Start Making Sense
Posted by Lileks on Nov 4, 2008
I got an email from David Byrne. Since I signed up to get a free MP3 from his website, this means I am automatically simpatico to the portions of his worldview that do not involve moving fingers across the surfaces of strings and keys, and hence am eager to hear from him.
Pardon the bulk mailing. I Can’t Vote. I am an immigrant with a Green Card and, therefore, I am not eligible to vote in a federal election.
Pardon the bulk mauling, David, but I Can’t Care. You’re a fifty-six year old man who’s been in the country since 1960. Take the citizenship test already. It’s easy. No questions like “My God. What have I done?
FYI - I can get drafted (luckily, Daniel Berrigan burned my draft board’s records) and I pay taxes, yet I cannot vote for President.
You can get drafted if there is a draft, and they change the rules to hoover up the geezers, but otherwise, relax. As for paying your taxes yet being unable to vote for President, well, sorry, but we call that citizenship. Just because someone goes to France and buys a candy bar doesn’t mean their VAT contribution enables them to have a voice in EU policy.
On Election Day, I see my neighbors heading to the nearby elementary school to cast their ballots. The voting booth joint is a great leveler; the whole neighborhood - rich, poor, old, young, decrepit and spunky - they all turn out in one day.
True, and that’s nice.
But most of you can vote. What can I say? The Republicans have made us less safe than before 9/11
Says the man writing from a city that hasn’t been hit since . . . oh, the date slips my mind. Nine – one – something or other.
started an illegal war they can’t - and don’t intend to - finish, removed what sympathy (after 9/11) and respect the world had for the US, and have robbed US citizens of many of their basic rights. Global warming? What’s that? Science and education? Investment in our future? No, thanks - we’ll stick with a good ‘ole hockey mom. Ignorant, and f*cking proud of it, as is always the case.
(Asterisk added to keep the site from being banned for naughty language.) Since Mr. Byrne is not ignorant and f*cking proud of it, as is always the case, he surely knows that Alaska has the high(est) total per capita spending on education, and New York is sixth. Alaska is ranked #10 in per capita higher ed spending; New York is # 46. And if he thinks John McCain says “what’s that” to Global Warming, he might not have approached this election with an overabundance of facts
Although it looks like a shoo-in, it ain’t over ’til Florida. And there are plenty of racists in this country who will vote against their own best interests.
Persuasive gentleman, isn’t he? We need smarter, more informed racists! Mr. Byrne, I love your music and think you’re brilliant. I will be proud to call you a fellow citizen. See you at the voting booth next time! I’ll even spot you the mid-terms. Four years. Start studying! Hint: there are only 50 states. It looks like a trick question, but it’s not.
_@_v - needless to say i'm on lileks' side on this one. i especially love that leftist canard that we "removed what sympathy (after 9/11) and respect the world had for the US".
bullshit - the world never had any real respect for us americans. brutalitarian dictators like hugo chavez, robert mugabe and vladimir putin routinely get a free pass because all the problems in the world are america's fault because only america sins.