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I’m not prepared to make any sort of official election statement on behalf of FP, nor will I attempt to do so. Despite regularly sharing our ideas on topics as diverse as punk rock existentialism to radical anti-communist visual artists to Ben Affleck’s beard to Jeopardy heartthrobs to unloved vegetables—and just about everything in between—we tend to keep away from political statements, and that’s stance worth preserving as much as we can. That being said, several takeaways from Tuesday’s results excite me personally as an open-minded young citizen, a writer and a media professional.

As a member of the highly sought after and discussed 18 to 29 year old voter bracket, it’s easy to get swept up in the raucous nature of the presidential election. The rising trend in turnouts for the under-30 crowd (voters under 30 turned out in greater numbers than senior citizens this year, and the percentage of the eligible voters under 30 is up 15 points since the 2000 election) is linked in some way to the rise of social media and user-generated content. From way back to the primaries, it was clear that our age group has appropriated new media’s basic tenant of “speak if you want to be heard” beyond pithy tweets and plastering Romney’s face onto a trapper keeper. Thanks to our own volition (and the platforms on which we post), we are changing the world.

This is a Big Fucking Deal.

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From Gubernators to Kardashians to once-mighty Greece herself, it’s been a year like no other for the realization: “Oops, I stink.”  But lest schadenfreude get the better of us, let’s also remember that all of us have, at one time or another, suffered from the realization of massive failure.  Let’s look at the suffering of these 10 as an opportunity for them, and us, to be liberated from the quest for greatness: of always having to be the best Governor, the most debt-free country, or the perfect congressman who never tweets himself naked. Let us applaud these people for helping to remind us how freeing it can be to admit we’re human.  We spent plenty of our childhood years trying to be perfect.  2011 was a year to renew our quest to be average.  Not special, not touched, just ourselves: pathetic, forgetful, broke, damaged, huddled naked mole rats.  And that’s on our good days. Here’s to the 10 most Unspecial people of 2011.

10.  Arnold Schwarzenneger:  I May Not Be Back

May 2011: One minute you’re a box office star/governor of the most populous state in the country, the next you’re tossed-out of office as a budget-busting politician, and your home for a Clintonesque affair with the live-in maid.  This reversal of fortune would have been enough by itself to land him a spot on the NTS top ten.  But there’s more.  2011 was also the year this video began to go viral. It’s a brilliantly compiled montage of Arnold’s comments for the Total Recall DVD special features segment.  You’ll notice that rather than add any actual insight to anything we’re seeing, The Gubernator, like Beavis, decides to just narrate exactly what’s happening on the screen.

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You Have So Much to Learn, and I Have So Much to Give, Oil on canvas, 50x60 in.

Being an artist is a great deal like being a dictator. Just like a dictator, I must live in a closed loop of self-delusion. A place where my words and ideas always ring true. A gilded daydream of grandiosity. There can be no room for doubt. I must be convinced that I have something vital to say. I must believe that the world is waiting in keen anticipation to hear my message.

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America is an empire on its deathbed. We wage perpetual wars that profit corporations, bail out billionaires on Wall Street, and leave ordinary people poor and oppressed. We destroy our environment, eviscerate our health-care system, gut public education, segregate our cities, pack our prisons, and sign away our individual freedoms. President Barack Obama is not a beacon of hope, but a “Benetton” version of George W. Bush. We are slaves to a mass culture of illusion, narcissism, and idol worship, a hollow hoopla that dulls our intellect and numbs our social conscience. At this rate, we may be headed for serious social unrest followed by a totalitarian crackdown in the mode of fascist Italy, tsarist Russia, and Nazi Germany.

This grim outlook comes from The Death of the Liberal Class, the eighth and latest book by Chris Hedges, a Harvard seminarian turned journalist who has covered wars in Latin America, the Middle East, and the former Yugoslavia, and won a Pulitzer Prize for his terrorism coverage in The New York Times. His central premise is that the destruction of the country has been abetted by the complacency and collusion of the “liberal class,” the once vital and now irrelevant voices in schools, churches, the media, and the arts. If you call yourself a liberal, this book might make you burn with anger or squirm with shame.

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Last weekend we attended the Stewart/Colbert Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear. We had planned on writing a recap with clips of our favorite moments and pictures of our favorite signs, but that now seems a bit late. That said, please take a few minutes to watch Jon Stewart’s inspirational closing remarks. Also, as the D.C. arm of  Frontier Psychiatrist, we feel the need to talk about what happened last night. So here are our thoughts on the State of the Union.

"Be excellent to each other"

“But we live now in hard times, not end times.” The sane words of “comedian, pundit, talk-guy” Jon Stewart rang over the National Mall last Saturday. Just this past year alone, the U.S. has seen an awful amount of chanting, berating, insulting, spitting, sulking, stalking, mimicking, mocking, punking, angry drinking, sorrowful drinking, celebratory drinking, name-calling, job searching, chastising, socializing, communizing, facistizing, nationalizing, religionizing, secularizing, fantasizing, downsizing, upsizing, self-aggrandizing, and politicizing. At first glance, one fears that positive public discourse has died, and given way to groupthink and mob justice. But, another thing to remember, this was an election year. Was 2010 really that different from elections of yesteryear?

Now, the FC only has a few years of personal cognitive political analysis under his belt, but he’s beginning to see a pattern here. Yes, the Democrats lost the House of Representatives, not the other way around. Republicans have capitalized on the same exact emotion the Obama campaign exploited just two years ago: distaste. The recent Democrat losses mirror the 2006 Republican losses. This year’s shift to the right was brought on by a distrust of the “Washington Elite”, who were pushed out to make room for those who favor “Main Street”. Isn’t that why we voted for change in 2008? Who exactly are we fighting here?

In an attempt to restore “sanity” to the U.S., 200,000+ presumably “sane” citizens gathered on the National Mall to have their voice heard. The rally was seen as a response to not just Glenn Beck’s Restoring Honor Rally, which was held on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, the same place that exactly 47 years prior Dr. Martin Luther King gave his famous “I Have a Dream Speech”, but to share those opinions that often get overrun by those who shout more. But, be aware, as Stewart said, “sanity is in the eye of the beholder.” So who’s sanity are we attempting to restore? Now that we all have seen the mid-term election results, did Stewart/Colbert and attendees restore sanity? Should we be looking for sanity in politics?

Did you vote for change in 2008? Did you vote for change in 2010? In the wake of yesterday’s Democratic beatdown by Republicans and the Tea Party, we need to reflect on a few things, namely why did this happen, how will it affect us, and will anything change? We here at FP don’t fancy ourselves pundits, but these are questions worth pondering.

This year marks the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War. We should all take a moment to be happy that we’re only yelling at each other, hurting feelings rather than killing one another. As Americans, this conflict is in our blood. It’s always been us against them, but as Stewart pointed out, we still find a way to make it work.


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