I should mention it's gotten easier to write these posts since I settled into this new relaxed style. Maybe, as B.B. King would have it, the thrill is gone, but so is the feverish tension of all that Hope & Change that had me and a lot of other people so fired up for a while. As the original resident of the Pond had it, a single truth is enough for the Seeker, and the single truth apparent now, to my way of thinking, is that the political system doesn't work anymore. How it got into this deplorable state is a complicated question, even for me, and don't forget: I have a degree in political science. That's right, I'm a scientist, I hold a Bachelor of Science from what was once a publicly funded university (prior to Prop 13), although admittedly now it's a wholly owned subsidiary of British Petroleum, which owns the science department, and the Haas Family, which owns the business school.
August 28, 2010
August 26, 2010
I'm sure I should care. The midterm elections in November, I mean. This could be momentous, and I'm going to start caring pretty soon. Others obviously do; I get several emails a day from barackobama.com, for example, imploring me to support Democratic candidates. Okay, I guess that's what they're saying. I haven't opened an email from barackobama since sometime in 2009, I'm guessing. I haven't given a dime to any candidate; I'm like you, Barack - fiercely bipartisan. I did give about forty bucks to a nice young woman going door-to-door soliciting money to clean up the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Regardless of how I feel about Democrats or Republicans, I like sea otters, sea lions, seals, dolphins, whales, fish. Even plankton. Even if I don't stop to say it often enough, I do owe a huge debt of gratitude to the lowly work of the plankton, and so do you. Floating around at the bottom of the food chain, getting swallowed in enormous quantities by the humpback whale, as he plays his game of migratory Pac-Man up and down the coast between Alaska and Baja.