We can bitch, but we can also elect.

Reblogger Brian Brady
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I really enjoyed Jason Sardi's libertarian thoughts.  As I was reading the comments, I saw this from Deb Brooks:

My question is, Why can't we just rewind to the era of Industrialism? Oh yeah, it's because our Unions have strangled the US Industries to make them go overseas. Our jobs are dropping like flies because the government wants to own everything. OMG, I could really rant here but I'm going to try not to...okay, I did a little. But, you are right and I am right and what's going on in our government is NOT right. How can we change it? I feel helpless, insignificant, and demoralized.

I emboldened the last sentence to illustrate just how insidious gangster government is.  It's not just that it seizes economic opportunity, from competent entrepreneurs, it demoralizes (Deb's fine choice of wording.)  I might have some thoughts about Deb's pining for the Industrial Age, and why it isn't necessary anymore, and I definitely want to share thoughts about the emboldened statement.

For now, I'll just offer Deb this advice about government; supplant it

Original content by Jason Sardi

If I am not mistaken, it was my sophomore year of college when I was posed with a question.  It was of a general nature in the only writing class I ever took in college.  I was asked who I was voting for in the Presidential Race.

I voted Perot, twice.  Now, had my vote become a reality ... well, who knows what the present would now hold.  And when I told that class the answer, the brilliant retorts of "Wasted Vote" wept like a cloud on a rainy day.  I thought them moronic because I wasn't voting Perot to take away from the Democrats or give to the Republicans or vice versa.  I didn't even vote Perot because he brought up the whole National Debt thing.  I voted Perot because I had that uncanny notion that monopolies were not looked upon nicely in our world.  And here we are ... living in one, Politically.

Democrats, Republicans, Liberals, Conservatives, it all reminds me of how boxed in we now are.  Don't get me wrong.  I still think this is the best of the rest as far as the rest of the species are governed, however we've had Clinton & Bush for some 18 years before the half-white guy got the nod. 

We are as inconsistent as we are smart about things.  The Far Right will tell the tale about small government and then start probing into your bedroom and your womb and your recreational habits like a storm trooper under Darth Vader's control.  And the Far Left, well they are a live and let live bunch unless it steps into the freeloading sector and they have no qualms about wearing a bleeding heart for the person that is about to stab you right there.  No sense for the cents ... those "Libs".

And the moderate (left or right) will sit with a stapled smile, tempered grin, and stirred soul.  While the loudest voices continue to get recognized through a culture who grants TMZ a journalistic gateway, critical thinking rears its unpopular little head. 

But it isn't always about electing who is running, maybe we need to start electing on the size of the ideas (and implementation thereof) and not the pocketbook.  Maybe we need to take the Democrats, Republicans (and their Tea Party constituents who couldn't think up an original name for their cause) and let them know that a New Sheriff is Around. 

This New Sheriff may say:

"I hope you can think for yourself."

Critical Thinking is not a lost art, but the factors that stimulate such are suspect these days.  I always preferred my entertainment to be just that ... entertainment.  At best, loosely mocking the reality of it all.  At worst, loosely mocking the reality of it all.  But to sit back and watch or read an agenda that claims to be any version of the truth and then to also claim they aren't entertainment, but journalistic entities ... makes me almost rationalize the drugs of the 60's. 

And here we are in 2011 and it is the same game, different faces, similar voices trying to figure out whether the squirrel is looking for the nut or if the nut makes the squirrel. 

I still think this is the best of the rest as far as the rest of the species are governed, however we have a long way to go before we elect Ross Perot President of this great nation.

 

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Hi Brian...Thanks for the Re-Blog I missed this Post ...off to read it in detail

Cheers, Have a Great Fourth of July

Jul 03, 2011 06:47 AM #1
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In my opinion, you can't complain unless you vote. If you can't take the time to vote, keep yo yap shut.

Jul 03, 2011 07:11 AM #2
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William J. Archambault, Jr.
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I didn't comment on the original, Jason is Jason and I love him there are just arguments that only end in a stalemate.

I've had the same argument with family.

Those that didn't vote and those that voted for third parties with out a chance or like in Nevada vote "none of the above" have no right to bitch! They got what they deserve!

If that's "moronic" I'm proud of it! Life often comes down to the lesser of two evils! Personally I held my nose and voted for both Bush's and McCain.

Bill

Jul 03, 2011 11:40 AM #3
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William and Brian:  My choice... would be, of course, not overly based in reality.  What if... there really was a viable Third Party candidate that I could vote for.  The only one I can think of right now would be John Huntsman.  What if... he were to build a slate of his cabinet choices BEFORE the election... picking the best and brighted from both parties.  All would hopefully be moderates.  No right-wing fundies nor left-wing crazies. 

I really wonder what things would be like if there really would be such a viable... and I mean electable... Third Party independent candidate running.

Jul 11, 2011 05:02 AM #4
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Great idea, Karen Anne but I don't think it will happen.  In the mean time, I think people ought to vote their principles and choose candidates whom agree most with them.  Not every candudate is perfect but we can certainly find one whose mirror, when held up to us, looks least funny to us.

I couldn't support Huntsman in a primary because I am a capitalist (the libertarian kind, not the Republican brand of crony capitalism).  I think I'd support Kucinich over Hunstman because at least he's protect a few Amendments in the Bill of Rights.

 

Jul 11, 2011 11:47 AM #5
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Brian: Here is the extended version of the comment I made on Sardi's original post.

The only "outsider" I voted for was George McGovern in 1972.  Perot had some great ideas, and some that were not so great.  But the problem was you didn't know who was going to be in the bus with him if he ended up driving into the White House.

Like the last eletion in 2008.  Palin as/is a goof.  McCain... not too bad.  BUT... if they won, first of all... if McCain dies... you end up with President Palin.  What a friggin' disaster.  But the real problem would have been who else would have been in the bus if McCain/Palin had ended up driving it into the White House.

We would have ended up with McConnell in a cabinet position... maybe more.  DeMint in a cabinet position ?  Gawd, what a mess he could make... doing to the entire country what he has done to South Carolina.  Maybe even get the USA well on the way to a Theocracy.  Maybe they'd end up with folks like Gary Bauer ripping the Department of Health and Human Services apart.  Maybe put another fundie in charge of the Department of Education... who would first "gut" it, and then hasten its demise.

Heck, we might even have ended up with Sheriff Joe as head of the FBI.  It's not only the guy (or woman) who drives the bus... it's everyone else who comes in with it.

That is why now... the only Republican candidate I would vote for... is John Huntsman.  He seems to have a level head.  AND... if he were running as an independent... I might vote for him.  But as a Republican... no way... none.  He would be reasonable, and prolly do a good job... but if he brings a busload of loonies with him... from the ultra-conservative Republicans and the Tea Party... what a mess.

In some ways... I almost wished that McCain/Palin would have won.  The recession/depression... the seeds for which were planted by President Cheney and Vice-President Bush... would have even been worse... and the WhiteHouse would have been a lock for Hillary in 2012.  Now... Obama is the butt of all the ultra-conservative and Tea Party venom.  It's almost become sort of a "party game" for the Theocrats.

So... if there is a mainstream Independent... and I said "mainstream" Independent candidate... not another fundie... my lesser of the two evils of Obama against Romney, or Bachmann, or Rick Perry of Texas... (what an absolute shambles he would make of things)... then yes, the lesser of those evils... President Obama... would get my vote.  By default... I understand... but if those are the choices... he will cause less damage.

But still... I surely wish we would have a mainstream... not from the far right or the far left... but a true Independent candidate WITH some experience... but assuming that will not happen (the far right will bar-b-que Huntsman)... then it's Obama.

And to Lenn... HA !  In view of what I said about who would go into the White House along with Romney or whomever... my choice would be... anyone the Democrats nominate.  They will get my vote.  The folks in the rest of the Democratic bus will cause much less damage than those in the right-wing Republican Theocracy's bus.  Hopefully an independent like Huntsman will run in a VIABLE third party, and neither of us will have a concern.

Jul 11, 2011 03:17 PM #6
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By the way... I am very familiar with Dennis Kucinich.  He was mayor of Cleveland while I lived there.  He is very bright.  And his gorgeous red-headed wife if also very bright and very talented.  He has lots of great ideas.

But unfortunately, he is often painted as being out on the fringe.  But... I very often like what he has to say.  Unfortunately, I don't think he would have any chance of winning.  Either the nomination, or the general election.

Jul 11, 2011 03:20 PM #7
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Karen Anne,

I really like DeMint for his strong fiscal issues and I've seen no evidence of his supporting theocratic rule but I'm all ears.

Jul 16, 2011 06:24 AM #8
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