Why are all those busy body adbusters people riling up plain folks?
I don’t know what to make of the liberals for Ron Paul phenomenon except that they seem to edge towards the “Single Issue voter” side of the spectrum. Civil liberties and war are the primary problems for them. If I recall correctly, Matt Stoller voted for Obama in the primary because of his reputed anti-war position. I can remember the day that Stoller announced his decision on Open Left even though up to that point he was at least pretending to be objective.
But I would like to suggest that the best way to end the wars and take on the military industrial complex once and for all is to fix the economy. Because the vast majority of Americans are stressed out, trying to make ends meet. It was already stressful enough before the crash of 2008 to keep a job and everything that goes with it, like money for housing, food, healthcare and retirement. Now, it’s almost impossible. And when people are that stressed out, trying to keep track of dozens of tasks and walking on eggshells to make sure they’re not on the list for the next layoff, they don’t have time to get all up the grill of the US government about wars. Did you notice what happened to the anti-war movement since 2008? From what I can tell, it’s been replaced in the news with endless bad economic news.
So, to those single issue voters who have the luxury to pick lint out of your belly buttons and get all breathlessly righteous about the war, turn your attention to fixing the economy. It shouldn’t have to be said again, but the economy was THE most important issue in the 2008 election. Because if you want to keep the anti-war pressure up, you need to get people to care about it. And right now, they’ve got more important things on their minds. I know this is a foreign concept to young men who have no families to worry about but, frankly, your single issue? Not even on our radar right now. That’s alarming, I know. That doesn’t mean we aren’t just as anti-war as you are, especially those of us who have brothers over there (I do, do you?). It’s just that we are fighting our own wars right now and feeding our kids is more important. That’s how the bad guys get their way and their wars. They distract the very people who care.
People who are overwhelmed with fighting for their own economic survival are less interested in their civil liberties and war. It is, and always has been, the economy, stupid. Fix that first and the rest will follow. And if you are following that much of my logic, then you will stop toying with the Ron Paul option.
As long as we’re speculating on whether it is acceptable to vote for the lesser evil, why don’t we take a poll?
Of course I can throw Hillary on that list. Whether the Matt Stollers and Chris Hedges types like her or not, the Stollers and Hedges types are a tiny fraction of the American electorate and they may find out just how tiny a fraction they are come election day. There are much bigger fractions out there that the Democrats are in danger of losing right now, like women and people with families and the unemployed. Remember, it’s the economy stupid. So, if you had to pick a lesser evil, why not Hillary? How much more eeeeeevil than Barack Obama is she? The party changes its rules when it wants to. Right now, it *thinks* it can shove Obama down our throats again but there are plenty of us who are not interested in what either party is selling. Give us a different option, someone we see as less evil, and we might come back.
Think about that. Do you want a Democrat in the White House or Barack Obama?