2008-05-15

Manufactured popularity of presidential candidates

Jerry Day makes a good case of how the popularity of major candidates in the U.S. 2008 election has been pretty much entirely manufactured, while a genuinely popular candidate (Ron Paul) has been suppressed:



Kinda reminds me of this scene from Futurama (Season 2, Episode Raging Bender):

[Teenage Leela takes on two guys and floors them. Her teacher, a green alien called Fnog watches.]

Fnog: Excellent. Bill, Keith, you will go to Junior Championships. Bill, congratulate Keith when he regains consciousness.

Leela: But, Master Fnog, I can beat these dorks with one eye closed.

Fnog: Perhaps. But there is more to winning than beating your opponent. You lack the will of the warrior.

Leela: What do you mean? Watch this!

[She kicks Bill in the stomach.]

Bill: (crying) Ow!

Fnog: No girl has the will of a warrior. You have the will of a housewife or, at best, the schoolmarm.

Leela: That's it. I'll take you on right now.

Fnog: Very well. But, you see, I have the will of the warrior. Therefore, the battle is already over. The winner? Me! Ha ha! Rematch? You lose again! Had enough? I thought so! Ha ha ha ha!

[He and the other guys laugh.]


You think the competition is fair, but the battle is already lost.

"You lack the will of the warrior! Ha ha! Go home."