Spock the Vote!
If this subspace relay makes it back to the Sol III on time, many of you north of your equator and west of your prime meridian are engaging in the democratic process.
For a show so firmly rooted in enlightened social touchstones, there isn't THAT much in Star Trek devoted to the topic of voting. Trial by jury, yes – enough of those to last a millennium.
Just imagine, then, if you weren't inundated with robot calls to re-elect Obama, but were hit with unsolicited holograms attesting to the good government of O'Brien!
O'Brien's running mate, of course, is someone who is known to be a divisive figure. We're speaking, of course, of Joe the Bynar. Joe the Bynar can sometimes get into trouble for just spewing out whatever Ones and Zeroes are on his mind, but when President O'Brien needs someone to get on the stump and act tough, Joe the Bynar always has his back.
Then there are the third parties. Shran thinks he has a shot at the blue states. I don't know what frequency his antennae are on, because his aggressive, hawk-like attitude will never play in places like Massachusetts. Even Future-Massachusetts.
Scotty, as patron saint of the Redshirts, is also making a quixotic run in the red states. It's a noble effort, but it is unlikely that the constituency will ever get over the accent. You should just hear talk radio get up in arms about “nacelle babies.”
As Worf runs for office in Louisiana, try to go anywhere in that state without hearing the song “Every Man a Kling!” And while earlier I mentioned that Jeri Ryan was Mitt ROMney's running mate, she's being prudent and also running for reelection in her home district. It's not the first time someone has done this, but surely the first time one has done it claiming to be the “7 of 99 %!”
Elections certainly bring out the emotion in people, and there are those convinced the whole thing is rigged. But even if you have a cousin out there convinced that the Tal Shiar, Obsidian Order and Section 31 are actually running everything, it is still important to get out there and Spock the Vote! (Also, don't respond to any of your cousin's emails. They're totally watching you now; you know that, right?)
Jordan Hoffman is a writer, critic and lapsed filmmaker living in New York City. His work can also be seen on Film.com, ScreenCrush and Badass Digest. On his BLOG, Jordan has reviewed all 727 Trek episodes and films, most of the comics and some of the novels.