(Sasha Baron Cohen (Borat) crashes the party)
Out here in Provo, and I'm sure in other cities, counties, and states people have been promoting ballot initiatives. But, the interesting part for me is how many people here have no idea what initiatives or representatives are on their local ballot, but yet are deeply informed about California's ballot propositions. And, particularly prop 8.
I am not saying that you cannot, nor should not be interested in other states' initiatives, but I find it somewhat hypocritical to be promoting one, while having little to know knowledge about your own. The argument could be made that I shouldn't listen to you on the mere grounds that you have no idea what is on your own ballot. Of course I don't entirely believe that, because your knowledge of local politics does not transcend your moral and religious convictions, which are indeed important.
But here are some of the things that irked me a little bit, perhaps because of their zealotry, and perhaps because most of these people have never been politically inclined or willing to galvanize themselves over any prior issue, which may have had just as much import. These are some examples of facebook status lines and even text messages that I saw and received:
Voted! Yes on Prop 8!
Pray for prop 8.
Join with us and fast for prop 8
so and so has donated their status to remind everyone to vote Yes on Prop 8 today.
Yes on Prop 8!!!
hoping CA votes yes on prop 8!
is voting yes on prop 8!
*PrOp 8*8 pRoP
already voted Yes on prop 8 two weeks ago. And believe it or not, I'm not ignorant nor discriminatory... I even have two gay friends.
YES ON PROP 8! AND PROP 102 FOR ARIZONA!
reminds everyone to VOTE YES ON PROP 8!!!
VOTE VOTE VOTE! Mccain & YES to Prop. 8!!!!
is praying and fasting for the election. YES on Prop 8 and other important values!
Then there were people like me, who wanted to point out the perhaps unintended ridiculousness of it all:
Yes on 8... and 1A, 2, 5, 7, 9, 11 No on 3, 4, 6, 10, 12. Oh yeah... and John Galt for President.
And here was mine:
Michael gives props to props and those voting for props. He likes prop 345365462634523456345623.
So, any thoughts?