With presidential election season upon us, I thought I’d start a series of blog entries about it. Today it’s installment one of what I think will be a frequently revisited topic, “bullshit.” That is, things the election should not be about, but that seem to be getting a lot of attention.
President Obama apologizes for America when overseas.
Mitt Romney likes “being able to fire people.”
Obama thinks owners of successful businesses “didn’t build” them.
Mrs. Romney refers to Americans as “you people.”
All of these are bullshit. Various kinds of gotcha-isms. Not worth your time. Forget them. They may seem reasonable, even insightful, to some partisans, but not us, dear reader. We’re better than that. There are plenty of good reasons to vote for Mitt Romney or for Barack Obama–but these are not among them.
Undoubtedly new bullshit talking points will come up between now and November. Here’s a challenge: see how quickly you can spot them.
Upcoming posts may include more bullshit, but there will be other topics, too. After all, once we’ve identified what not to base our decisions on, we’re free to explore more substantive issues. Look for all of them under the tag “election 2012.”