This one was sent in by a reader who had an exchange with this guy about Atlas Shrugged.
Him: Atlas Shrugged … Did you read that because you're a dyed in the wool republican or because it's a good way to fall asleep for a severe insomnia problem?
Me: Wow, you must have girls lining up to meet you. Plenty of snap judgments i could make about you, but I'm not like that.
Btw, I'm a registered democrat, jackass.
Him: How did you know? I do have girls lining up, but its mostly to beat me with large inflatable bats. I have a way with words you know.
I find at random events where I run into groups of republicans, they seem to mention the book. I haven't even read anything beyond the wikipedia synopsis which sounds …well grim and mostly dull.
(Also, I saw what you did there…democrat, donkey, jackass.. well played).
Me: Maybe your problem is that you talk out of your ass without actually knowing anything about what you're saying. If you had actually read the book, you'd get the irony about when people are too lazy to actually do something themselves, rather than just sitting on the sidelines, criticizing.
I'm a democrat, but being a democrat means educating yourself in a way that goes beyond reading wikipedia.
I wish you luck on here, but I'm looking for someone with knowledge that goes beyond the superficial. Sorry.
Him: I don't believe you read the bit where I'm not even American. I don't actually care. I like making fun of both parties because I don't believe you need to be a 'registered democrat' or 'republican'. You're a registered 'voter' who makes independent choices based on the economic and social policies put into place by opposing parties. Your families previous choices are irrelevant. Heck, your previous election choices are irrelevant.
All that matters is. “This candidate and their party offers an combination of policies that provide me with the highest gained economic and social utility after their election”. And if everyone acted in their self-interest that way, then you have a system that represents the best outcome given the population at large.
Or of course, you can say “I'm part of the X party, so I'm voting for them no matter what”. Up to you really. I for one, just like to be a 'superficial' dick to cute girls who read difficult books.