Saturday, October 25, 2008

Bartleby the Voter

In America, we should be able to say "Fuck You" to power. I'm pretty sure that's in the Constitution. In fact, I'm positive. It's called "The First Amendment." And fuck you right now if you're gonna say it's not in the Constitution, it's in the Bill of Rights. I know that. Everyone who took middle school civics knows that. But the Constitution and the Bill of Rights are complimentary documents, like some kind of crazy political geometry theorem. Pretty much one and the same in the American heart now.

The most powerful "Fuck You" every American has at his or her disposal is our vote. Our Sacred Privilege. Our Finger on the Button. Or Our Middle Finger in the Air.

Don't be a Bartleby. Don't say "I'd prefer not to." That's un-American.

Instead, on Election Day, proudly stand up and say, in your loudest voice, as proudly and patriotically as you can:

"Fuck You!"

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misha said...

Hi man, my girlfriend and I, though we're italians and do live in italy, we'll be staying up all night watching tv marathons covering the US elections and we SO hope it's going to be Obama.
Also because this US election is very import to the whole world, but I'm talking as a UE citizen here: we can't stand 4 more years of a republican "junta", no more.
We saw Iraq, Abu Ghraib, Guantanamo, the patrioct act, all the interests of Bush's family and friends (Halliburton...),and we just can't understand how this man got to be re-elected too..
From this part of the ocean American politcs kind of looks bizarre oftentimes (to many europeans), and our political systems are very, very different, but they've never been so different as in these 8 years.
8 does seem a lifetime. Today my mind is going back to the wee hours wasted while watching the results of the 2001 elections...People can surely say that dems or republicans are hardly two different parties, or that a man can't really change the way things are, but I'm strongly conviced that no man could stand up and say that with Al Gore at the White House there'd have been no difference (in thes long eight years)
So, all I'm saying is: you can change (yes, you can..), will you?
I'm waiting for a strong answer.

gomonkeygo said...

Hiya, Misha! How ya been?

Thanks for the long and thoughtful comment. It's so damn easy for us Americans to forget about how our politics effect the world.

I'm being positive - I'm sure we're in for a change. I think we'll have a new America eight years from now, the polar opposite of the ruin Bush is leaving us with.

But I think sometimes Americans can be at our best when things are at their worst. Maybe that's just my love of country talking, call me a patriot and hang me I guess. I do think it's true. I do think we can change this thing around.

I'm looking forward to see what the rest of the world thinks of us again in a few years.

Take care and have a good night!