Welcome to The Indecision 11, our soft-hitting — caressing, really — politics questionnaire for smart, funny people. This week: comedian Myq Kaplan, whom you know from his stint on Last Comic Standing, his appearances on Conan and The Late Show with David Letterman, his Comedy Central Presents special and his regular guest spots on the Keith and the Girl comedy podcast. Would you like to buy his best-selling comedy album Vegan Mind Meld? (Hint: you do.) You also want to follow @myqkaplan.
What's your earliest political memory?
I didn't follow politics as a child much at all, other than class elections where I would write in votes for communism. When I got to college I got more engaged. I remember taking an ethics course where I read something that Reagan (or one of his speechwriters) had said about abortion, something to the effect of "If you don't know whether a body is alive or dead, you don't bury it." And it really made me think. I remember thinking that I agreed with the words, but there was more to the issue. Like, what if the body in question is a vampire? Is it alive or dead? Is it alive AND dead (Schrodinger's vampire)? Either way, the point is that you defend yourself against that vampire! (The other point is, I learned that I can make compelling yet distracting arguments about important issues as well. So elect me president against the vampires! As I understand it, presidents need to be vampire hunters these days anyhow.)
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