I’ve Got Better Things To Do

Sunni Maravillosa points to a guest editorial in the Seattle PI:

Besides, don’t you find it somehow empowering to see your neighbors voting? Isn’t it a good reminder that we’re all in this together? I’ve always thought that the polling station is one of those few places where you can actually see democracy working in its pure form.

Our lives are so complex. Shouldn’t we at least keep a special day with a simple, distinct ritual that symbolizes the system we’re proud of?

I think we owe it to ourselves to do that.

The shallow bubbly praise of voting contrasts quite nicely with the fact that it was only a few months ago that the Washington State Governor’s race was a front-page fiasco, don’t you think?

“You can’t beat going to the polls”, says the valiant pundit. I think I in fact can:

I could wash my car in the rain
Change my new guitar strings
Mow the yard just the same
As I did yesterday
I don’t need to waste my time
Crying over you
I’ve got better things to do

Maybe when I don’t have so much going
Or quite so many irons in the fire
I’ll take the time to miss you like you’re hoping
But now I can’t put forth the effort it requires
Well I’d love to talk to you
But then I’d miss Donahue
That’s right I’ve got better things to do

Check the air in my tires
Straighten my stereo wires
Count the stars in the sky
Or just get on with my life
I don’t need to waste my time
Crying over you
I’ve got better things to do
I’ve got better things to do yeah
— Terri Clark, I’ve Got Better Things To Do

7 thoughts on “I’ve Got Better Things To Do”

  1. I take it the same Starkman dink who offered this assessment of his fellow man (Bush voters specifically) just this past January:


    You know these people; they’re all around you (they’re not you, else you would not be reading this article this far). They’re the ones who keep the puerile shows on TV, who appear as regular recipients of the Darwin Awards, who raise our insurance rates by doing dumb things, who generally make life much more miserable for all of us than it ought to be. Sad to say, they comprise a substantial minority — perhaps even a majority — of the populace.

    He’s getting exactly the government he deserves. Good and hard, as Mencken might have said.

  2. Holy crap, Jay, that’s hilarious:

    It’s the “Stupid factor,” the S factor: Some people — sometimes through no fault of their own — are just not very bright.

    The people I’m referring to cannot understand the phenomenon of cause and effect. They’re perplexed by issues comprising more than two sides. They don’t have the wherewithal to expand the sources of their information. And above all — far above all — they don’t think.

    At least he doesn’t blame himself…

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