Thursday, October 30, 2008


I have done something that I have never done before – not voted for either of the Big Two. Problem is, there is not much difference between the Dems or Repubs. McBush scares me a leader on both economic and diplomatic issues; and I wouldn't want Palin running my PTA bake sale, let alone my country. Obama, although a great statesman potentially, doesn't really seem fit for what is about to unfold in this country. And Biden's an old Washington insider fart just like McCain – just more of the same.

The trend continues for the wealth to be concentrated in the hands of fewer and fewer – I read a statistic stating that income (I would assume this also includes passive income) increased 11% year over year for the top one percent of the population since 2000, while increasing approximately 1% for the remaining ninety-nine percent. Basically, we as a country are losing significant economic ground. Unless you are in the controlling class, that is.

As a protest vote, I voted the La Riva/Puryear ticket. Now I have many issues with socialism, but it is a sad day in our country when the predominant socialist party's views are more aligned with capitalism than the duopolist parties that are ever gravitating closer and closer to crony capitalism or fascism than the capitalism espoused by Adam Smith. So go ahead and call me a commie pinko. But consider that eighty-something percent of Americans feel the country is headed in the wrong direction, and at the current pace, and it looks like not a whole lot is being done to change this course. So sad. So sad. But unfortunately most people care not to discuss the state of affairs of this country but instead regurgitate soundbites of the mainstream media pundits.

But believe it or not, it is a pleasant cloudy day in Bellingham, so I am off to drop off my ballot and then to the coffee shop to do some more work; then to a movie and maybe dinner with my housemate. Today is her birthday and tomorrow she is heading back to California with her ugly dog for a few days.


wantless said...

Good for you! I have been thinking of moving to Bellingham and more posts like this will bring me up there. Although I do not vote at all. :)

Jeff Westcott said...

Well there is always room for more here. Hopefully you'll find it as strange and unique as I do.