April 2014
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Notes on the Recent Election and Punditry

Over the last several years, I’ve come to realize something.

Political punditry is a gigantic waste of time.

This website is a gigantic waste of time.

Looking back on the archives, examining current events, and drawing upon my own life experience, if there’s one thing I know beyond any shadow of doubt, it’s that arguments don’t change minds.  And, unfortunately, information doesn’t change minds either.

With that in mind, I will be repurposing this website over time to reflect my own changing interests outside of analyzing the news.

There are plenty of blogs and opinion sites out there whose sole purpose is to recontextualize news articles to fit a narrative, analyze reporting to point out bias, or reinforce your viewpoint.  That’s fine.  But that’s a waste of time, too.  What the recent election has taught us is that America isn’t a center-right nation, nor is it populated by citizen voters informed about the issues and ready to cast ballots based on careful consideration of the direction the country is heading.  This election was about Big Bird, binders, and bayonets.  And the voters are more concerned about receiving government checks, sticking it to the rich, and who Beyonce supports than they are about fundamental liberties, business-strangling regulations, and government takeover of 1/6th of the economy in the form of ObamaCare.

It’s time for the pundits to go out and get real jobs.  They were wrong about everything and they cannot be trusted.  They gravely misjudged who the American people have become, and misinterpreted every sign imaginable as to where the majority plan to take the United States.  This should not have been a close election.

I’ve read article after article about how the GOP has to communicate better to Latinos, to young people, to women, to other minorities.  If these voting blocs don’t already understand why we, as a free people, need less government intrusion into daily life in order to stay a free people, then they are missing a fundamental thing: character.  You can’t give out character in a speech or a party platform.  You can’t inform individuals who aren’t interested in the lofty but graspable ideals that the United States of America was founded upon.  You can only pander to them.

For my part, I’ll continue to stay informed about the issues of the day; it’s the proper thing to do.  But what I won’t do any longer is read the words of men and women who make their living through sophistry.  And that’s the pundit’s game: sophistry.  It’s time for them to go.  Thousands of emperors without clothes, the lot.

We still have an advocacy news media in this country, but it is slowly advocating itself out of business.  It can’t happen fast enough.  My disgust over the 2012 election results isn’t for the socialist radicals currently holding the reins in the Senate and Oval Office, but for the buffoons who covered for them and continue to provide them cover.  They are a fifth column in this country, and should be treated with deserved scorn and ridicule until the last of them fades into deserved obscurity.

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