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Dark Issues

It is possible to write about how silly our “politics” has become and never run out of new material.  That much has to be obvious by now.  But it is still amazing how far from reality the election year chatter has become. Dark Issues have taken the place of any sense of reality and rationalism.

Are we really that scared of what is happening to our nation that we’ll talk about nearly anything else?

At least we can say that the Health Care debate, once predicted to be the top issue in November, is not making anyone’s radar.  No, we’ve put that one behind us, which is about what anyone paying attention would realize.  The top three issues occupying media time appear to be:

• The building of a Moslem community center (not sure it even has a mosque) two blocks from the World Trade Center site,
• Foreign nationals in the USofA without papers having “Anchor Babies”, and
• A two parter – how Federal deficits are bad for the economy and yet how vital it is to extend a tax cut for the wealthiest out of the need for “stimulus”.

I call these “Dark Issues” for several reasons.  First of all, they clearly are the talking points developed by some shadowy figures somewhere.  In addition, any debate on them will generate heat but very little light.  But most of all these “issues” are so far from reality that light leaving what is real right now will not strike them for many, many years.

The Dark Issues are obviously selected by someone, somewhere for their special dark properties.  These are the issues that are not just the absence of light but actually suck the light and life out of normal issues.  Otherwise intelligent people find themselves debating Dark Issues because the pull of the darkness is so strong.

What can we do about them?  First of all, it’s obvious that Dark Issues are a kind of (Cow Puckey) because they fail the basic test – if it sounds too stupid to be true, it probably isn’t.   Each of these issues has a small kernal of truth at the center of them but the stories are told by people who, clearly, do not care about things like “truth”.

Once we realize that this is just more (Cow Puckey) it becomes obvious what we have to do about Dark Issues.  We have to not only ignore them, we have to insult people who bring them up.  That may be rude and obnoxious, but Dark Issues are far more rude.  Anyone who brings these issues up has to be challenged with something along the lines of, “Do you really think that is an important issue?”

If you want, that might be a good opening to change the subject to something useful such as Restructuring the economy or providing jobs.  It’s a way of flipping on the light switch to chase away the Dark Issues once and for all.

Anything is worth a try.

19 thoughts on “Dark Issues

  1. Darth Vader works for Fox. It’s the only explanation. The Dark Side has taken over!

    Seriously, I’m going to use the term “Dark Issues” and see if I can make it catch on. We have to label this stuff and stand up to it. I can’t believe that people atually spend time talking about this stuff.

  2. Nice article. Today I watched the beginning of Orson Welles “The Trial” by Kafka. It will be coming to Mpls Trylon cinema sometime in October I think. Check it out for three minutes you might like it and if you could make acomment on it I’d appreciate it “cuz something is lost on me.

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  6. So, what are we to do if they answer “yes” to that question? Fold and stop talking? Or up the ante and call the bluff?

    Here’s a good one to try this approach on: the whole “dontaskdonttell” thing. Do you really think _that_ is an important issue?

  7. Yuri, excellent question. If someone says “Yes” you probably have to be prepared to engage them, at least out of politeness. I’d say that you could just ask “Why?”, like a little kid, or you could say why you don’t think it’s nearly as important as pick-one:[economy, deficit, unemployment, healthcare].

    Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell is one that is important to a lot of people who are affected by it – and it is a Civil Rights issue. I think everyone gets a free pass on a civil rights issue that affects them to say that it’s clearly their #1 without any question from li’l _me_. Now, if it’s *not* something that affects them I think it’s fair game to ask them why they care. I’ve been through that with a lot of ex-military and it’s always been pretty respectful even though we disagree, so I guess that’s all I can expect.

    Short version: Don’t think DADT qualifies as a “Dark Issue” because some people have really well thought out reasons why it’s their #1. There are way worse issues out there, IMHO.

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