Enthusiasm Gap

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It is a well known phenomenon that medical school students, when learning about diseases, often believe they are afflicted with the very ailment they are studying.  Similarly, it is almost human nature, that when we hear what we deem to be an interesting term, we think it must apply to us.  Probably taking this pathology into account, some evil genius in 2010 thought up this Enthusiasm Gap nonsense.    

The narrative was that Republican voters were just more enthusiastic about voting in 2010;  Democrats were just so upset about not getting a public option with health care, Barack Obama wasn’t running for office and heck, you’re just tired, after all, Democrats put forth an enormous effort, against all odds getting Obama elected, you just couldn’t  get excided about voting for congress.  Funny thing though, the news models thought this actually had some validity and went on reporting night after night how Democrats were probably going to stay home, because they just weren’t enthusiastic about voting.  Add to that, the fact that they were able to convince us that we were mad at the Democrats in congress and they needed to be taught a lesson.  As it turns out, most people, particularly when convince they are doing something intelligent by doing nothing at all, will do just that.  Consequently, democracy fell into that Enthusiasm Gap and congress fell into the hands of the ultra-right-wing-tea-party-infused-do-nothing-hate-machine.

Oddly enough, the Enthusiasm Gap nonsense has started again.  You fell for that crap one time already America.  In the now infamous words of George W. Bush, fool me once, shame on, … shame on you,... fool me you can’t get fooled again.”  If you are not excited about voting, get over it.  Chances are, if you’re not excited, its because you’re scared.  You saw what happened under the eight years of Republican reign under George W. Bush.  You saw the U.S. housing market crash.  You saw the automotive market crash. You saw Wall Street crash and you almost saw the world economy crash. Even if you are for some reason upset with Barack Obama (and I can’t imagine why. Oh wait, his stance on same sex marriage?  News flash, if you don’t think gays should marry, don’t marry a gay! Problem solved) still you can’t believe that Romney would actually do anything to help anyone that isn’t filthy rich already.  If voting needs to be fun for you, wear your Halloween costume to the polling place.

If at this point, you are still undecided, who you are going to vote for, you seriously need to take stock in your intellect.  It’s not like both candidates are alike, its not like you’re voting for the lesser of two evils.  These candidates are FUNDAMENTALLY different.  Barack Obama has been president for four years, so you know what to expect.  If you like the fact that it’s now easier for you to get medical insurance, particularly if you have a preexisting condition, if you like the fact that the war in Iraq is over and the war in Afghanistan is winding down, if you like the fact that he has appointed two women to the Supreme Court of the United States, if you like the fact that he issued an executive order to let hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants who came to the United States as children remain in the country without fear of deportation and be able to work, then expect more of the same in the next four years, Barack Obama is your candidate. Mitt Romeny in contrast, has pledged to defund plan parenthood, overturn Rowe v Wade, repeal Obamacare, eradicate the Public Broadcasting System, lower taxes for the ultra rich by 20% (Mitt paid less than 15% last year, that means we’d end up paying him 5%), reverse don’t ask don’t tell, reduce public sector employment, cut public education and increase military spending.  It’s also likely that he’ll declare war with Iran (probably preemptive, his republican predecessor having set the precedent).  True, if you watched the debate, Mitt Romney had a different stance on virtually every one of these issues, but these are things he’s said in the recent past and if you’re reading this blog post, you necessarily  have the tools to either verify or discredit anything you’ve read here.  Google it!

Bottom line, forget the polls, forget the enthusiasm gap, forget Bill O’Reilly, forget Ed Schultz.  If you are undecided, you have an important decision to make.  Arm yourself with your acuity of mind and independent of what the pundits say you should believe, decide what is in your self interest and vote accordingly. You can’t vote against the President because anybody’s better than Obama.  Thinking like that brought Hitler into power.  You can’t vote for the other guy, because he’s going to put those ‘no-good-shiftless-lazy-takers’ in their place. Again, Hitler.

If you still don’t have an opinion, you don’t have enough information, but you have at your disposal a vast a boundless stream from which to draw knowledge.  In less than 60 seconds, you can find on the internet, 50 references for almost anything you can imagine. In less than 20 minutes you can weed through that selection and find an unbiased source that you trust.  If you are uninformed, its because you want to be.  If you proceed to the polls, uninformed, guided only by the talking points of blabbering idiots,  you might as well play Russian roulette.