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Saturday, May 26, 2007

Politics And Area Rugs

So you’ve just come home from a home furnishing store where you purchased a nice new area rug. This particular rug is reversible. One side is mostly purple and blue tones, and the other is mostly burgundy. Both colors work with your room, but you decide to go with the burgundy side for now.

However, there is a problem. You find out that the rug is infected with anthrax, botulism, ricin, and the bubonic plague. Faced with this horrible new information, you make the most logical and sensible choice: you flip the rug over and use the purple side. Right?

No! You drag the whole damn rug outside and throw it in the incinerator and buy a new rug from a different, and non-infected, store.

This is, more or less, the situation we find ourselves in, in current American politics. We have the 08 POTUS race upon us. We know that, realistically, one of two things will happen when all is said and done. We will have a Democratic president, or we will have a Republican president. The problem is that the two parties are simply two slightly different colored sides of the same infected, infested rug.

But until we, as a nation, face up to the fact that our election system is screwed up, and we get rid of the electoral college, among other changes, we’re stuck with buying the same damn rug, over and over again, from the same infected, infested dealership.

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