Critical Section

I wish it was over

Friday,  10/29/04  05:20 PM

I don't know about you, but personally I can't wait until this election is over.  Of course it probably won't be over next Tuesday either, more's the pity.  As we get closer to the election, I find my blood boiling on a daily basis.  We seem to have lost civility and reason this time around.  I have my point of view, you have yours, let's respectfully exchange views and make our own decisions.  But let's not tell lies.  Let's not exaggerate things, and spin everything one way or another.  Let's not call each other names.  Let's make an effort to understand each other's point of view, even if we disagree with it.

I find that some of the people I've been friends with and colleagues and neighbors - people I've been close to for a long time - have suddenly gone crazy.  (As well as bloggers I read daily.)  They act as if their candidate is the only answer, and the other candidate is horrible.  They act as if anyone who disagrees with them must be an idiot.  The level of discourse has reached bottom, and continues to dig down through the mud.

No matter who wins, we're friends, we're Americans, we're humans, we need to live and work together.  It feels like bridges are burning left and right.  No matter who wins this country is going to be divided.  And why?  I have to admit, Bush and Kerry are pretty different.  But if you're anything like me, you don't agree with 100% of either candidate.  Most people are somewhere in the middle, or off on another axis, or something.  Are we really that far apart?

The terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, were horrible and senseless.  There is no justification for them, at all.  In the days and weeks following the attacks, the country pulled together; bipartisan efforts led to bipartisan progress.  It was good.  So what happened?  Have we forgotten already?  Today a video message allegedly from Osama Bin Ladin was broadcast.  Look at the reaction.  Everyone is giving their opinion, everyone is spinning.  This man is our sworn enemy.  He directed attacks on civilians in the U.S. without provocation, killing thousands of people, affecting thousands of families, causing billions of dollars in damages, altering our world.  Can't we simply condemn him and everything he represents, completely and totally, without making it a partisan issue?

this date in:
About Me

Greatest Hits
Correlation vs. Causality
The Tyranny of Email
Unnatural Selection
On Blame
Try, or Try Not
Books and Wine
Emergent Properties
God and Beauty
Moving Mount Fuji
The Nest
Rock 'n Roll
IQ and Populations
Are You a Bright?
Adding Value
The Joy of Craftsmanship
The Emperor's New Code
Toy Story
The Return of the King
Religion vs IQ
In the Wet
solving bongard problems
visiting Titan
unintelligent design
the nuclear option
estimating in meatspace
second gear
On the Persistence of Bad Design...
Texas chili cookoff
almost famous design and stochastic debugging
may I take your order?
universal healthcare
triple double
New Yorker covers
Death Rider! (da da dum)
how did I get here (Mt.Whitney)?
the Law of Significance
Holiday Inn
Daniel Jacoby's photographs
the first bird
Gödel Escher Bach: Birthday Cantatatata
Father's Day (in pictures)
your cat for my car
Jobsnotes of note
world population map
no joy in Baker
vote smart
exact nonsense
introducing eyesFinder
to space
where are the desktop apps?
still the first bird
electoral fail
progress ratches
2020 explained