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Since it is now considered fair game to ask candidates for the U.S. Senate like Rand Paul what their stances were on Senate legislation taken back when they were all of two years old, how many other such votes previous legislation can we ask of candidates running today where they stand?
Do they support the Smoot-Hawley Tariff Act of 1932?
Or the Volstead Act of 1918?
Or how about the Mann Act of 1909? Or Davis-Bacon 1931?
What’s your stand on declaring war on Germany in 1917 or the the League of Nations back in 1919?
Are you for Webster or for Haynes?
Do you support the impeachment of Andrew Johnson?
Feel free to add your own to the list of absurdities that the nation’s wretched political press feel necessary to bring up in interviews either as gotcha questions or to stoke controversy and ratings. But remember too the debased quality of political discussion. For when the nation faces the crises of war, debt, unemployment and environmental catastrophe, its inability to deal with such questions arises from its inability to discuss the issues at hand in favor of trivial inanities.