Looking out the front window this morning as I drank my coffee I noticed that the Kerry-Edwards lawn sign we'd put up weeks ago was gone. I felt a moment of real anger (good fodder for my Buddhist practice, thank you.) Later Marlene and I walked up and down the street to make sure the sign hadn't simply blown away - but it was nowhere to be found. Moreover, all the other Kerry-Edwards signs along our street were gone as well.
This tells me that there are people in our town sufficiently confused as to the nature of the democratic process that they would prefer to subvert it. This is not really a surprise.
What does surprise me is that so many people seem unable to identify bald-faced lies that have been exposed many times, unable to think logically enough to steer their way through utterly irrational statements as long as those statements are made with confidence.
It also surprises me that the first place that many Americans really learned about Kerry, and to a lesser extent, Bush, was during the debates. What in hell happened to the news media? Is it foolish of me to expect that the news will give us information? Evidently. I just checked what Websters had to say about news and one of the definitions is, " matter that is interesting to newspaper readers or news broadcast audiences." So - news is defined by what the media folks think their readers will be interested in. Ok, Ok - I'm coming to this rather late. I know there have been reams written on just this topic over the past few decades. But I have never seen it so starkly obvious.
If people are not taught to think, and can not obtain information - how is our political process to work? There's a lot more I could say - but enough for the moment.
Here's our sign: