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September 12, 2008

Voting — Americans Do It Like They Eat

by Brad Warbiany

Over here, a YouTube clip of Craig Ferguson discusses the election. Most of his rant is spot-on (and hilarious), but he talks about American’s “duty” to vote. He goes a bit off line when he says that our American Democracy is about:

free people making free choices…

…in this case, to choose which candidate will make us less free, and how.

Americans vote like we eat. I don’t think freedom’s on that menu. It’s like going into Cracker Barrel trying to find health food, and having a choice between the country breakfast with ham, eggs, hash browns, or the flapjacks and bacon, smothered in syrup. One may be marginally better for you than the other, but neither are good*. They may both make you feel good for a short time, but the long-term effects are pretty well negative.

* PS – Yes, they’ve probably got a fruit plate (i.e. Bob Barr) on the menu, but we all know only the most disciplined will choose it. The average voter is deciding which flavor of pork they prefer.

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7 Comments

  1. For libertarians, it’s like going into Cracker Barrel for health food. For most, depending on one’s taste for a particular flavor of statism, it’s like going into Whole Foods trying to find health food.

    Bob Barr as the fruit plate – nice imagery.

    Comment by thomasblair — September 12, 2008 @ 6:10 am
  2. For libertarians, it’s like going into Cracker Barrel for health food. For most, depending on one’s taste for a particular flavor of statism, it’s like going into Whole Foods trying to find health food.

    I think Brad’s analogy is spot on. Most people understand that the current system is significantly flawed and when you talk to them about libertarian beliefs, they’ll nod in agreement. The hard thing is to get them to adhere to those beliefs consistently. Most people lack that discipline, just as they lack the discipline to forgo the country breakfast that they know in their mind to be unhealthy.

    Comment by Jeff Molby — September 12, 2008 @ 12:15 pm
  3. Most people understand that the current system is significantly flawed

    Except that they don’t. They all have their little pet issues that they wish were handled in a manner more befitting their own preferences, but I stand by my analogy – they’re looking for health food, they’re in the right place, and perhaps with the exception of being out of a certain cut of free-range, grass-fed beef, they feel right at home.

    Comment by thomasblair — September 12, 2008 @ 3:04 pm
  4. Except that they don’t.

    Yes, they do. Voter satisfaction is very low. Apathy is high. The just don’t realize that their pet issues contribute to the problem.

    Comment by Jeff Molby — September 13, 2008 @ 6:31 am
  5. Too bad the Cracker Barrel is surrounded by Waffle Houses, McDonalds’, and KFC Buffets. What I’d give for a Whole Foods or even another building for sale, too bad there’s nothing left…

    Comment by NA — September 13, 2008 @ 6:04 pm
  6. Americans vote like we eat?! The rest of that analogy I have no problem with, but part of the problem is that Americans are, apparently, too busy eating to vote. Otherwise, Americans do tend to treat voting like eating. They do the same things over and over, expecting different results, and they completely forget to think ahead of time about the consequences of their actions. This would explain both the obesity rate and the war we are regretting now.

    Comment by Kelsey Paige — September 13, 2008 @ 8:11 pm
  7. War we are regretting? What do the American people even know about war? They aren’t stopping their grease-infatuations because of rational thought or knowledge about the subject, but because antiwar sentiment is popular just like buying whole wheat. All the American voter takes in is garbage from media sources, and so he talks garbage, thinks garbage, and votes garbage. The 2000, 04, and 08 elections are the strongest arguments for platonic despotism I’ve seen- and I fear that when the time comes the American people will throw up there last rights for some stability, and their “guardian” will be no more ideal then those they have elected.

    Comment by NA — September 14, 2008 @ 6:24 am

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