Chris Christie on why he won’t answer policy questions. (via think-progress)
Everyone remember when Team Romney used this excuse for not having any policies or plans they would lay out during the 2012 election? This is apparently the Republican playbook now: just straight up say, “No, I won’t tell you what I plan on doing with the power I’m asking for, because if you knew, you wouldn’t give it to me.”
So you’ll just have to pass the bills to find out what’s in them?
“But we have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it – away from the fog of the controversy.”
Y’know, because of the rampant, blatant, outright lies being perpetuated about what was actually included in the bill, when the people claiming that the bill was horrible even bothered to cite a reason why they objected to it in the first place.
And as it turns out? When you explain the contents of the bill to people without identifying it as Obamacare, people widely supported it and still support it… even if they still widely object to it when it’s referred to as “Obamacare.”
But hey, Republicans needed a verbal gaffe to turn into a meme, and who’d let a little thing like context or truth get in the way of discrediting one’s enemies?
Dude. I am far from Republican. That is a hurtful label and you should be fucking ashamed for flinging it at people like that.
I’m just noting that both Team Red and Team Blue seem reticent to come out and say what it is they want, for fear of the other team having more time to attack it before they can shove it down everyone’s throats. The point is not Team Red is better than Team Blue, it’s that the game is stacked to discourage discourse for the benefit of both teams while the folks in the stands wave their stupid signs in the background and boo at their chosen heel.
And you are a total fucking mark.
I never called you a Republican.
Being a mark requires that a person be unaware of what’s going on. Unaware that they’re a mark.
The voting system rewards incumbency. It encourages big-money donors. It mathematically pushes toward a two-party system that nobody’s happy with. And the current news cycle currently rewards an obsession with gaffes and sound-bytes and who’s “winning” over actual policy debates.
The theater of politics sucks. It’s easy to be jaded by it, to write it off as worthless because both teams are functionally interchangeable. But in a system where you’re a participant whether or not you choose to be, where one side benefits from boosting voter turnout while the other benefits from suppressing it, where both sides have distinct policy differences, and where the winners get to write the rules and pick the referees, the biggest mark of all is the person who’s convinced they’ve got it all figured out. The rube who knows that both sides are the same, looking for an excuse to justify their cynical apathy, to convince themselves that participation doesn’t change anything so their decision to check out doesn’t change anything either.