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It’s Election Day, Even in the World of MMA

Maybe you don’t know this because you spend all day on the internet reading about pro fighting and watching old Pride highlight videos, but today is election day in America. It’s kind of a big deal. So much so that it even reaches over into the insular world of mixed martial arts, at least for a few hours.

Today Sherdog has an article that asks some notable fighters and trainers who they’re voting for. The answers are as varied as you’d expect from a group of MMA types. Chuck Liddell is voting for McCain because he’s rich and doesn’t want his taxes raised. His trainer, John Hackleman, is undecided, but he’s definitely voting against California’s Proposition 8 (a ban on gay marriage), because he’s got two fighters who are “half-gay.” Eddie Bravo isn’t voting at all because voting is an illusion and both candidates are working for the Illuminati. Thanks, Eddie. Things were getting a little too sane around here.

Just to prove how big time he is, yesterday Steve Cofield interviewed Barack Obama and asked him about, among other things, Matt Hughes‘ criticisms of him. Obama responded that Hughes obviously hasn’t actually read his tax plan (no, Matt, watching Fox News doesn’t count as reading).

Fortunately, Matt Hughes has posted another screed, this time an editorial for a local newspaper written by friends of his. The newspaper did not publish it in their print edition, but Hughes is kind of enough to re-post it on his website, a portion of which appears after the jump.

“A people that expects to be ignorant and free, expects what never was and never will be.” -T. Jefferson

We are engaged in a great struggle, not simply for an election but for a people. A people who are in the midst of a battle for freedom, which many thought won only to realize that freedom is paid for in installments, and every generation decides what part of that installment they are willing to pay. There are so many issues (1) Life/care of the disabled and elderly v. slaughter of the unborn/inconvenience of those unable to care for themselves; (2) Property rights/personal sovereignty v. oppressive taxation/redistribution; (3) 2nd amendment rights v. disarmed police state; (4) Holy marriage v. careless attitudes concerning marriage/alternative lifestyles; (5) faith of our founders v. secularization of government; and the question begs, can both sides be right?

The answer, according to Hughes’ buddies, is no. Both sides can’t be right. Guess which side they seem to think is right (hint: it’s not those in favor of “careless attitudes concerning marriage/alternative lifestyles”).

If I wanted to be a real jerk I’d point out the Thomas Jefferson quote at the beginning and then point out the “faith of our founders vs. secularization of the government” line at the end and follow it up with a Jefferson quote of my own:

“Millions of innocent men, women and children, since the introduction of Christianity, have been burned, tortured, fined and imprisoned. What has been the effect of this coercion? To make half the world fools and half hypocrites; to support roguery and error all over the world.”

But that’s unnecessary, right? I’m sure Hughes knows that we have Jefferson to thank for separation of church and state, just like I’m sure he and his buddies know they would not have gotten along with a French-loving, Enlightenment pansy like Jefferson, who they would have accused of being elitist.

My point is this, I love Matt Hughes the fighter. He’s one of my all-time favorites. The way I got my dad to finally watch MMA was by showing him Hughes-Trigg II. But I could not disagree with Hughes’ political and social views more. They make no sense to me. They seem rife with hypocrisy and arrogance, and strike me as antithetical to the goals of a free society.

And that’s why I vote. Because it cancels out the vote of someone like Hughes. That’s why this democracy stuff works. That’s also why you should go vote, because somewhere in America today your exact political opposite is taking to the polls. If you don’t drown out his voice, who will?

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We get the government we deserve- November 17, 2008 at 2:29 pm
gvd- November 8, 2008 at 4:19 pm
Wow the US is screwed? I'm a US citizen but I live in hong kong. Glad I won't be there when the pillaging and raping begins.
Somedudefromhouston- November 4, 2008 at 12:33 pm
No wonder Mcain lost ,his supporters are just stupid as hell. Instead of making profound statments or aruments that make sense, you just spew out hatred,bullshit facts that pull out of your ass. And of course now we have the people going "well he is president so where is the change" or "the wait and see period" which further supports that fact your a fucking racist dumb ass that should have got an education becuase everyone else in america knows it will take time to repair the shit Bush did.
Acrocerid- November 4, 2008 at 5:50 am
Best post-fight interview, EVA!
AresKickboxing- November 4, 2008 at 2:13 am
Nobama- November 4, 2008 at 2:03 am
Well, you got him... Now begins the wait & see period.
Acrocerid- November 3, 2008 at 9:04 pm
McCain's projected win percentage...1.1%. That's the facts. America has spoken. Maybe you should take a lesson from the washed up old wrestler... spend less time being political and more time doing your own damn job.
walrus- November 3, 2008 at 8:50 pm

nicely put
palin = fail- November 3, 2008 at 8:29 pm
palin = fail.
Anonymous- November 3, 2008 at 8:22 pm
our country has been on the right side of the political spectrum.. maybe way too far right. and now a liberal democrat is on the ballot and republicans shoot off on him and call him a socialist. lol
Sticker- November 3, 2008 at 8:00 pm
Fucking Hughes...if people didn't already know his country ass views from having seen him shell out bibles to his fighters on TUF then you know it now. limited ideologies driven by blind faith and ignorance. just like it has been the republican stance to limit the choices of americans such as, generally trying to BAN MMA and censor entertainment.
@ Dozer...of course john mccain retracted his dumbass statement (if in fact he did)...first of all he would have made such a statement without being educated on the subject and as he has proven throughout this campaign he will retract anything in order to get elected...he's the ultimate in bullshit. and to strictly vote one party is the ultime in narrow-minded practice.
BAR-ROCK THE VOTE KIDS! he's our next president.
raze- November 3, 2008 at 7:25 pm
Okay, CP people..please do me a favor-

Stay off political based topics.

It pains me, not only as a person, but as a political scientist to have to read the garbage that some people post on here.

If ANY of you knew just how vile your "savior" Obama is, or what his hand had to do with the current economic problems (here's a hint, the rhetoric about "failed economic policies of the last 8 years" is an easy scapegoat) you would want to skin that man alive. Things done blindly in the name of egalitarianism hurt everyone, and more specifically; those who were being helped by that very idea of equality. Not even the man's own VP pick thinks he's ready for the job (see: the quote Biden made about a year ago how the world will "test" Obama).

McCain is no better. He's about as out of touch with modern day problems (which Obama truly has no grasp of either) as I am with what PMS feels like. For those of you who do not catch that, I would have no idea what it's like...I'm a male. The whole Sarah Palin thing is a complete farce.

Point being, win or lose...we're screwed. Obama will screw us faster, however. To commemorate the passing of democracy, I propose we that everyone wear all black, as this great, powerful country will be brought to its knees within two years. I'm sure you would all like to believe that having a gigantic government what Obama will produce is "for the best" all the while ignoring the fact that when you allow that much power, you essentially become slaves (not in the literal chain and shackle way, but white and blue collar slaves to the government and the masses of America). Too much to the left, too much to the all reads the same; AUTHORITARIANISM. We are treading in deep waters with sharks who smell blood.

Alexis de Tocqueville wrote about the dangers of what is about to happen to this country in "Democracy in America" a very, very long time ago. I hate to say it, but the Frenchy is right.

Enjoy your "freedom" while it lasts.
Vrax- November 3, 2008 at 7:11 pm
1)Can anyone find me one single instance of Obama advocating for state ownership of the means of production and distribution?

2)Can anyone tell me who the biggest "re distributor" of wealth through tax policy in the history of our country was?

1) that's the actual definition of socialism.

2) it rhymes with donald deagan.
TUF Guy- November 3, 2008 at 6:55 pm
I am a gay racist
TUF Guy- November 3, 2008 at 6:45 pm
I voted McCain / Palin because Obohma is a Ter'rist and 9-11, POW
Secondsies- November 3, 2008 at 6:43 pm
Ben G.

Keep this political shit to yourself. No one gives a fuck what you think about politics. You come off as a preachy, holier than thou ass hole. You run a fucking MMA blog, a good one at that. Keep your commentary where it belongs.
mike- November 3, 2008 at 6:13 pm
proud to say i voted for obama/biden today
T. Jefferson- November 3, 2008 at 6:06 pm
Maybe I should have also created separation of sports and state, because reading about politics on my favorite MMA website is annoying. Why ruin the sanctity of the Cage(potato) with talk of politics? Unless there is a direct correlation (i.e. struggle to legalize MMA in certain states) please leave politics out of Cagepotato otherwise i might need to find a new favorite MMA site.
Rumbler- November 3, 2008 at 5:58 pm
I will now no longer read Cagepotato- November 3, 2008 at 5:52 pm
Cagepoto: Politics!

Fuck this.
lastemperor85- November 3, 2008 at 5:44 pm
never once did I say I respect them less because of who they are voting for, it's the fact that they are not voting is what bothers me dumbass. Honestly vote for whoever the fuck you want, but when you think that all of government is a lie such a mr bravo and mr furavotti or however the hell you spell his name, then you look like a jackass and should shut the fuck up. Imbecile fit thy name well
Matt Hughes' beer- November 3, 2008 at 5:31 pm
Man, this guy is dropping a lot of tears in me tonight. I guess Obama won.
Canucklechuck- November 3, 2008 at 4:47 pm
@ TB, I love the message there for me.
My point is that giving company profits to "the people" is actually Marxist, in and of itself. So the Marxist tag is just stupid.
And at least we agree that McCain, Bush, the Dems in Congress, and most of the Republicans are all socialist d-bags, along with Barack.
Just because a lot of people have these completely uninformed "concerns" doesn't make them legitimate, broham. I mean, I heard a 36-year-old guy from Florida on the radio yesterday saying that he just couldn't vote for Obama because his name "sounds too Muslim". Just because a lot of people have this particular "concern" doesn't make it anything more than complete and utter bullshit. As if Barack had anything to do with coming up with his own name.
Oh and in my humble opinion, post Bush, the "Dems will create a larger government" argument actually becomes extremely difficult to make.

@ Imbecile, come on man, I know you want to tell us how you feel. Just do it, maybe you won't feel so dumb.

@ bpd - Great analogy. BJ by landslide.

Oh, and to conclude, I love all of you TB
TO: Author of article- November 3, 2008 at 4:39 pm
While Hughe's social views are pretty out of whack in my opinion, a couple of his points concerning personal property and individual freedom are on point and are FAR more important than the more petty issues. I think casting him as a nut, across the board, shows some narrow-mindedness on your part.

And by the way, we are not a democracy. While that word has been misused so often that it has become an acceptable description of our political system, it was actually one of the most feared forms of government in the eyes of our founding fathers, including Jefferson. There is an old example used to describe a democracy - Two wolves and a sheep voting on what's for dinner. For the simpler minded ones out there, those of us busting our asses and paying taxes are the sheep! The hordes running to vote for Obama today would be the wolves....

One more thing, it should be no surprise that MMA fighters would tend to vote more conservative. MMA is arguably the most individualistic sport there is. Therefore, MMA fighters are likely to be strong individuals. The left has long espoused the desire to destroy the "cult of the individual".
Imbecile- November 3, 2008 at 4:30 pm
@ dandeman

Best thing said in these comments so far!

Also, I think Seth Petruzelli is half-gay.