Reading the front page of NY Times, there are pages on pages on pages of results sliced by age, gender, and race, and almost nothing about the actual issues. There was one a fleeting mention of immigration issues on the Republican side, other than that - nothing.
And NY Times is a high-brow publication. I am afraid to think what gets discussed on TV (we don't use TV at home - the information bandwidth is way too narrow; I can read news on the Internet 10 times as fast as watching them on TV).
How do we elect politicians, anyway? What are the important decision factors?
Let's see... Howard Dean - "The Screech" all but ended his campaign. John Kerry - "appears French". John Edwards - "The $400 Haircut". Hillary squeezes out a tear - and wins New Hampshire primary - where polls just a few days before had shown Obama in the lead.
I am sorry, but democracy's most important precondition is the demos which is intellectually capable of making choices!
So what kind of candidates does THIS democracy produce? Of the recent political figures, we have:
- Reagan - a movie star.
- Tom Delay (former House Majority Leader) - an exterminator. Yes, really, I am not joking, he used to kill roaches!
- Arnold Schwarzenegger - a movie star.
- George W. Bush - a former drunk and a village idiot, not even capable of coherent speech.
- Dick Cheney - a college dropout that had "been in a couple of scrapes with the law", and the best prototype for the Emperor Palpatine, if Joe Lieberman would not have already looked like a photographic twin.
As they say in Florida...