Friday, October 08, 2004

Showtime - American Candidate - Political reality series on Showtime

Extremism


There's a reality television show on Showtime that I can't watch, but I just visited the web site and read the biographies of the two remaining candidates on American Candidate. I've come to the conclusion that reality shows really love caricature, of any stripe, shape or political orientation.

Malia Lazu is a 26 year-old leftist who works to engage the disenfranchised and politically unaware youth in the political process. A very admirable trait. She supports the repeal of NAFTA, opposes the death penalty, is pro-choice, supports gay marriage and the legalization of marijuana. She is against the Iraq war and believes that her generation is being shut out of the decision-making process in this country (rightly so!).

Park Gillespie is Malia's polar opposite. He believes in protecting the right to bear arms, in significant border crackdowns, in focusing on making welfare recipients form family unions, believes that gays desire for partnership rights reflects an erroneous desire to elevate their social status to that of heterosexuals, and that governments exist for three reasons: defense, protecting the free market, and supporting the intact nuclear family. And he thinks the people who oppose drilling in ANWR are stupid hypocrites.

Neither of these candidates possess realistic platforms that reflect the diverse views of the country, nor do they address the way our nation actually works. They are ideologues, and I'm kinda glad I don't have to choose between them.

Incidentally, I can't wait to hear tonight's Bush schlock on the "soft bigotry of low expectations."

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