so this update on the upcoming election comes in from moveon.org — listing candidates who are leading contenders in key races to keep some balance in our government, come november.
and sadly, one of the few listed here, paul wellstone (D-MN) has died today, in a plane crash along with family members, staffers, and the pilots. my heart goes out to the surviving family, this is a horrible tragedy. it’s also a political tragedy, because he was a man of integrity and principles. and he voted against the iraq resolution, in spite of being in a hotly contested race for re-election.
hey — some of my best friends are republicans. really. but, and no offense meant, i really don’t want control of the house, senate, and white house, all in the hands of one party. i worry.
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and, with that we return to regularly scheduled kd: lite, now in progress.
for the record i also worry about copycat snipers, hostages in theatres, psychotic fanatics in general, and a host of other things. i tend to avoid bringing up the tragedy du jour, becuase of the fact that these incidents are rife with opportunities to inflame the masses and anger and frighten them so badly they’ll react in the polls. also, every time the word terrorism is invoked, there is a little more fear in the world. when my co-worker came in my office to tell me about wellstone’s death, another co-worker, in passing, inquired, ‘terrorists?’ it’s like the first question we ask about anything.
i’m not ignoring terrorism. i’m just not contributing to the hysteria. there are enough people doing a bang-up job of that already.
i wasn’t going to be political. but here this is. i’m going to go back to being silly again, and then, i’m going to the dentist.