To which the annoyed pedestrian replies: "Look, I don't know, and I don't care."
And there you have it folks. The American electorate summed up in one silly joke I heard back in Jr. High School!
Seriously, I heard something on the news about how exit polling showed that Americans were fed up with most of the economic gains going to the top 1%. Soooo... they voted in a pile of Republicans?!? The party that believes that the road to prosperity is to cut taxes for the richest people and corporations?!? Seriously?!?
It boggles the mind. Of course, I suppose this sort of thing is to be expected in a society where people know more about "Dancing with the Stars" than they do about their own system of government.
Seriously, there was an ad against our Democratic Senator here in Colorado excoriating him for "voting with Obama 99% of the time." Um... ok, I get the point that he and Obama generally support the same platform, but dudes, Obama doesn't vote in the Senate, he's the president. So how can you "vote with" someone who doesn't vote? You know legislative branch...executive branch... oh never mind....
I know... maybe we need a new reality show called "Civics Lessons with the Stars!"
Well anyhow... the irony of it all is just a bit overwhelming. The UN releases a new dire report on climate change, basically saying "act now or our collective goose is cooked". And in the same breath the American public gives the Republicans the majority in the Senate, making Senator James Inhofe (one of this country's most outspoken climate change deniers) head of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee - you know, the one that oversees the EPA and other key pieces of US environmental policy.
It's just unbelievable.
So last night I decided that I needed a bit of comic relief and decided to watch Woody Allen's movie, "Sleeper".
My oh my... if you haven't seen it, the movie is about a man who dies in 1973 and is cryogenically frozen, only to be revived 200 years later in a dystopic future where society is controlled by a "great leader" (who is actually dead) and people are kept complacent and obedient through technolgical distractions like the "orgasmatron" and the "orb". I dunno... doesn't seem that far off to me!
Not sure exactly what my point is here, other than to say that if anyone out there was still holding out hope that this country would wake up and do something meaningful about climate change... well...
So tell me folks, how do you keep from descending into the pit of despair when faced with this sort of thing?