I just got back from vacation, and I spent the last several hours catching up on my favorite blogs and news sites. Since spending any more than a few hours away from American politics only makes it seem ridiculous when you get back to it, I'm stuck pondering a few stupid questions.
1. How is the fact that only one out of nine Supreme Court justices is female the result of anything other than systemic sexism? I suppose one could explain it away by simply saying that women are intellectually inferior to men, but doesn't that just prove the systemic sexism?
By the same token, how do we explain the fact that there's never been an openly queer Supreme Court justice other than citing systemic homophobia?
2. Is there any way for American politicians to prove their independent cred other than by talking about how conservative they are?
3. Why do Americans eat sick pigs that shit on each other and have to be shot full of hormones and antibiotics just to be able to walk to the slaughter? And is anyone surprised that those pigs' unsanitary and cramped living conditions could lead to new epidemics?
4. If we assume that the conservative argument against government-run health care is correct, that single-payer health care eliminates choice, is inefficient, costs too much, reduces access, and kills people, then how could creating a public option to compete with private health care destroy the industry? Wouldn't people just rationally choose a private insurance plan because they'd never want to hear the words "I'm from the government and I'm here to help you"?
5. Does the American media and political elite actually think that other countries are impressed by the fact that we'll lose our heads in a crisis, disappear and torture anyone we please, and invade a country based on false premises just because we scare easily? Do they really believe that taking no steps to prevent that from happening again will make us less of a target for future attacks?
6. Not only is part of our next generation of top lawyers being taught to analyze the law by a sociopath/careerist who helped formulate official torture policy, another part of that generation is learning from a professor who's obsessed with the president's choice of mustard. How do these people get these jobs? Do these schools think that hiring conservatives will help expand their students' horizons or something?
7. Secession? Seriously?
8. The UK banned Michael Savage from entering their country. Why can't we do the same?
OK, if someone could just explain all that to me, I think that I'd be far less confused and more hopeful about the future.
It's just me, right?
(I'm only kidding on the last one. I know that no one else would be willing to take Michael Savage.)