10 reasons not to become politically active this year

The pervasive ridiculousness of the American political landscape circa 2009-2010 has become so desensitizing, it’s tempting to unplug. Just let the barbarians go wild.

In that spirit, here are 10 reasons not to become politically active (or even well aware) this year:

1) Take a stance on a significant issue and you risk being lumped in with the fringe crazies on your side. For instance, maybe you’re not in favor of federal health care reform but you view with alarm those who describe it as a Communist plot to imprint the United States with one-world socialism. Or, perhaps you like the idea of federal health care reform but you despise the politicians enriching themselves by sucking up to lobbyists who are protecting key industries from real reform.

2) Speak your mind in any setting, and thereby annoy or alienate friends, neighbors and coworkers who have been listening to the talk radio and TV wind tunnels demonize the fringe elements of your side.

3) If you’re glad the health care legislation passed, get called a “baby killer” even though the pro-abortion provisions were cut and President Obama issued an executive order reinforcing the longstanding federal policy prohibiting government funding of abortion.

4) If you agree that government spending is out of control and the president and Congress aren’t doing anything about it, get ready to be branded a “tea bagger” who’s storing guns and ammo in preparation for the coming revolution against the satanic commies who are running Washington.

5) Interested in participating in the Utah Republican nominating process? Pay no attention to the good-old-boys “this is the candidate we’re picking” deals being cut behind the curtain. Feel like right-wing Sen. Bob Bennett is a good representative of hard-right conservative positions? Well, good luck trying to filter the noise from the troop of opponents who say they’re the true right-wingers and Bennett’s a clone of Mao.

6) Want to help the Democrats make a comeback in the Legislature and county and state offices? Rent a cab for your meetings and don’t forget to call Washington for your orders from the Antichrist.

7) When a Democrat gets caught in a sex scandal (Bill Clinton, John Edwards, many others), well, of course! That’s merely proof the Left is depraved and godless with no family values.

8 ) If it’s a GOP office-holder dabbling in some “free love” (Sanford, Ensign, Vitter, Kevin Garn’s naked hot-tubbing, and many others), yes, what a bunch of moral-standards hypocrites.

9) You will feel no need to watch right-wing dopes in full glory.

10) You will have no interest in being reminded of leftist loons in equal flower.

I’ll post later about the flip side: 10 reasons why you should become well-informed and stay engaged this year.

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4 Responses to 10 reasons not to become politically active this year

  1. Doug Gibson says:

    The Bennett situation is similar to Arizona where Sen. McCain may lose a primary to ex-Rep. JD Hayworth, whose trying to ride the political wave this year. Guess who has no interest in sponsoring immigration reform this year … McCain. Sigh.

  2. This is what happens when both parties use fearmongering and polarizing talking heads to take over (hello Palinites, Beckies, and Limbaughnators). I have never been an anarchist but it seems to be looking better all the time to have NO leaders than the ones we have ;)

  3. arc says:

    Bennett: I guess the $2 million and the last year didn’t work

    In March of 2009 Senator Bob Bennett was rated one of the ten most liberal Republicans in the Senate by Human Events based on the American Conservative Union Ratings for 2008.

    Why Bennett spent $2 million to convince voters he is Conservative is beyond me?

    I guess he is now going to start spending money saying he will save our money from being spent.

    I believe that Cherilyn Eagar is the only one running who has supported and been active in fighting for conservative values for the last 30 years at the local, state, national and international level. [That includes Bennett]


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