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kevin_standlee
Jun. 18th, 2016 06:26 pm (UTC)
This echos everywhere, including the Raving Mad Puppies and their fellow travelers. One of their notable members essentially said that every politician is corrupt, and everyone working for any government agency involved in any election at all is obviously corrupt. I pointed out to him that my aunt was the civil servant responsible for elections in the county in which my home town is located. Was he saying that my Aunt Mary was on the take and was falsifying election returns? He backpedaled and wouldn't answer the question.

I rather think that my aunt would be living somewhat better than she and my uncle did if she was corrupt like that. Similarly, the Hugo Awards voting is obviously not corrupt, because if it was, the Puppies wouldn't have been able to game it the way they did. They very fact that they succeeded is a proof of the honesty of the administrators, who surely were personally unhappy with the results they had to report. It also says a whole lot about the Puppies personally, because IMO, they assume that if they were running the election, they'd just pick the things they personally wanted and ignore the votes, because of course that's how real elections work.

This continuing denigration of every politician and public employee is toxic to our entire society.
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