Posted on | July 12, 2006 |
No new articles on this, it’s just that I think this is a REALLY important issue. We have a strange outlook on things in the US. We HATE poor losers. But we LOVE POOR WINNERS. What’s a poor winner? Someone with no class, who does the brag dance, who thinks he has the right to perform the action of the REAL name of the town in the cartoon on his opponent. It’s just as bad sportsmanship as poor losing, but because we worship winners and demand winning SO much, we not only forgive the winner’s bad sportsmanship without batting an eye, we revel in it ourselves as if we had personally won the contest.
Now this behavior has been integrated into our conduct of elections. The winners of an election NOW have the right to rearrange their state’s districts to ensure not only that the winning party keeps its seats, but will gain MORE seats at the next election. True, it’s bipartisan…it means the same for a state held by one party or the other. But, where is the majority right now? The party that led us into war? That screwed the budget to favor the rich? That is turning its back on the environment because it will mean lower profits? Will it be this party that is our defacto ruling party from now on, with no hope of turning the rascals out, because they can rearrange the districting to protect themselves? This is how democracy ends…with a round of applause.
Oh, I decided to try for a TV cartoon effect in today’s cartoon…hope it worked out.