Posted by: Brad Nixon | November 1, 2010

Leo and Marty Call to Campaign

One of the best things about living in L.A. is election season. This weekend, the heavyweights kicked in. Leo DiCaprio gave me a call on Saturday morning, suggesting how he thought I should vote on one of California’s innumerable “propositions” (the voters have to proposition one another here, since their legislators are whores), and Martin Sheen rang me Saturday afternoon to make sure I voted for the upright, integrity-infused candidate he was supporting rather than the slimy, fraudulent underhanded slumgullion opposing him.

Man, I’m always glad to hear from those guys, but how come they never call me to invite me to those Thursday night poker games?

During the presidential election two years ago, we heard from the most obscure cats, names that are NOT Hollywood figures: people named Clinton and Gore — well, I guess that Gore character is sort of a filmmaker, isn’t he, so maybe he qualifies.

We did get one live call from an actual human, and that was refreshing, because, otherwise, every day we come home to a string of recorded messages on the answering machine. Almost all of these are regarding a very local issue, so local that none of you readers are even aware of this issue, which concerns the rezoning of land occupied by a local college. It’s been supported by ambitious campaigns on both sides. We’ve had messages from the mayor, a retired mayor and every city council member on one side, and on the side of the college, practically every officer of the school from the President on down. In addition, each day’s mail brings at least one printed document from one side or the other, refuting claims made in the previous circular mailed by the opposing side. There’s probably been more money and effort spent on this little local issue than would’ve been spent in a typical congressional race ten years ago.

I’ve avoided commenting on the elections. There is no “category” over there on the right-hand column of this blog for “politics.” Readers of all political persuasions are welcome here (as long as you, as I do, keep your views mostly to yourself here), and I know that you don’t come here for more of the same tsuris that inundates our lives right now. Perhaps you even come here because you know it’ll be a bit of a refuge from the harrowing barrage of baloney. I will say this: I think there will have to be some limits set: whether on money spent, or the span of the “campaign season,” or some other reasonable restraint on politicking. We citizens may have to be the ones to do it, to say, “Once you spend more than X million dollars, give the rest of your money to some cause to feed the hungry or house the poor and SHUT UP ABOUT IT.” Even though both of us in this household get paychecks from big corporations, I adamantly oppose the recent Supreme Court ruling that said corporations have the same right to political speech as citizens. They’re companies, darn it, not citizens. Ok, Ok, I’ll go quietly, officer.

Only one thing matters: think, consider, decide and VOTE. If you opt out of voting, you’re skipping on on your opportunity to take part in the action that makes America the country it is. The Republic is strong, friends, and has weathered even more divisive times than these. Although this time may seem like the edge of a precipice, take a deep breath. Remember that we have endured enormous trials: there were intersections of political power and corporate greed that rocked the economy and the body politic over our past two centuries; there was a war that divided us into two nations and killed a million people (in a few days we mark the 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s first election as president); we have endured an unceasing stream of political diatribes stretching back into the 18th Century. The Republic endures. Remember also that once the election is done, we are all citizens of the same country, and we have more in common than we have things that divide us; we will need to coalesce again into being Americans.

I’ll expect to see you at the polls. While you’re there, remember to thank your local poll workers for volunteering. They’re one of the links in the chain of democracy. E pluribus unum: from many, we are one.

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