A woman heard on the radio said she plans to vote for Barack Obama in the primary election. Now, gentle reader, what do you think her reason was? Try to think of a plausible reason to vote for Obama.
She might have said, "I like that he does not put his hand on his heart when the National Anthem plays. This tells me he understands that America is a racist, imperialist, fascist state that starts wars with third world countries in order to rape them of their natural resources." I would disagree with her Marxist-Leninist boilerplate, but I would accept it as an honest, pseudo-intellectual answer. At least she would be thinking in ideological terms, however wrong the ideology was.
She might have said, "Obama is a progressive with extremely liberal ideas and I want to remake America on the European socialist model." Again, we disagree, but I respect the answer.
Or she might have said, "Obama would be the first black president and that would be a powerful step forward for social justice in a country that has a legacy of slavery, racism and hatred." Although I still disagree, I can kinda, sorta understand what she's getting at. Again, she would have an idea, though a wrong one.
But she said nothing near these reasons for her vote. She plans to vote for Obama because Matt Damon is voting for him. A Hollywood actor is determining her vote.
Perhaps, several thousand years from now, the epitaph for Western Civilization will read:
They allowed morons to vote.
And the wise souls of the next civilization will nod and think, "It is no wonder they died."
I experienced another Adventure In Dining today. This time it was a Vietnamese restaurant. I ordered sweet and sour duck, as I have enjoyed Peking duck in the past.
It was bad. The sweet and sour sauce was nothing like what you normally get in Chinese restaurants, but was a thin, bland liquid. The duck meat was dark, fatty and had a strange aftertaste. I think of that aftertaste as Daffy Duck's Revenge.