Bill Clinton's views on voting

It's always good to give credit where credit's due. Accordingly, I've got to give Bill Clinton his due for his interview on "The View". What he had to say about voting is very worthy of note. It also, by implication, illustrates why the smearing of Sarah Palin is so fundamentally immoral.

Giving "the devil his due", the man is nothing if not articulate and charming. Like Sarah Palin, he's a political "10" — as far as raw talent goes. I would love to see him in a serious intellectual and philosophical debate, as opposed to a "political"1 dialogue. Following is a pertinent part of what he said.

"Voting is a complicated process. We give our allegiances to candidates and parties and issues for all kinds of reasons. We vote for some people because we like them even though we disagree with them. We vote for some people because we identify with them on race or gender. We vote for some people because we identify with them on this issue and it's more important than these four issues. It's not an entirely rational process, and it's different for everybody."

"You can't tell someone else that the ground on which they make their voting decision is irrational even if it's against their economic interests . . . Because, look, none of us define our lives primarily, or exclusively, in economic terms. The purpose of having a good economy . . . is because it empowers us to define our lives in the ways that really matter. But it's not what really matters [most] to us — unless we don't have it. If you've been without a job, you can't feed your kids . . . then it's the most important thing in the world. Once you get to a certain threshhold, then you want to create a life. You want to fashion it based on your values, your dreams, what you want for your kids . . . So I think we can't tell anybody that they don't know what they're doing because they voted for X candidate instead of Y."

Amen, there, Brother Slick! Now if we could only forget how you, Hillary and your smarmy surrogates and followers raised the politics of personal destruction to new heights of subtlety and destructiveness. If we could only forget about how you were so willing, even eager, to divide the whole country over your blind and dogged determination to escape the natural consequences (e.g. resignation or impeachment) of your disgracing the high office of President (and your obligations as "Role Model In Chief" for America's children) with that stupid blue dress and your wannabe-clever — ("that depends on what the meaning of 'is' is") — perjury and obstruction of justice.

Then again, if that's not enough, there's always the highly polarizing issue of steal-and-redistribute fascism vs. individual freedom, self-ownership and self-determination.

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FOOTNOTES

1. Always remember, "politics" = person or group A trying to persuade person or group B to obey the will of A, most frequently for the personal financial benefit of A and to the personal financial detriment (higher taxes) of B. That is why deception = the so-called "art" of politics. That is also why "politician" = professional deceiver.

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