Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Reality Politics: Part 1

If you have been paying attention over the last, oh say year, you may have come to the realization that an election is coming up. Actually, there’s been so much coverage that babies are coming out of the womb with firm opinions about the next presidential election. This is obviously not true, because if it were, politicians would be aggressively advertising to the unborn.

“Do you know where your diapers will be made? Are you concerned about the rising costs of rattles, pacifiers, and those annoying popper things you push around? Do you wonder what will the world be like when you finally arrive?”

“If so, vote for me, Bob SoAndSo, the only candidate who truly understands the needs of the not-yet born.”

“This inter-uterine message has been approved by me, Bob SoAndSo.”

NOTE: This would imply that television signals can be beamed at fetuses, which would probably be bad in several ways.

Anyhow, the basic problem with the upcoming election and indeed, any election, is that politicians lie. Well, maybe not all of them, but even the ones who don’t have had every word sanitized for maximum impact and minimum chance of offending anybody. You’re not so much voting for a politician, rather you’re voting for a finely honed product that the campaign managers think you’ll like.

NOTE: Yes, I am slightly cynical.

Therefore, you can’t get a good feel for the person. You can’t judge who’s truly got strength of character, who would make a good leader, who would cry when Bambi’s mother got shot, or who screams like a girl.

What we really need is a way to view these men and women off-camera, so to speak, where we can learn what they’re really about.

Ladies and gentleman, I have the answer.

Reality Politics

Tomorrow: The Idea


elizaw said...

Reality politics...

You know, sadly enough, I think you might just have something there.

Anonymous said...

Yeah, reality politics. super idea.

We start with 20 politicians and each week we vote one off the island. No campaign managers aloud, they must stand on their own feet.

Last one standing is president! wee!

Good for 2 reasons. We get to see who these guys really are without the profesional PR spinners and we also the whole campaign cycle lasts only 20 weeks instead of 2 fricken years now. Super idea!

You are a genius :)

Jason Janicki said...

But wait, there's more!

Thanks :)