Map of life expectancy at birth from Global Education Project.

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

The real divide in American politics

No doubt you've seen this elsewhere, it's gotten a bit of blogospheric circulation. United States Senator Rick Santorum explains the Iraq war this way: "As the hobbits are going up Mount Doom, the Eye of Mordor is being drawn somewhere else. It’s being drawn to Iraq and it’s not being drawn to the U.S. You know what? I want to keep it on Iraq. I don’t want the Eye to come back here to the United States."

Then there was the falafel master mustering his vast knowledge of medicine to reassure us that pregnancy never has any life-threatening complications; the bizarre finding of Jeff Stein, as reported on the NY Times op-ed page, that the vice chairman of the House intelligence subcommittee on technical and tactical intelligence, and the chair of a House intelligence subcommittee charged with overseeing the C.I.A.’s performance in recruiting Islamic spies and analyzing information, don't know the difference between a Sunni and a Shiite or which is which. Then there is Republican educational policy -- that children must be taught the controversy about whether the earth is less than 10,000 years old or not, which I have also wasted all of our time talking about. And of course yesterday I discussed the profundity of RNC propagandist John Stossel on health care policy. I could take this straight to the top of the banana tree (see portrait, above), if I wanted to, but you get the idea.

So that's it then. It's not about red states and blue states, or liberals and conservatives, or values voters and coastal degenerates, or who is "serious" when it comes to foreign policy. It's about the people who have a clue, vs. those who don't know their ass from Crater Lake. It's about having one neuron to rub against another. The election on November 7 is between people who have at least a vague grasp of reality, and people who don't. This, in the most powerful nation on earth.

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