It’s election day, and exam day, and a day for more midterm presentations and essays from everyone else. In honor of freedom and the vote, here’s my favorite radio philosopher Chris Stevens, celebrating electoral democracy. Worst form of government ever, except for all the others.

(This is pre-Palin Alaska, btw. Not the “real America.”)

Thursday we’ll pick it up again in Intro with Locke, Berkeley, Hume, Rousseau, and Adam Smith (et al), the flip-side of the classic rationalist-empiricist coin. They would agree: you shouldn’t shun the franchise or take it for granted. Go to the polls and vote. Show ’em, like Uncle Roy showed Nixon. If you don’t, just don’t complain to me when they start chucking your tea into the harbor.

Meanwhile, I’ll try to bury the abruptly-terminated baseball season– my Giants won!— and warm up the hot stove for the long season of my sports-discontent. At least it carried me to November this year. Pitchers and catchers report in mid-February, but the big annual baseball symposium at my school that’s become the  surest sign of Spring isn’t ’til April!

It breaks your heart. It is designed to break your heart. The game begins in the spring, when everything else begins again, and it blossoms in the summer, filling the afternoons and evenings, and then as soon as the chill rains come, it stops and leaves you to face the fall alone. You count on it, rely on it to buffer the passage of time, to keep the memory of sunshine and high skies alive, and then just when the days are all twilight, when you need it most, it stops. Today, October 2, a Sunday of rain and broken branches and leaf-clogged drains and slick streets, it stopped, and summer was gone.

Somehow, the summer seemed to slip by faster this time. Maybe it wasn’t this summer, but all the summers… “The Green Fields of the Mind

Guess I might as well get started on that stack of grading. Bring it on.

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3 Responses to “vote!”

  1. Mallory Duke Says:

    The closest voting location to campus is at Central Middle School on E. Main St. I believe the polls are open until 7pm. Go vote!

  2. Kurt Fuchs Says:

    Interesting discussion today on philosophy and baseball. My question to you professor is why didn’t Bud Selig overturn Jim Joyce’s obviously wrong call on the perfect game? To me this seems to be the very rare occasion were one had the opportunity to right a wrong, and yet he chose not to. Is this a blind adherence to the “rules” in much the same way a judge enforces a “law” even though it is obviously unjust to do so?

  3. osopher Says:

    I agree, Kurt. The commissioner blew it, in deference to “tradition” and what we were calling in class the “human element.” I prefer judges who use discretion, common sense, and intelligent compassion. I’m waiting for MLB to call.

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