We are 47 days out from the election. That’s right, 47.
It seems like it should be tomorrow, doesn’t it? The soul-crushing reality that there are still more weeks upon weeks of campaigning and political advertisements hit me with the force of a Grand Piano falling from the Empire State Building.
Ok, that’s out of my system. Now stick with me to the end of this post. It isn’t long…but it is important.
So, I had a post all worked up. An edited, proof-read, and finished post. One lamenting how this presidential election hardly has any actual policy coverage, and so far has pretty much just been one TMZ-like scandal fest after another. It described how the lack of substantive discourse was leaving many voters to fill in the gaps with wild and uncorroborated claims, hardly fact-checked statements, should-be-obvious-propaganda, and even conspiracy theories. Honestly, we seem to be nearing critical mass with this and are in danger of collapsing under the weight of absurdity.
Yeah, I had a nice post ready to go. I really did. I endeavored to encourage people to put the claptrap aside and hopefully motivate people to vote.
And then this video came out and I shelved the draft.
The video has everything you could want. It has some drama. It has some comedy. It has a “shit-ton of celebrities”. It has self-referential satire. It’s only 3 minutes. Watch it:
Oh, you don’t have 3 minutes? Maybe you have a few seconds. Here, let me help: https://youtu.be/nRp1CK_X_Yw?t=1m36s
Yeah, the 1:36 mark pretty much stole my thunder. Well, for the most part…all except for the Mark Ruffalo nude scene commitment.
Grand Piano: By “Photo: © Copyright Steinway & Sons”, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=18188418
Black hole: By Ute Kraus, Physics education group Kraus, Universität Hildesheim, Space Time Travel, (background image of the milky way: Axel Mellinger) – Gallery of Space Time Travel, CC BY-SA 2.5, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=370240
Save the day video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nRp1CK_X_Yw
You can do it meme: https://memegenerator.net/instance/64107251