||[Jan. 17th, 2006, 04:13 am]
I originally intended to write about the new draft of the GPL. However, something happened that I honestly never thought would: a well-known politician spoke, at length, about a crisis in the United States political system. Al Gore's speech is available from the Druge Report.
Please take the time to read the speech.
I am now depressed for one simple reason: if Al Gore is writing this, it means samfu is right - our political system is beyond repair - and I shouldn't bother to vote anymore. Let me explain my reasoning... Al Gore was a vice-president for eight years and a presidential candidate. This means, with deference to an elected president, he was as deeply embedded in one of the two parties as is possible. This indicates to me our representatives are aware of, at least, some of the flaws and will not or can not solve them.
Both realities - will not and can not - seem equally likely. We have a dangerous mix of a generally uneducated voting populace, a complacent media, and financial benefits for political power. I write each of those with some hesitance as each statement is significant and can be buoyed with evidence.
- Ad hominem attacks on the messenger.
- Thanks for me making someone else's vote worth more.