capitalists. In the balance that scale tips just enough to justify a vote in battleground states, but for the vote in non-battleground states to move to say Green party candidate Jill Stein as a step towards a less bipolar future in American politics.
“Do you believe me might lose?” said my friend.
“The Right is trying to steal the election every way that can,” I relied, evoking a much longer conversation, fueled by copious amounts of a frosty glass of dark German beer. But that is a story for another time…
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