Monday, October 20, 2008

Cynicism...about limited political choices in the US

This post is a response to Almost Diamonds, who takes issue with my "cynicism" in the comments to Greg Laden's giddy post about the endorsement of Obama by Colin Powell. Apparently I'm brainless for not seeing that there are "big differences between Obama and McCain--of policy, of personality, of integrity."

In response, I would humbly suggest that one must have a fairly narrow perspective on the issues in order to see "big differences" between the two "mainstream" candidates. Don't get me wrong. There are certainly differences, and those differences can have a real impact on people's lives over time. However, the differences are small and fall within a narrow right-wing, authoritarian political spectrum.

Case in point: Almost asks how it is "evil" to suggest that people should have access to affordable health care (emphasis mine). Note that the question cynically presupposes that health care is a commodity to be bought and sold instead of a basic human right that should be available to everyone regardless of their ability to pay for it. This is the same narrow political discussion that Obama and McCain have engaged in during this campaign. Talk about cynicism. Isn't it time to expand our political discourse?

Swat that...Almost.


  1. If you want to stand in the muck whining about how you don't see dry land anywhere around, that is your prerogative. Just don't expect those doing the slogging and the hauling to thank you for your brilliant observations. If you find a magic chariot that will gently float us to where we'd all like to be, let us know.

  2. No thanks expected. Just be aware that slogging and hauling in the muck (and searching for magic chariots) can cause you to lose sight of what dry land is.