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Political schizophrenia - The Phantom Librarian
Spewing out too many words since November 2003
Political schizophrenia
Can we just have a party for centrists? Peel off the centrists from both major parties, let them run, and let the fringies have the old ones.

My mother wasn't quite a hippie, but she was a peacenik, and she recently told me that when I was a baby, she took me to a Vietnam war protest in my stroller, with a picket sign taped to it. I used to be taken to the voting booth with my mother when I was little, so she could show me how to do it, and I was raised with the dictum, "If you don't vote, then you have no right whatsoever to then turn around complain about the government." More succinctly, and I think my mother wanted this carved in stone over the school door, "Voting is not a right. It is a responsibility."

I have a problem.

The parties keep nominating people who just plain don't interest me. I finally joined a party (Republican, to my mother's annoyance ;)), so I can vote in primaries, but the major push seems to be toward finding the shrillest people going, the ones who pound the podium hardest and yell at the other team the longest.

This annoys me. I'd like to have reasonable, well-spoken, intelligent people in office. There are platform planks that are important to me, mainly dealing with education and foreign policy issues, but quite honestly if a candidate holds all of my views but is publicly nasty to his opponents, I'm very likely to register a protest vote for a small party rather than actually voting for him. Show some class, please!

I also have a problem in that I'm politically schizophrenic. I believe in standardized testing and am against bilingual ed, but I want more money for art education and consider it more important to master critical thinking skills than to memorize a textbook. (Though, don't get me wrong, I think facts are important--I just disagree with the part of "Back to Basics" that doggedly refuses to go beyond them, to see patterns and make good evaluations.) And that's just on education. Trust me, there are other issues.

I really would like to skim off the rational, reasonable people from both parties and create a new centrist party, instead of dealing with candidates who pander to a centrist vote to get elected, then find themselves obliged to extremist ends of the parties who supported them.

Oh, oops. Have to cut this a bit short. Maybe more next time.

Giving in to temptation, I'm going to promo one of my fics with every post. I know, not attractive, but it's my journal, so I'm going to do it anyway.

Today's is a Star Wars fic, written not long after TPM came out. It features twelve-year-old Luke Skywalker and his friend Camie, and an adventure involving a krayt dragon.


I did a cover for it at TFN.

I feel a bit...: calm calm

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thewhiteowl From: thewhiteowl Date: January 9th, 2004 02:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oooh, another person with my sort of political views. I'm afraid to say that I didn't vote in the last local Assembly elections we had, because A)It would have involved travelling back to my home constituency in the middle of the university week B) The Assembly isn't even RUNNING at the minute and C)I don't fully agree with ANY of the parties' manifestos (manifesta?)

Anyway, I for one will not be sorry to see your wonderful fics promoted :D Lovely artwork for Dragonslayer...what a cute little Lukie ;)
ladyaeryn From: ladyaeryn Date: January 9th, 2004 07:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
Heck, that's what LJs are for (partly, anyway). They work wonderfully well for the shameless promoting. :D

(*can't believe she never noticed Padme in that cover art before*)
From: (Anonymous) Date: January 10th, 2004 01:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
The LiveJournal looks preety interesting, Fern. I've checked out a few others here and there -- some have been interesting, others seem to be there just to entertain a bored cybergeek with too much time on his/her hands! Actually, it looks like fun, but I have the feeling I'd have the same problem I have when *gasp* I talk to people on the phone -- suddenly, I can't think of a damn thing to say! (Can I say damn on your LiveJournal?)

I love the cover for Dragonslayer. Luke and Camie, hmmm. :-)

Stay warm!

fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: January 10th, 2004 01:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yes, DD, you can say "damn" on my LJ. Even if no one else were allowed to say "damn" on my LJ (they are), you can say pretty much anything you damn well want to in any domain under my control. :D

Yup, Luke and Camie. Hmmm. :) Glad you like the cover.

I'm not sure what I'm going to do with this on a permanent basis, but it's fun, and I can comment non-anonymously in journals with a better grasp of the concept of "focus" than I seem to have... It's getting easier to initiate.
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