Island Dweller brings the 411:
Esteemed, great and awful majesty:
I recall a recent post by you relating to American voters and how they suck (by and large). Here is a story that’s a perfect example of how voters take everything about a candidate at face value and don’t do research into this person prior to voting (a few keystrokes would have uncovered virtually everything relating to the candidate, and word of mouth could have spread the news to those who didn’t own or understand computers).
Maybe the morons who voted for this guy without researching him can learn something about civics by mounting a recall drive against this man – if they’re not too lazy to do so. If he remains in office and behaves the way most of our politicians do, ignoring their electorates, maybe by doing so this guy can actually do them some good. Since he’ll be on the Community College Board (Esteemed Associate – please take note, in light of our discussions re:local Boards of Education) he might press immediately for a course or two on critical thinking.
The Czar edited this letter a bit to add a longer, more detailed link in lieu of a pull quote; he begs Island Dwellers indulgence in doing so.
But Island Dweller is right: if the average American voter spent a tenth as much time researching a voter as he or she does on Edmunds researching a potential car purchase, the country would instantly change for the better. And given that most politicians are in office for 4-6 years, you might wind up with a more costly politician for a longer period of time.
In other words, you would be hurt less by buying cars impulsively than by voting capriciously for officials. Dave Wilsons story is a good example. But there is another side effect to Dave Wilsons victory: he used the same tactics employed by many Democratic politicians. Even Barack Obama pretended to be something he wasnt to win independent votes. Kinda hurts, doesnt it?
Божію Поспѣшествующею Милостію Мы, Дима Грозный Императоръ и Самодержецъ Всероссiйскiй, цѣсарь Московскiй. The Czar was born in the steppes of Russia in 1267, and was cheated out of total control of all Russia upon the death of Boris Mikhailovich, who replaced Alexander Yaroslav Nevsky in 1263. However, in 1283, our Czar was passed over due to a clerical error and the rule of all Russia went to his second cousin Daniil (Даниил Александрович), whom Czar still resents. As a half-hearted apology, the Czar was awarded control over Muscovy, inconveniently located 5,000 miles away just outside Chicago. He now spends his time seething about this and writing about other stuff that bothers him.