Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Dare We Hope?

Come on, somebody bring me back down to Earth. Remind me how they're going to disenfranchise voters and steal the election (again). Otherwise I might dare hope in Democracy again, and I'm already getting pounded for writing about smart zombies who don't kill people. If I get too optimistic, I'll write about them following gummi bears to the land of Rainbo brite where they have tea with the Smurfs.


Blogger Matthew Baugh said...

I'm feeling pretty hopeful about American democracy at the moment too. Mention of the Smurfs just about brought me down, though.

The horror... the horror!

11:32 AM  
Blogger Kai said...

I don't understand politics at all (and I live in the UK - it's why I'm confuuuused) but I'm hoping that things go 'the way they should'. No fraud, no more mud slinging (fat chance?) - and that the president that gets in is as clean as a politician can be.
I'm very naieve I know, but as long as I keep hoping things will pull up from the hole we're ALL in, I can believe in 'the democratic process'. Or else I'd be a gibbering wreck over our elections (please let them be soon!) over here too.
As for the hammering for zombies - bah humbug I say. I like your books. I've recommended them to my Uni Lecturers (creative writing)

12:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What's wrong with Papa Smurf? If a pageant Maverick can run for VP, Papa Smurf sure as hell has a chance. He certainly has more experience, uh, leading . . .

2:36 PM  
Blogger Michael Bridgman said...

Well, what can I say, when the political machinery runs sufficiently off course, even the democracy of the dead is compelled to take notice. While stories about well-behaved zombies in fairyland have a certain charm, I'm sure that's not likely to be a problem. Even on a best-case scenario where Obama gets elected and becomes like a 21st century Roosevelt, certain other problems will manifest themselves. For one thing, it will be even more tempting in times of peace and prosperity to deny the existence of sin in humanity, exploit one's fellow man for economic gain, and engage in mindless consumerism. And as we both know, the latent knowledge of these realities is good for the zombie business, so I wouldn't worry about Rainbow Brite just yet.

4:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It'd actually be kind of cool if Gargamel released a zombie-plague virus on their little mushroom village. Can't you just see them shuffling around in their tattered little white caps, going: "Smurrrrrfs ... Smuuuuuuuuurrrrrrrffs!"?

7:09 PM  
Blogger Kyle said...

Saw a half-page add taken out in the USA Today yesterday asking if a Christian can vote for Obama. Brought up most of the points one could assume would be laid out (abortion stance, Bill Ayers, no lapel pin, etc.) and concluded that a vote for Obama from any Christian is an act in defiance of God and a denial of faith. So when I read this, I wondered who might be able to answer this question definitively. And my immediate thought was that this is a question best served to the good Doctor Paffenroth. So, is it possible? Or would a Christian explode or melt into a pool of frogs and locusts upon punching their ticket?

9:25 PM  
Blogger KPaffenroth said...

I believe Christians are called upon to vote according to their values and conscience (like everyone). My conscience takes consideration of many issues, such as those related to war, the treatment of the poor, education, the environment, etc. On many of these, the argument can easily be made that Obama's positions are more Christian than those of his opponent.

9:45 PM  

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