Yesterday's a blank. Thought it was a different day than it was. Could'a sworn today was Sunday. Feeling pretty disoriented. I had a conversation with the Mrs. this morning -- she stopped me and asked me to explain what I was talking about, and I didn't know. Sat there like a fish out of water, eyes ready to fall out of my head.
I'm starting to feel seriously incompetent again. The only thing I can do with any consistency lately is sleep. I'm able to take care of my daughter, and that's taking a lot of energy and I'm exhausted by the end of the day.
I'm pleased to see what the (left-swinging) newspapers are saying about Mr. Kerry. I'm more optimistic about him winning, but I'll believe it when I see it. The continuing voting nuttiness going on in Florida makes me concerned that a 'win' for Kerry could still yield a 'win' for Bush because of the partisan games being played with votes.
I didn't watch the debates, myself. Watching that man on tv makes me, well, ill. What do others see in this man? I mean, I think I understand, but really it doesn't make sense. I don't really want someone a lot like me in the executive office. I'm not electable, and besides, I'm really way too pinko -- but that's beside the point.
Side note: Speaking of pinko, I'm reading The Worldly Philosophers by Robert Heilbronner. As a non-economics person, this is an excellent first dip into the subject. So I'm reading about Marx and thinking that his prediction is off by at least 150 years, but it's possible that his theories are correct. Marx explains, to paraphrase heavily, that the end of capitalism will come about as a result of exploiting the workers and giving them the tools to bring about the revolution.
As I see it, the industrialized world has gone to the last bastions of cheap labor, southeast Asia. After exploiting these people, there's Africa, then there's nothing. American workers are too expensive for almost all manufacuring to be as profitable as American corporations want. Manufacturing is leaving the US at a rapid rate. A century of unionizing has made American workers harder to exploit. Capitalists are running out of people to exploit.
I'd prefer to think of the future I see not as Marxist or Socialist, but more like Star Trek. Star Trek is a neater name for the same thing. From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs. That sounds like the way to live. Plus fusion, perpetual motion and "beaming." Yeah.
I believe that in the near-term, though (say, the next 50 years) we're headed for some class war here in the States. Now I'm being a kook, 'cause I'm just pulling this out of my ass. Wishful thinking.
The only solid method of being a capitalist is: own land, charge rent. Until we colonize other planets, land is a truly limited resource. Land.
Back to "reality" -- Bush is a religious oaf who sees the world in terms that demand black-or-white judgments. Perhaps this is what the 'common' -- whatever that is -- man is looking for.
Watched apperances on TV by our Congressman, Jim Leach, and Senator Chuck Grassley. Looking at their voting records, I have to say that I disagree with them frequently. But I like them, and considering the Democratic opposition, I'm going to vote for them again this time.
My wife's had some contact with Dave Franker, and he's a sleaze. He relies on others' ignorance of issues to make his points, which frequently can be wrong or at least misleading. And Grassley's opposition, Art Small -- just can't do it. The guy's kookier than me.