For those who live in the US, today is election day. Control of Congress is up for grabs, as well as many state governorships and legislatures. If you’ve been following the news — it’s rather impossible to avoid the subject — you’re aware of what’s going on.
Most of you know — and don’t like — your Curmudgeon’s political views. We stated them rather clearly in Creationism or Socialism: Which is Dumber?
We no longer have Democrats like John Kennedy or Republicans like Barry Goldwater. The parties have changed. In Open Letter to the Republican Party, #2, we discussed the rise of the “social conservatives” in the GOP, and said:
There was a time when the social conservatives were mostly Democrats. After they were “betrayed” by Johnson’s support for civil rights legislation, Nixon reached out to them and attracted them to the GOP (see Southern strategy). Barry Goldwater was appalled at what was happening. At one point he made a statement (regarding abortion and the nomination of a Supreme Court justice) that summed the whole situation up: “Every good Christian ought to kick Falwell right in the ass.” See Conservative pioneer became an outcast. But Goldwater was ignored, and now the party is run by people he described as a “bunch of kooks,” (same link as above).
The migration of the “social conservatives” from the Democrat to the Republican party has left the Democrats free to move to the Left. As a result, in the race for almost every significant office, the choice seems to be between imitations of Elmer Gantry and Vladimir Lenin.
So now your Curmudgeon is going to vote. As we do, we dedicate this post to another Intellectual Free-Fire Zone. You can talk about the elections or whatever else you like. We’re open for the discussion of pretty much anything — science, politics, economics, whatever — as long as it’s tasteful and interesting. Banter, babble, bicker, bluster, blubber, blather, blab, blurt, burble, boast — say what you will. But avoid flame-wars and beware of the profanity filters.
Okay, we now throw open the comments to you, dear reader. Have at it.
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