RANGER AGAINST WAR: Florida's Ungeschehenmachen <

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Florida's Ungeschehenmachen

--Florida's gubernatorial contenders: 
Charlie Crist and incumbent Rick Scott 

What the world needs now is love, sweet love
It's the only thing that there's just too little of 
--What the World Needs Now is Love, 
Jackie DeShannon

 Money makes the world go around
The world go around
The world go around 
--Money (Cabaret)

 Dumb all over,
Black 'n white
People, we is not wrapped tight 
--Dumb All Over, Frank Zappa

Subtitle: Two peas in a pod.

Sunday's New York Times magazine ran an in-depth feature on Florida's current gubernatorial race (How Billionaire Oligarchs Are Becoming Their Own Political Parties.)

The lede graphic depicts the contenders as disembodied puppet heads on a stick, lacking the flesh-and-blood of an impassioned real candidate. In reality, they are marionettes whose strings are pulled by a netherworld of monied political interests which inhabit a universe unto themselves.

The Supreme Court's 2010 Citizens United ruling gutted the McCain-Feingold limits which had been imposed upon political campaign spending. So The People are now exposed to incessant 30-second sound-byte media lies, often created by a PAC with a benign-sounding name, a name often totally contradicting its actual agenda. This is how elections are determined by today's continually-wired electorate.

Read it for a sad insight into the election process, 2014-style.

(An excerpt):

At the cramped conference table, Baldick rattled off more news, both good and bad. A series of recent polls found that both candidates were extremely unlikable. (“Crist and Scott Could Make History by Being So Unpopular in Florida” was the headline of one recent report at FiveThirtyEight.com.) Baldick said this could actually be a positive development. “Both of them are not liked,” he explained, but “if you think people are going to show up because they hate, not love — I do — there’s more people who hate Scott.”
Steyer leaned back in contemplation.

“You think that’s what gets people to vote?” he asked.

“Oh yeah, hate, fear —”

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is not so much fear. Going to vote is more like spraying the cockroaches or calling the exterminator. So maybe hate or loathing is involved.


Thursday, October 23, 2014 at 1:42:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger Lisa said...

I think people often vote simply to knock the other guy out, vs. feeling passionate about the one they choose for.

Ah, it's like a jealous lover who doesn't really want the one they have, but they don't want anyone else to have him, either. So it is the Democrats will vote for the erstwhile Republican-lite Mr. Crist.

Thursday, October 23, 2014 at 1:57:00 PM GMT-5  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A little off topic, but not completely irrelevant....as I was saying:





Wednesday, October 29, 2014 at 9:08:00 AM GMT-5  

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