Wednesday, August 08, 2007

The Snooze to the White House

It's good to see I'm not the only one bored near tears by the presidential candidates, Ron Paul as always excepted:

The AFL-CIO Democratic forum last night on MSNBC, was the lowest rated-yet of the eight primary debates/forums held this election season. Based on live +same day data, Nielsen found the debate had 960,000 total viewers and 340,000 viewers in the 25-54 demo.

Or, as Camille Paglia put it:

The 2008 presidential sweepstakes have hit the doldrums as the pack of eager candidates of both parties dutifully make their rounds and tread water like tar. Whoever survives this corrida-by-boredom will presumably have the brass cojones to run the government. By what national curse must we suffer another year of this?

As an aside, it's unfortunate that she has yet to stump for the only decent candidate in the race. Sometimes I wonder about her libertarian credentials. Still, we're more than a year away from the election, so she has time to hop on board the Ron Paul bandwagon.

Anyway, I'm encouraged by the ratings numbers. I don't particularly believe in democracy, but our form of government is especially repugnant as the candidates tend toward the mediocre.
One of the more startling revelations which I have experienced in recent years was that one may avoid voting, not of apathy, but out of sheer disgust. The apathetic are not necessarily to be praised, but they are beneficial nonetheless in aiding in the exposure of this republic as a sham. As such, they deserve our tepid applause.

Whether the abysmal viewership during the last democratic debate is due to apathy, scornful indifference, or simply fatigue at a campaign season that has already gone on too long, it is a very good sign. When faced with Tweedle-Dee and Tweedle-Dum, one ought to do one's best to leave Wonderland firmly behind.

I cannot help but wonder how marvelous it would be if no one watched at all. Or, better yet, if no one voted.

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