Okay. I’ll bite. Voting is today’s theme.
What does Nicole think about voting? Not much. She’s agin it. She doesn’t vote and proclaims that fact loudly. Of course, she doesn’t give you a reasoned critique or any sort of real argument. She just posts memes.
37 of them, to be exact.
I did not bother to look at them. You may, if you wish.
You know, I really don’t care one tiny bit if Nicole and Joe Naugler vote, or if they don’t vote. In fact, they are so freaking stupid that I’m sort of glad they don’t.
She did not always feel this way.Four and a half years ago, Nicole says she voted for Rand Paul and was glad she did. Furthermore, she asks (or possibly quotes Paul asking) “Do you want a government that is unrestrained by law?”
It’s actually a silly question. There is no citizen of this country who would answer, “Oh, yes. I’d be delighted to have a government unrestrained by law. I dream about that at night.” The argument isn’t whether we want to have laws that regulate what government can and cannot do. The argument is about what form those laws take and who gets to make them, and then those who are designated the “makers of law” argue about the process of making them.
Dictatorships are nice and clean and clear-cut. One guy (or a small group) makes the decisions and everyone else says “Yessir.”
Democracy, on the other hand, is messy.
So what changed for Nicole? Why did she happily vote for Rand Paul and then decide to say “fuck that” and quit voting altogether? And now she feels so strongly about this that she spends time putting up 37 memes that nobody will ever look at telling the world she isn’t going to vote and that anyone who does vote is an idiot.
Could this be part of the reason?
I have been voting regularly all my adult life, from the moment I was old enough to register. During that time, I’ve been a Republican, and I’ve been a Democrat. My views have morphed and changed, sometimes dramatically, over the years. Sometimes my candidates win, and sometimes they lose.
I stood in front of the television, crying with joy, when Barack Obama was elected to the presidency in 2008. I have also sat, stunned, as my choice went down in flames. I have wondered how in the world the country could survive when it elected such a complete lunatic to the White House, or to the Senate.
Frankly, that’s what I thought when Kentucky sent Rand Paul to the Senate. What were you thinking, Kentucky?
But, you’ll notice that the country has survived. It’s not perfect. Our government is flawed at times, great at others, arrogant as hell sometimes, myopic beyond belief, and then so magnificent it takes your breath away. And that can all occur in the space of a week or so given the right set of circumstances.
We’ve had great leadership. We’ve had abysmally poor leadership. We’ve had a President who had to tell us that he wasn’t a “crook,” when in fact, he was exactly that. We’ve had more than one President who sacrificed his life serving his country. We’ve had beloved Presidents, so much so that people mourned openly when they died. We’ve had others that were so obscure nobody remembers them at all except school children who struggle to memorize their names.
We’ve even had men like Rand Paul in the Senate. He’s an interesting character. When I listen to him speak, I find myself agreeing with him and thinking, “Gee, he’s spot on,” and then suddenly, he veers off the road doing 80 mph and drives right over a cliff and I sit there just amazed at what I see as the total stupidity of the man. In short, I get whiplash.
That’s because all of us are just folks. We’re flawed human beings. We don’t do it all right all the time. In fact, we don’t do it all right much of the time. What we hope is that by coming together, we get it more or less sort of right at least some of the time, and that bit by bit, we make a better place to live.
Rand Paul quit the race because nobody wants him to be President. Democrats sure as hell don’t, and Republicans made it clear (at least the ones in Iowa did) that they don’t either.
They did that by voting.
But Nicole doesn’t think that voting makes any difference, so she doesn’t bother with it. Which is fine, as I said. What’s not fine is her nasty attitude where she makes it clear that those of us who cherish the right to vote are just plain stupid, while she, sitting in her garden shed home without electricity or water or a stove to cook on, shitting in a white bucket, unable to support her ever-growing family, is on the moral high ground or something.
So she pinned a question on her page and asked for comments. I notice that nobody cared to discuss it, which is sort of funny.
Again, I’ll bite.
First, Nicole did not write that question. She stole it. Without attribution, which is her habit. It wasn’t hard to figure that out. For one thing, it’s a screen shot. For another, there’s a “1” in front of it which means it was part of a list.
Dear Flying Spaghetti Monster, we have Larken yet again. Nicole just loves this guy. You’d think she’d credit him when she quotes him.
The problem with his whole little bullshit rant (“Government on Trial” – I am breathless with anticipation) is that pesky word moral.
What does it mean? And I’m not being snarky here. I’m being very serious. Exactly what does that mean?
Who gets to decide?
Nicole? Larken Rose? Me? You?
What’s going on here is really quite simple. Larken (and by extension, Nicole, who channels him) spouts a lot of philosophical crap to justify behaving like a spoiled toddler. Nicole is totally pissed off with voting because the candidates she likes (Ron Paul, Rand Paul, and probably any other libertarian nut case out there) don’t win nationally. Their views simply are not shared by the majority of the populace.
So like a petulant little kid, Nicole takes her rubber ducky and goes home to pout.
Nicole, don’t vote. In this country, you don’t have to.
We don’t care if you don’t.