…where "all that" is "people acting like complete jackholes because it's an election year."
I am looking forward to the foolishness being finished, and ushering in new and different foolishness. This election has brought out the worst in both sides of the aisle.
Case in point: meet Phil Busse, visiting professor at St. Olaf College. Phil Busse, under normal circumstances, would have an excellent shot at being this week's World's Biggest Dipshit. But this is an election year, and competition is fierce, so he's just in the top ten or so.
Why is Phil a dipshit? Well, Phil chose to wrote a meandering and muddle-headed column over at the Huffington Post (where intelligent leftist thought goes to die) smirking and shrugging about how he had stolen McCain signs on the lawns of citizens in his neighborhood. The essay, which makes my fist itch, contains Busse's self-satisfied musings about whether or not his theft is understandable or justifiable and how it fits into the whole mis-en-scene.
Now he's been charged with a misdemeanor and resigned from St. Olaf's. Possibly fearing that his resignation showed good judgment or moral consciousness inconsistent with future employment in academia, he threw in some fatuous whining:
Writing the essay was an opportunity to explore and talk about political speech and the desire that most of us have to express our politics — both in mature and immature ways, and sometimes a mix of the two,” Busse said in the e-mail. “I’m disappointed that most readers seem to have focused on the thefts, and not on the larger thoughts.”
Phil seems to feel that his action was like performance art or a thought experiment, and that it is uncouth to tie it with the surly bonds of law and decent behavior. Shaw foretold him, referring to people who "regard the world as a moral gymnasium built expressly to strengthen your character in."
Phil Busse, you are a twerp and a bad example.
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