I have this friend who is a well-regarded member of his profession, but the man has a mental age of about 12. He is completely unable to think critically about the world around him, but unfortunately is quite competent when it comes to finding and forwarding emails that are full of nonsense. I think we all know someone like this.
He is conservative and a supporter of our esteemed President. Thus, about every 20 minutes he shotgun-forwards a message containing various slanderous charges against John Kerry and Democrats in general. My favorite was the one claiming Bill Clinton forced Israel to release a bus-bomber named Mohamed Atta from prison, so 9/11 was Clinton’s fault. This tale was corrected a few days after 9/11 when someone discovered that the bus-bomber Atta and the 9/11 Atta were two different guys. When I brought this to my friend’s attention, he said, “Hey, you’re taking it too seriously. I’m just joking around.” Yeah, I’m fucking dying laughing, you old pile of mashed potatoes.
The latest one was a list of great things old people do or have done, and bad things young people do or have done. It said that old people aren’t the ones who took God out of the schools. Actually, the Lemon decision, which is the most important one related to religion in schools, was made by the Supreme Court in 1971. The birthdates of the majority in that case ranged from 1886 (Hugo Black) to 1917 (Byron White), so they would be from 87 to 118 years old today, if they hadn’t all died of old age already. But hey, he’s only joking around.
So much for an informed electorate. What really pisses me off is that I know he’ll vote, and I know who he’ll vote for, and I know that his vote will cancel out my vote. Long live democracy.