For a quotation is a handy thing to have about, saving one the trouble of thinking for oneself, always a laborious business.
Because I’d rather party with the winners than mourn with the losers, I repost this picture from four years ago.
My hope for the next four years is that Obama makes good on some of the promises he made during his first presidential bid: get us out of war, restore our civil rights, and lead a transparent, constitutional government.
What are your hopes for the coming four years?
All this idea of a handful of men getting hold of the State machine, having the right to make the people do what suits their party and personal interests or doctrines, is completely contrary to every conception of surviving Western democracy. Some reverence for the laws ourselves have made, Some patient force to change them when we will. We accept in the fullest sense of the word the settled and persistent will of the people. All this idea of a group of super men and super-planners, such as we see before us, ‘playing the angel,’ as the French call it, and making the masses of the people do what they think is good for them, without any check or correction, is a violation of democracy. Many forms of Government have been tried, and will be tried in this world of sin and woe. No one pretends that democracy is perfect or all-wise. Indeed, it has been said that democracy is the worst form of Government except all those other forms that have been tried from time to time; but there is the broad feeling in our country that the people should rule, continuously rule, and that public opinion, expressed by all constitutional means, should shape, guide, and control the actions of Ministers who are their servants and not their masters.
Obama is funding al quaida they are in the employ of the CIA benghazi was preplanned murderr in the first Obama is going to be in for atleast 3 more terms and will be another charismatic Hitler whom people will virtually worship as god all before he is wiped from the book of life and fed flames for he is worthy he is full throttle gay ,communist Muslim and devil possessed that’s why he is so greatly admired ‘ no greater deception can come upon human minds……..’
During election season we get to see the political opinions of our friends and our friends’ friends on Facebook. The quote above falls into the latter class.
I chose this rant because I can’t tell whether it is terribly misguided or brilliant parody.
And that’s sad…
Update. Upon further investigation, I’ve determined that it’s terribly misguided opinion. And that’s even more sad.
Why vote? The marketing dynamics of apathy. The only way to throw away your vote is not to cast it.
November 6 is election day. Prove Christopher Bryan and his colleagues right.1
“A new study by social psychologist Christopher Bryan and his colleagues at Stanford University shows just how easily people can be manipulated using their own vanity; by doing nothing more than changing the word “vote,” to “voter,” on a survey, Bryan et al, have demonstrated that it’s possible to increase voter turnout in real-world elections.” (Source.)
See the history of my vote(r) graphic.
I had a wimpy month on the bike!
October: 47 miles1
2012: 911 miles2
We finally got rain, a little before the middle of the month, and it’s stuck with us. Although I have rain gear in the closet, I lost the waterproof cover for my pannier earlier in the year. Although I don’t mind getting a little wet, my laptop must stay dry during the commute.
I’d make more excuses, but that would bore even me.
It’s time to jump back on the bike and get 89 miles before the end of the year. That shouldn’t be too hard.
How much did you bike in October?
The sun shone for a few minutes during lunch today.
And it’s not even raining. :-)