The Unique Property
The Dead Represesntative
I have to admit I was hoping for a resounding shift to
Republicans in the recent US mid-term elections. I cant say I’m
particularly keen on either party, but if I had been a voter I
would have voted tactically. In other words I would have chosen
R as opposed to D simply because the executive is D, so one
needs the government to be R. That way it prevents too much
damage from being done, and currently the US is creating mega
damage on a daily basis, and on a previously unprecedented
Presumably there has been widespread fraud, as seems normal
these days in US elections. In terms of voting scams the country
is on a par with the average banana republic, but the US always
seems to manage to do things at a level far exceeding other
countries, and in the matter of fraud, or just plain surrealism
the US has managed to come out on top yet again.
In the past this sort of thing has been the stuff of jokes, but
no longer. The good folk of one of Pennsylvania’s districts have
excelled themselves in letting the world know what they think of
the American governmental system. They really did vote in a
Pennsylvania is supposedly one of the most intelligent areas of
the Union. It certainly has all those top class universities and
other institutions, so no wonder Zarah Livingstone, a green
party candidate, got the bird. But the really interesting thing
is who beat her.
Here’s Business Insider
on the case:
"Rep. Tony DeLuca, who died at the age of 85 on October 9 from
lymphoma, crushed Green Party challenger Zarah Livingston in
Tuesday's midterm elections."
How on earth can anyone live that kind of humiliation down?
Anyone can get beaten. Anyone can get a really small number of
votes, but being beaten by a corpse is the ultimate insult.
The US is certainly racking up some new categories for the
Guiness Book of Records. For starters, how many heads of state
are there who not only get elected while unable to stitch a
sentence together due to suffering from Alzheimers, but two
years later are still in the job?
The number of total wallies for president in the US is already
pretty high, but having someone who is close to being clinically
brain dead rather than just a total wanker really tops the
previous record. However, this new record may well soon be
broken. We’re already close to it. If the US voting public can
prefer a dead man as their representative it cant be far off the
time when they will vote a dead man (or woman) into the oval
The back-room boys pulling the strings will have to think up
something better than the auto-cue for their next stooge, but
not to worry, by the time of the next US election they will
probably have the technology to run an avatar.
Perhaps by the end of the decade we wont need people at all,
just robots, avatars, and a world squeezed nicely into a
holodeck. Wont that be cosy?