Are Politicians Honest Enough to Sell Used Cars?

My Party needs no ethics

This morning a headline caught my eye while I was browsing through the HuffPo politics section;  the article was not at all what I expected.  I suppose if a person read it without bothering to actually think about anything it said one might find it inspiring despite its sneering tone and total lack of logic, internal or otherwise.  Personally, I can’t even see the point of publishing it in a national online magazine.  Even with all benefit of the doubt regarding content the issues addressed belong in some high-level Democrat Party memorandum instead of a public polemic.

Let’s take it apart piece by piece and see what holds it all together.

Why Don’t Democrats Vote? I’ll Tell You Why.

 – U.S. Congressman for Florida’s 9th District

As you may have heard, Democratic turnout dropped off a cliff again last year, just like it did in 2010. I was wondering why, so I asked. I polled Florida non-voters. I found that the main reason why they didn’t vote last year was simple: They couldn’t see any difference between the candidates. When there is no difference between the candidates, Democrats don’t vote, and Democrats lose.

Take note of the phrases I have added emphasis to; we don’t need them yet, but keep them in mind.

I will skip over a wholesale and retail demonetization of Republicans plus a conflating of national and local politics.

The Democratic nominee was Charlie Crist, a REPUBLICAN former governor. Crist was so far to the right that he was known as “Chain-Gang Charlie.” In 2010, when Scott was first elected, Crist killed the Democrat’s chances for a US Senate seat from Florida by dropping out of his own Republican primary, where he was 25 points down, and running as an “independent.” That “stinking maneuver” (as Yitzhak Rabin would have put it) made Marco Rubio the junior senator from Florida.

Here is where anyone bold enough to actually attempt to think about what the kindly Rep. is saying will start getting very confused.  If Crist was the Democratic nominee would that not make him a former Republican as well as a former governor; why not just say former Republican governor?  Or is it Rep. Grayson’s contention that Crist retained his Republican identity and merely concealed it in order to conduct 5th column activity?  Does he have evidence of this, or is this insinuation as mean-spirited and sense-free as the rest of his polemic?

Even more nonsensical is the notion that, (according to Rep. Grayson), a far right, conservative candidate dropping out of the Republican primary to run in the general election as an Independent somehow split the DEMOCRATIC vote to allow the remaining Republican to win.  To put it mildly – this does not compute.  Instead, it gives the impression that the Democratic vote was so light that even with the Republican vote split the Democratic candidate was defeated in the general election.  It would be interesting to look up articles from just after Crist went Independent; I would not be surprised to see that the Democratic reaction was actually glee at facing a split conservative electorate.

Rather than shunning Crist for blowing that 2010 Senate race for the Democrats, the Democrats actually recruited him. They crowned someone who was a Republican just a few years earlier, and a conservative Republican at that, as the “Democratic” nominee for governor.

So, either the Florida Democrats are incredibly stupid, or their leadership thinks that they are, or maybe Crist was not seen by Florida voters as quite the Right-Wing dragon that the Good Rep. Grayson wants the rest of us to think he was.

Political strategists called this a brilliant move by the Democratic Party. And Democratic voters were appalled, as my own little poll showed. Democratic voters stayed home in droves, and the Democrats lost.

I wonder, did Grayson want the nomination only to be rebuffed?  As I said at the start, this whole article should have been addressed to the Party’s insiders instead of the voting public, unless part of his intent is of spanking Floridians for not nominating and electing him?

…We offered the non-voters 12 different reasons to explain why they hadn’t voted. Reason #1, the most “popular,” was that “people did not like either choice for Governor.” Forty-one percent of the Democratic non-voters said that this was the main reason why people didn’t vote.

Remember the emphasized phrases from the beginning that you were asked to remember?  I think Rep. Grayson had hoped that you wouldn’t because his own memory seems to be a bit faded, or maybe just a tad adjusted, like recalcitrant weather data in a report on global warming.

What was it he said?  Oh, yes, he said that voters felt there was no difference between the candidates.  But the actual response only said that the non-voters did not like either candidate for what I assume to be a wide range of unspecified reasons.  To claim that “Don’t like either” is identical with “There is no difference between them” is not just disingenuous, it is dishonest!

By the way, the non-voters were overwhelmingly Democratic, whether or not they were registered as such. When asked whom they had had favored in the 2012 Presidential race, they chose Obama over Romney by 17 points. President Obama won Florida — among the actual voters — by less than one point.

I honestly don’t think that the honorable State Representative understood that this statement destroys his entire thesis regarding Democrats staying home because the candidates are too similar.  Clearly, the Democratic presidential voters in Florida failed to turn out in numbers that reflected poll results, but Grayson thinks that this was because Romney and Obama were too similar?  Seriously?  Or is he just running his mouth to score emotional points without paying attention to how much damage each new point might do to his main thesis?  Is he that dumb, or does he really believe, and act as though the voters are even dumber?

So, let’s be honest. When we put up a pseudo-Democrat or a neo-Democrat or a quasi-Democrat or a semi-Democrat for Team Blue, our voters are not amused. They are not fooled. And we only hurt ourselves.

The voters deserve a choice. In fact, they insist on it. Or they simply won’t vote.

Once again it is clear that this is not a message meant for the ears of voters.  It is the adult conversation meant to be overheard by the children to reassure them that at least one of a pair of combative parents really cares.  Or maybe he is just primping for the next run for governor?

Courage,

Rep. Alan Grayson

P.S. Big news tomorrow.

Another chance at a run for governor?  I never would have guessed!

How to Reform Politics: What Your Politician Will Never Tell You

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You hear it on the Left, you hear it on the Right, you hear it from the Third Parties – Reform Campaign Finance; Reform Congressional Lobbying, Reform Labor Relations and Unions! But, you never hear solutions, at least not solutions that amount to more than “things would be wonderful if those people over there (labor, management, government, you and me, etc. ad nauseum) were not allowed to participate in the process at all!!!“.

And the sad part Virginia, is that the solutions are so damn simple anyone can see it the moment they drop their “but, we have to win”/zero sum perspectives.

How do we reform campaign finance? We can’t, so we don’t.

That is, we don’t reform it, we eliminate it! It is nothing but a source of potential corruption and cannot be “fixed” by any means available to man, so let’s drop it. All election campaigns should be financed from a pool of government funds; if politician A gets X number of signatures qualifying for a place on the ballot for the office of Y he/she would get the same exact amount as every other andidate who qualified for that ballot.

I eagerly await anyone who can show me that this is a bad idea, except for the fact that their side, the good guys, can’t use it against the evil bad guys, their opposition, whoever they may be at the moment.

That takes care of a huge part of the inefficiency and corruption of modern politics at one fell swoop; how about we go after most of the rest with our backhand?

Congressional lobbying, bending the ear of Senators and Representatives, is quite arguably inseparable from a meaningful freedom of speech or a responsive government, so how do we reform what we cannot eliminate? We pass a law making it illegal to pay (in goods or services as well as money) someone to do it for you, that’s all.

Both of these ideas put central the concept that money is not equal to speech;a nonsensical conclusion to anyone who is not desiring to benefit from corruption before it is shut down if I ever eard one!

Think about it Virginia, if Citizen A has 10 dollars his political voice is only ten dollars “loud” but, if Citizen Y, or worse, Corporation M and foreign national R, with ten million dollars have voices that make Citizen A virtually invisible on the political stage; surely this is not what any of our founders
envisioned!

Which brings us to the unions! SO much has changed since the heyday of the teens and twenties of the last century. Remind me again, in this day and age just what purpose do Union Leaders serve… other than their own?

My proposal once again is very simple, organic and even elegant: when a union ends a despite and signs a new contract they immediately disband.

That’s it. If a new issue arises and the workers vote to form a new union to deal with it all is well and good. And when a new contract is signed the leaders go back to work instead of sinking their fangs into the real worker’s necks and riding them until they die, or their industry is killed instead.

Now, take those three, simple changes, all of them unassailable on Constitutional grounds, and project the country past two presidential election cycles; does your mind boggle at the possibilities for real improvement? Does a shiver run down your leg?

Then take it and run with it! The beauty of our system is that no matter how much a pol does not want to do something, if enough people get an idea in their heads the pols have to go along and pray to survive the next election.

All of these changes have one thing in common, reality, they make the government deal with facts and voters, not special interests and corporate funds; and that Virginia, is really all this country needs to be a strong and beautiful as it can be.

The American Population Have Willfully Become Immoral Idiots

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I for one am getting rather tired of all the whining and moaning from all sides over the evils that have been inflicted upon us by the “forces of darkness“, also known as: Republicans, Democrats, Independents,Corporations, Racial Groups, Religious Groups, Foreign Groups; any group that is for whatever that particular whiner is against.

What really matters to most voters is not what they are accomplishing; it is all about preventing the opposition from carrying out their-heinous-agenda-destined-to-enslave-the-Human-race-forever-and-ever.  They define themselves not by what they are “for”, instead they define their existence, their life, on what they are against. Is it any wonder that politics is a morass of factionalism and lends very little of its time and energy to actually serving the public with genuine weal?

And these same voters all can see before them the one and only insurmountable barrier to political reform and campaign reform, indeed a complete “America reform“! They see it, they condemn it, they tell everyone that it must be “reformed”; and every man(woman)-jack of them plays, and protects, the very system they demonize; it is called campaign finance Virginia, and it must GO!

Why do politicians listen to anyone other than citizen voters? Why is voting seen as a valueless “right” by the majority of US citizens when they should regard it as a priceless privilege and duty? The answer to both is the same: we allow people to give politicians money.  Individuals, groups, companies, corporations vast and amorphous, all are allowed to BRIBE POLITICIANS; this is subject to almost laughable “rules” intended for [pretending we give a damn about] “protecting” the citizenry from “abuses” of this essentially irredeemable and malignant institution, all the while scheming for “our side” to game the system.

Take a moment people, think about it and admit your guilt! Americans like to think they might be able to buy their way to control in the name of their own personal “way to Utopia” regardless of the merit of any particular idea put forth by the “opposition”. But, imagine what things would be like if there were no campaign donations period, end of sentence. No. Campaign. Donations.

The basic idea is also simple. Just make ALL elected politicians campaign with money provided by an evenly divided taxpayer provided pool. Once a candidate is on the ballot they would be equal in the eyes of those in the electorate not already familiar with their record; if the same professionally neutral production companies were used and the same budgets given to each, why the best man(woman) just might have a chance of winning!

But, the American electorate knows this and does nothing. They, yes, I mean you, chase after your own slice of the corruption while not lifting a finger to take action, or even speak about just doing away with the whole toxic institution as easily as Herr Obama nationalized whole swaths of privately owned business; but, this time it would be not a theft, but a returning of sovereignty to where it belongs, in the hands of We The People!

Let us go further and declare a campaign able to buy products and impersonal services (printing flyers & buttons, ads, catering, security, etc.) but, prevent them from HIRING anyone for anything more creative than emptying the trashcans at the office! Yes, Virginia, let us prevent anyone from being a professional politician elector! No hired writers, artists, designers, agitators, petition collectors or “political advisors”; in the case of things like television production all candidates in a particular election should be confined to using the same production company which will be selected by competitive bid.

The idea behind this addition is that if you have to hire people to get your message across your message is probably not that important to anyone but you. If something needs to happen it will generate the zeal in citizens to do something about it without anyone making a living from it and automatically biasing the process!

Think about it my people, other than as a defense of your dreams of a forlorn hope that your personal brand of righteousness might “win” using corrupt and dirty methods, then shed them like butterfly leaving behind its worminess to produce a thing of beauty, what cause do you have to not rise up and demand campaign financing to END?

It is inimically self-righteous selfishness that has resulted in our giving money the rights of a citizen. Money represents nothing more than the collective productivity of a nation. Money is nothing but a system of tokens that we use to keep track of productivity as we trade it amongst ourselves and other nations.

Taken it objectively: this perversion of Western politics means that whoever can amass (by hook or by crook, only the end total matters) a large portion of this collection of game counters has the right to more “free speech” than those citizens, equal in numbers and passion, who are not as good at the economical game.  Doesn’t this concept go violently against both Conservative and Liberal ideals?!? Why does it continue then, when real power (the Vote) still is in the hands of the citizens?

Because too many people think THEY MIGHT BE ABLE TO USE IT THEMSELVES, and so excuse it!  So Americans should stop whining about not having influence America, we are getting exactly what we wanted and what we deserve.