Some random thoughts on politics.

Sometimes I think about politics. Though living in the center of it, literally on Capitol Hill, I often purposefully disengage from the issues. I also admittedly have little faith in the system. While the democratic party offers more hope than usual this year, there are some fundamental things I just don’t think will change (Obama does support “clean coal” afterall–which, FYI, is possibly the most oxymoronic concept on earth, it should be called “kind of sort of a cleaner option for one of the dirtiest energy options known to humans”).

The Political Compass somewhat reaffirmed my fears in their analysis of where the US Primary candidates fall on the political compass, which consists of 4 quadrants: the y axis runs from very authoritarian (fascism) to very libertarian (anarchism) and the x axis from economically left (communism) to right (neo-liberalism). Based on some interesting questions you can see where you fall on the continuum (I’m about where Gandhi is), and in this case where our politicians fall.

While Dennis Kucinich and Ralph Nader are depicted on the extreme left in an American context, they would simply be mainstream social democrats within the wider political landscape of Europe. Similarly, Hillary Clinton is popularly perceived as a leftist in the United States while in any other western democracy her record is that of a mainstream conservative.

Interestingly, when you look at the difference between Clinton and Obama, there’s not much there. I will stand by my opinion that I think the difference is one of charisma and oratory–which I don’t think is inconsequential or not valuable. But I don’t think there’s a difference on fundamental political ideology or issues. And they’re both quite centrist, or even conservative, hence my inability to get too excited.

The second bit I’d like to share is courtesy of the Times and a lovely United States city: San Francisco

From the Department of Damned-With-Faint-Praise, a group going by the regal-sounding name of the Presidential Memorial Commission of San Francisco is planning to ask voters here to change the name of a prize-winning water treatment plant on the shoreline to the George W. Bush Sewage Plant.

The plan, naturally hatched in a bar, would place a vote on the November ballot to provide “an appropriate honor for a truly unique president.”

Finally people are starting to make some sense to me.

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One Response to “Some random thoughts on politics.”

  1. Nina Sanchez Says:

    He who stops oil speculation wins White House!

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