To Everyone Who Didn’t Vote:
Thanks for Not Giving a Sh*t

 By Jim Berlin

Rather than criticizing the two-thirds of citizens who did not cast a ballot on Tuesday, I think of them as “passive patriots.”

One of my neighbors is in that category. When I asked for his take on the election outcome he had no idea what I was talking about. “I don’t give a sh*t about politics,” he said proudly. “They’re all crooks.”

The problem, critics might say, is that politics very much gives a sh*t about him. Unless he moves to a mountaintop inaccessible to all mankind, his life in the republic will never be his own.

The taxes he pays, the laws he must follow, the competence of local schools and national security – all the minutiae of government rules and regulations – begin with decisions in the voting booth. In a real sense, not to care about politics is not to care what kind of life he and his family will live.

So what’s patriotic about that?

By self-definition (doesn’t give a sh*t), he is incapable of making sound decisions on election day. All of his information is

gathered from empty media sound bites, a snippet of opinion overheard in the gym or something muttered by a drunken Uncle Joe at the family BBQ.

If he were to vote he would only muck up the process – possibly even cancel the vote of someone who’s been paying attention.

So…to all the passive patriots who stayed home Tuesday, thanks for getting out of the way of democracy in action. Thanks for not giving a sh*t!


National Nightmare Isn’t Over,
But We’re Stirring In Our Sleep

 By Jim Berlin 

Before Tuesday’s election Democratic candidates ran as fast and far as they could from Barack Obama, but the president and his policies raced ahead and lay in wait in voting booths across the country.

There was simply no escaping the man.

All Democrats asked was for Mr. Obama to remain quiet and invisible leading up to November 4th, but his ego was having none of it. Convinced somehow and by someone that his popularity was untarnished, the president announced it was his policies that would be on every ballot.

Not the candidates themselves – not their message – but his policies.

He was sure victory was coming and he wanted to claim it. He would show all those misguided and mistaken Democrats who shunned his help how very wrong they were. He would show them he was still The Man.

He was right. His policies were on the ballot. And a clear majority of Americans – still convinced this is God’s country – announced they will no longer put up with a president who believes quite the opposite.

GOP victories in the House and Senate don’t mean the long national nightmare is over.

But the country is stirring in its sleep – and the White House is no longer controlling the dream.

Mr. Obama will have to work now with Congress – with America – if he is to leave any legacy worth leaving at all.

We’ll see if his ego can handle that.