On of my favorite things to do as a writer is to start sentences with the word 'So'. So with that said...
So I was watching the debates the other day... (And now that that is out of the way...).
There is a stuff to talk about. I don't want to talk about stuff. I want to talk about the CNN dials, and specifically how they reacted to a particular question.
During the debate 'the youth' came up as a topic. The topic was actually about gun control, but the guys on the stage spun it into a question about 'the youth'. While discussing 'the youth' Mitt Romney said something that I think is entirely correct, normal, mainstream, within the pale, all of that. And yet, if you were watching on CNN, where they had the morons, err, undecided voters hooked up to dials that measured their responses to what the candidates said, you'd have thought Mitt Romney threatened to eat someones dog.
You see, the CNN voters turned their dials down when Mitt Romney was talking about marriage, and raising kids in a stable household. They boo'ed marriage. They boo'ed marriage as a vehicle in which to raise children. And I was at home, weeping for the Republic.
"The Roman Republic fell, not because of the ambition of Caesar or Augustus, but because it had already long ceased to be in any real sense a republic at all. When the sturdy Roman plebeian, who lived by his own labor, who voted without reward according to his own convictions, and who with his fellows formed in war the terrible Roman legion, had been changed into an idle creature who craved nothing in life save the gratification of a thirst for vapid excitement, who was fed by the state, and directly or indirectly sold his vote to the highest bidder, then the end of the republic was at hand, and nothing could save it. The laws were the same as they had been, but the people behind the laws had changed, and so the laws counted for nothing."- President Theodore Roosevelt
Maybe I'm just old fashioned. But I thought it was really disturbing. It bothered me enough to post about it, at least.