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ThisThreadIsSatire Donating Member (697 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-21-09 11:11 PM
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Were all familiar with them. And in these days of the 24 hour news cycle, were bombarded with them every day. And worse yet, theyre taking over. Taking over our media, taking over our conversations, and most alarmingly, taking over our government.

They are polls. No, not Polish people polls. Surveys. Measures of public opinion and/or sentiment. And they have emerged as the single greatest threat to our society and our way of life.

You know what Im talking about:

23% of adults in Texas believe President Obama is Muslim
34% of Americans believe Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone
60% of Americans believe in UFOs
84% of remaining Republicans believe Rush Limbaugh cares about someone other than Rush Limbaugh and his pharmacist

You get the idea. So how, or why, you may wonder, do they pose such an ominous threat?

Funny you should ask.

Polls presumably break down even the most complex of issues into one and two digit numbers. And when it comes to numbers, polls have shown us that the population can be broken down into three distinct segments:

1. Those who are impressed by them
2. Those who are intimidated by them, and
3. Those who believe that putting small pieces of cubed fruit into Jell-o was the greatest idea of the 20th century

But who are the actual people behind these numbers? A typical poll about political and social issues takes an average of 10-15 minutes to complete. This might explain why a recent, informal straw poll of this authors personalities revealed that those who take the time to participate generally fall into one of the following categories:

Shut-ins (or, recluses, depending on economic status)
Those who believe that putting small pieces of cubed fruit into Jell-o was the greatest idea of the 20th century

And speaking of the latter, this is where the socio-political threat to our nation comes in.

In spite of, or more likely because of, the consolidation of news sources, the media explosion of the last 20 years has created a generation of gonadally-challenged politicians who also apparently fall into the intimidated by numbers segment of the overall population. As a result, they have, for the most part, lost sight of the fact that they were elected by their constituents to go to Washington and learn (with the aid of large taxpayer-funded staffs and all the resources of the federal government to assist them) about the complex issues that the voters dont have the time and/or inclination to study, and then, exercising the trust placed in them by those they represent hence the term representative democracy decide for, and on behalf of those constituents what they think is in the overall public interest. It is not elitist when a politician claims to know more than Joe Six-Pack about the economy or foreign affairs or the health care system; its a sign that theyre doing their job. Any of them who can honestly say they dont should be dressed in a wolf costume and dumped in a vacant lot adjacent to an Alaskan heliport.

Whats happening instead is that rather than doing their jobs and risking alienating the four groups of poll-takers in their district or state, they use the poll numbers as a form of referendum, and their costume instead becomes that of a sheep.

The result of this poll pandering, unless the trend is reversed, will inevitably lead to an economic meltdown, or worse. Letting polls dictate policy is tantamount to government by referendum, and government by referendum doesnt work. This is not a slight on the American people, its just common sense. We, as individuals, dont have the time necessary to allow it to work. Representation, under our system, means electing people to make decisions for us not one-person one-vote on every single issue. Remember, its the American people who, in their inherent wisdom, adopted this form of government in the first place. To continue down the legislation by referendum path we are currently on can only end in catastrophe.

And if you think this all sounds alarmist, just remember one word: California.
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