If it's all about sex, can we just have sex instead of taxes?

We pay taxes, and politicians are elected to figure out how to manage the tax money, and the country is just about bankrupt.

But over and over, we are told that that the real issue is sex.

In terms of politics, this generally takes the form of the culture war. One party says sex is good, so do it! The other party says sex is bad, so be celibate! Both parties are populated by people who have sex, which means that the people who say they're on the side of sex tend to come out ahead of the people who say they're against it. Everything goes according to stereotype.

And even when we're on the verge of bankruptcy, it's still about sex. By mutual consent of both parties.

It's easy to see why they do this. What's harder to understand is how they get away with it.

You'd almost think the sex scam was working.

MORE: Thanks to Memeorandum for the link!

posted by Eric on 10.28.10 at 10:31 PM


Er, which party pushes celibacy? Is there a Shaker party I've overlooked? Thought they died out.

notaclue   ·  October 29, 2010 8:43 AM

Celibacy, chastity, abstinence -- I am not saying these things are the reality so much the popular stereotype. The reality is that the Democrats are more against sexuality than the Republicans; most sex scandals consist of Democratic scoldings directed against Republicans -- for alleged sexual misdeeds which are deemed "hypocritical."

I am personally tired of it all, but it provides fuel for the blog!

Eric Scheie   ·  October 29, 2010 11:19 AM

Too close to the election for much real politics.

Funny thing about this sex story is that the people involved did not actually have sex. How desperate are "they" getting to run with a no sex sex story?

I did hear that there may have been some nudity involved so there is that.

In fact I was told that there was a Bush involved. Or maybe a bush. I can't exactly put my finger on it but there is something fishy here.

M. Simon   ·  October 29, 2010 11:43 AM

BTW sleeping naked with a woman was one of my favorite dating techniques. I'd say "Sleep with me naked. I promise no sex. I just like the contact." And I'd keep my promise.

About 3/4s of the time the lady in question would later put the moves on me trying to figure out if it was me (was I gay?) or her (she was unattractive).

I always preferred sex with a VERY willing partner. And that little trick just about insured it.

And the times it failed? I got to sleep naked with a naked woman. Which is not bad.

M. Simon   ·  October 29, 2010 11:54 AM

Your entire premise is incorrect.

It isn't, nor has it ever been, about sex. It is about scandal, and sex is merely one subtype of scandal. Other types include the illegal nanny, ethics scandals, draft-dodging scandals, etc. They have identical effects, so there is no logical reason to single out only sex.

For too many reasons to list, incumbency has become a powerful advantage - so powerful, that often nothing less than a scandal can nullify it. THAT is the heart of the problem.

* Are spread to a wide audience by the (still mostly trusted) media essentially for free once the story breaks or is released.

* Bypass all forms of campaign "reform" (controls) and therefore the more controls, the more powerful scandal is compared to other tools.

* Can often be timed so that it's foremost in voters' minds when they go to the ballot box.

* Even if it's untrue or a partial-at-best truth, it has the advantage all lies do... it will travel across the world while the truth is still tying its shoelaces.

* Retractions are printed on page Z12 five days after the election.

Ryan Waxx   ·  October 30, 2010 5:42 PM

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