It’s election ramp-up time! We’re mumble months out and the commercials have begun. So let’s talk about politics! Yay!
I can’t much care about politics on a Federal level in the Midterm elections because the Federal Government has turned into an Insurance company protected by a large and well-funded standing army. I cannot vote to get the US Government to represent my views on Basic Research or Climate Change or anything so I’ve just sort of table flipped there. On the local level, though, my vote still carries a teeny tiny bit of weight.
In my old age, on the state level, I’ve become a single issue voter. I used to pay attention to the postures and positions of the various candidates and vote liberal anyway. But now a days, I only care about one issue: roads.
Here’s what I want out of my representatives and government who take my state and county taxes:
- Build roads
- Fix bridges
- Fix potholes
- Maintain roads
- Employ our friends, Civil Engineers
Here’s what I don’t want out of my representatives and government on the state level: much anything else.
My thinking works like this:
… if you’re super into building and maintaining roads …
… you’re probably super into building roads that go useful places or get people to useful places …
… so you might even be interested in those useful places and the people who work there …
… so you might like, oh, say, schools and hospitals and ambulances and the ability for police to answer 911s …
… you might even be interested in some more interesting things like electric car charging stations or running municipal fiber at the outside …
… so, in general, you like modern human civilization.
And thus, I will vote for you. A vote for roads is a vote for a city, county, and state that is not a crumbling heap of post-dystopian life.
I’m getting to the point where I actually send campaigns emails asking about the candidate’s stance on roads. Do you like roads? How do you feel about roads?
As far as I can tell:
Libertarians are morally opposed to roads in any form. They never leave their homes and teleport from place to place in Ayn Randian teleportation devices.
Republicans, who used to be very pro-road — after all Eisenhower built the freeway system — have crammed their heads up the butts of the abortion/contraceptive/rapey rape caucus. They no longer have time to stop their moral umbrage to fix a road. Besides, roads cost money and they no longer pay for things when that money could be going to their buddies.
Greens never build roads. Why aren’t you walking or riding a bike? You don’t need a road for a bike. You can use a mountain bike. Roads destroy the environment. Just stop using roads entirely.
This leaves me with the occasional Democrat since we don’t get Independents. Even they are weak sauce on roads but they do fix an occasional pot hole or fix a bridge. That’s something. But if the Democrat won’t fix roads either…
On the local level, I offer my hands in the great greeting of also becoming a single issue voters. I could care less where a candidate stands on gay marriage or abortion. All I care about is this: if I elect you, will you ensure that some hole in the freeway won’t destroy my suspension? That’s what I want to know.