I’m going to try an impossible stunt here on TUAK, just to see if I can. Not only sickened by the subject but sick of it, I’m going to stop talking about the election.
I will attempt to finish out this election season by not saying anything more about the two appalling lead candidates, one of which will certainly (barring divine or SMOD intervention) harm us all by becoming President of the United States. (wail!) I will not even mention the other funnier-because-harmless candidates.
This will be difficult. I may not succeed. But at least until I pop a blood vessel I will leave the topic with a quote that’s been making the rounds from our poet laureate, Douglas Adams…
“…On its world, the people are people. The leaders are lizards. The people hate the lizards and the lizards rule the people.”
“Odd,” said Arthur, “I thought you said it was a democracy.”
“I did,” said Ford. “It is.”
“So,” said Arthur, hoping he wasn’t sounding ridiculously obtuse, “why don’t people get rid of the lizards?”
“It honestly doesn’t occur to them,” said Ford. “They’ve all got the vote, so they all pretty much assume that the government they’ve voted in more or less approximates to the government they want.”
“You mean they actually vote for the lizards?”
“Oh yes,” said Ford with a shrug, “of course.”
“But,” said Arthur, going for the big one again, “why?”
“Because if they didn’t vote for a lizard,” said Ford, “the wrong lizard might get in.