Last night, I witnesses a cripple fight on the corner of Ohio and St. Clair.
This is not a politically correct description, but this is what happened. A panhandler in a motorized wheelchair had swiped a cane from another panhandler out in front of the 7-Eleven and an elderly police officer was trying to break it up.
It was about as grotesque a scene as you'd ever want to see; something that in the right lense could be funny but instead was just sad and depressing.
Another person on the scene happened to have a video camera and managed to capture this video of the incident:
Oh, wait, I'm sorry. That was something entirely different. That was outside of a political debate in Kentucky. The lady you see in the wig is from Moveon.org, which is a "public policy advocacy group" devoted to irritating everyone but the most politically minded nerds. The people stomping on her head are a bunch of assholes.
Colossal assholes, that is.
My friends, allow me to step up onto the blogging soapbox for a moment. For with voting time creeping up, I feel compelled to stomp you all in the head with my opinion.
Ladies and gentlemen, we are living in the Age of the Cripple Fight.
Gone are the days of civility, distinction and grace in our political system. Those peculiar qualities disappeared along with wigs. Instead, there are only two cripples fighting over the same cane on the street corner. They swat at one another with attack ads, barbs, and now it has seeped down to their fanatical followers, scuffling in the streets like a bunch of children on the playground.
There is no place for headstomping in American politics. This is not the French Revolution. This is not Tiananmen Square. We are not fighting for our rights. We already have them.
All we're doing here is just picking between two jagoffs (and in many places only two jagoffs) who will do essentially the exact same thing, which is to be jagoffs inside of a gigantic marble building. They'll spend their jagoff time trying not to piss off too many people while simultanously campaigning (by acting like a jagoff towards newer, less experienced jagoffs) for their job two years or four years or six years down the line. The process repeats itself with two more jagoffs (sometimes one or both are the same jagoffs from last time) and so on and so on.
The above is not worth a headstomping.
And of course, the easy thing would be to say "Oh yeah, well, it's the Tea Party whose responsible for all of this and I HATE THE TEA PARTY SO MUCH!!!" But you know what? It's not, Moveon.org. It's not, all of you agitators behind the Bush = Chimp thing and all of the various other sundry barbs and jabs.
The fact of the matter is, if people voted for grownups who didn't spend their time shouting down people of the "opposite" party, then the people in power would be grownups who don't spend their time shouting down people of the "opposite" party.
So this upcoming election, I would urge everyone to grow up and vote for grownups.