... which is because--aside from fervently praying for the success of some Libertarian candidates in state and local races, as well as the failure of Prop 8 in California--I have reached the saturation point.
It happened this weekend at my daughter's soccer tournament (where anybody with a pistol seems to have had a concealed carry permit). Moments after I watched her execute to leap of her twelve-year-old life to stop a rocket at the crossbar of the goal, I realized, This is what is important to me..
About two devout Statists (yes, f**king Uber-Statists, jason), contending for the Presidency, I simply no longer give a shit.
I'll deal with policy and politics as it comes, but you know what?
I'm still a free American citizen regardless of what twit is in the White House. I'll cling to my goddamn guns and my goddamn Bible for security, and I'll hang out with former goddamn terrorists if I jolly well feel like it. My wife and I will teach our children the values we think they should have, then we'll send them to school to find out about the real world, and cringe while they make mistakes as teenagers. [The biggest mistake my oldest daughter ever made is the adorable, blond-haired five-year-old grandson I cannot imagine life without. Mistakes happen. So does shit. Life goes on, or it doesn't.]
I'll engage in grey markets, black markets, and cheat on taxes as necessary.
I'll get a thrill running up my leg in 2010 when I lie to the census taker again.
Anybody who believes in that Change We Can Believe In is about to overcome global warming, Chinese alarm clocks, homophobia, or the fact that Amanda Tapping's new SF series Sanctuary really sucks is an idiot.
Conversely, anybody who hasn't realized that Sarah Palin can no more spell Libertarian than First Amendment, or that "Country First" begs the question of, "What's second, by the way, John?" is a moron.
I say again: for at least the next 48 hours I no longer give a shit.
You're welcome to join my party, or go on pretending that this all matters.
It's a free country (sort of) (for now).