I Voted?

 

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And soon the craziness will be behind us.

EPISODE SCRIPT:

SFX: Guy going crazy

Do those crazy guy who walk down the street cursing to themselves — yelling and scaring everybody — do they think they’re the voice of reason? That they’re the reasonable people and it’s the rest of the world that’s insane.

I think they probably do.

And every time I put out a podcast, that thought is in the back of my mind.

SFX: Guy going crazy

Am I just a crazy guy yelling at myself in my closet?

And how would I know if I was? I mean seriously, would you tell me?

This is one of the many reasons why I rarely touch on politics. Another reason is that people don’t seem to talk about politics — they just yell slogans at each other until one somebody’s feelings get so hurt that they go home.

And this behavior is fueled by a host of pundits and spin masters soulless ghouls and other political operatives.

I’m sick to death of the general election and it seems to me that the everybody has gone a little crazy.

But then again, maybe it’s just me on my own personal sidewalk. Yelling in my personal closet.

SFX: Guy going crazy

But as I look at this mess, I am amazed at what a fetish we have made the presidency. And how very primitive and tribal this way of thinking really is. C’mon it’s not like we’re electing an Emperor. And even if we were, even the most powerful emperor is really only semi-potentiary.

So in an effort to walk down my own little street bellowing whatever sanity I can muster, and to put the grueling madness of an election year and a half behind me, I’m repodcasting one of the earliest episodes of the Seanachai which seems very appropriate on this election day.

It’s called the King of the Lendu.

<rebroadcast Lendu>

6 replies on “I Voted?”

  1. Unfortunately, I don’t think the craziness will ever truly be behind us. And also, yes, you are a crazy guy yelling to yourself in the closet, but we are all raptly listening, so I wouldn’t sweat it. Besides, is there anything so very unique about being crazy? As Twain noted, “There are no healthy minds, and nothing saves any man but accident–the accident of not having his malady put to the supreme test.”

  2. When you originally played the King of Lendu, I thought that it was an interesting perspective, but bound by the same fuzzy thinking that you were pointing out. While it is true that one person cannot actually do, or should take credit for, larger environmental, political, or economic changes or trends, the executive branch of a government does hold a huge amount of power, and can in fact do a good deal of good or ill with it. We have seen how an ideology and style of implementation from the head of a government can have huge repercussions throughout the system, and does effect people in major ways. Maybe the leader himself, is more of a symbolic figure, but humans need symbols and allegories to shape their emotional responses and understandings. In the case of the Presidency of the United States, what stand behind that symbol is real power. So, it matters who the president is.

  3. hey, no arguement that the presidency is important. All I’m saying is that it might not be as important as we think. The underlying fabric of reality — say the amount of rainfall — doesn’t change based on who holds an office. And all polticians everywhere have always promised things they could not deliver. It is the nature of the beast.

    My question is are we predisposed to think this way? And if we are, it is linda spooky.

  4. As it turns out, there’s not a real great way to go in and turn that ‘l’ into the ‘k’ it was always meant to be.

    Linda Spooky is good. Good catch. I she could also be the sidekick for my real life cousin, Kelly Panic.

  5. I laughed out loud (LOL) when I heard the “crazy guy” yell “Pilotless Drone!” in the background. Since first listening to your piece on that I have come across five more occurrences of “pilotless drone” in print. Pretty soon it will be accepted I suppose. Great work on the podcast. Good luck in shedding the day job!

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