Daily Archives: November 1, 2010

How Elections Work in America

I’m not sure whether this week’s comic was about the short sightedness and ignorance of the American people, or the weakness of our corrupted two-party system. Maybe it’s both.

In other news, I went down to the Daily Show/Colbert Report Rally to Restore Sanity/Rally to Keep Fear Alive this past weekend. It was great! It was so nice to be around so many nice, calm people who shared the same beliefs. More than 200,000 of them, to be exact. Of course the event was billed as non-partisan, and the guys on stage did a pretty good job of pulling that off, but the crowd on the other hand was 100% liberal, at least from what I saw. I brought two two-sided signs. Here’s a look at one side of them:

The other sides of the signs said:

I’m reasonable as hell, and I’m not gonna take it anymore unless you convince me otherwise with a rational argument.

America: Love it or leave it, or stay because it’s your constitutional right to do so.

So the signs were a big hit and a ton of people stopped us to take pics of them (along with my bad haircut). But one person did NOT like them. He was a middle-aged dude with his wife and teenage sons, and they were definitely not in town for the rally. After it was over, he saw us leaving the grounds and said loudly: “Hey, there are those people who said they’d leave the country if Bush won! But look, they’re still here!” We tried to ignore him, but then he came up to me since I was holding the tax sign.

GUY: Let me ask you a question! Did you pay taxes last year?!

ME: Yes.

GUY: Oh really?

ME: Yes.

GUY: How much did you pay?

ME: A lot.

GUY: Oh. Sure. Well then, are there things you think our taxes shouldn’t pay for?!

ME: Yes. For instance, we have a bigger military budget than the rest of the world combined.

GUY: What about the department of education?!

I’ll spare you the rest of the conversation, but basically, from here on I proceeded to have an increasingly calm talk with this guy. I began by asking him if he was a Libertarian, and then asked him if he really believed schools shouldn’t be publicly funded, and it turned out he was more or less an advocate for states rights blah blah blah. Most importantly, the conversation ended with us both smiling and shaking hands. We even agreed on a few things, like the negative influence of lobbyists and the problems with some of our recent military efforts. There was no yelling. No screaming. No hate. It is possible — at least on a small scale.