Graveyard Politics

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In 1978 I registered to vote for the first time in my life.  I chose the Republican Party because I felt their ideology most closely represented my own.  Although I am Pro-Choice and Pro-Same Sex Marriage, the Republican Party’s stand on fiscal conservancy and small government, their strong support of our men and women in the military and support of the 2nd Amendment rights of all Americans were important to me.  At the time, I believed that the Republicans adhered to the laws as set forth in the Constitution more often than the Democrats.

That was then…this is now. 

Many years have passed and Ronald Reagan is just a name self-serving politicians (both Republican and Democrat) throw around when they want to show “We the People” that they are acting out of true Patriotism and not personal greed.  I’m sorry, but simply donning a pair of boots worn by John Wayne does not make you the Duke, quoting the Bible doesn’t make you Jesus and wearing Dolly Parton’s bra is not going to give me a Triple-G bust line.

The other day I attended a seminar given by the Republican Party here in Colorado in an attempt to better understand the Caucus process.  I had attended a Caucus in 2008 prior to the nomination of John McCain as the 2009 Presidential contender for that party.  Having lived on the East Coast most of my life where we voted in Primary Elections by secret ballot, I found the process confusing and felt that my vote really didn’t count.  The seminar did nothing to change my opinion of the process. 

Being a registered Libertarian, I cannot participate in the Caucus.  Fair enough.  The Libertarian Party does not hold a Caucus.  The thing that struck me was how many people in that room considered themselves Libertarian, yet they maintained their Republican Party status so they could attend a Caucus.  The “instructors” told us how to get yourself nominated as a delegate by not associating yourself with a particular candidate.  Then you can go off to Denver and cast your vote your way once you are there.  In other words, even though a majority of the registered voters in your party want you to vote for Candidate X, you can vote for Candidate Y anyway.  Huh?  Call me naive, but isn’t that the kind of crap that got us into this mess in the first place

I felt decidedly out of the loop because my vote and my opinion are of no importance to anyone until Election Day due to the fact that I am an “undeclared” voter.  Uhm…if either party actually paid attention to what is going on in the world outside of Washington, DC,  they would notice that the “undeclared” voters have been the deciding voice in most of our local, state and national elections for the past few years. 

This is not what I envision as a way to change politics as usual.  If anything, it only serves to plant us in a different hole in the same graveyard. 

That’s Not Real Love!

Cartoon by Tim Kelly - originally posted on cnsnews.com

Cartoon by Tim Kelly - originally posted on cnsnews.com

Yesterday I posted an open invitation to an adult conversation.  The topic was “Are the allegations about some of Obama’s Czars true?”

I was particularly interested in receiving information from the more Liberal bloggers.  I asked for facts that proved commentators like Beck, Hannity and Limbaugh are way off the mark.

Eighty hits were registered for this post.  However, the only comment I received from a Liberal blogger related to the “About Me?” page on my blog.  Here is an excerpt from that page, and the comment he made:

Quote from About Me?

I have only a High School education.  I chose not to go to college and instead attended the University that is Life.  I believe “horse sense” will get you farther than “book sense” (unless your ultimate goal is to do nothing but solve the Sunday New York Times crossword puzzle in record time).

Response from blogger –

Funny how so many right-wingers “chose” not to go to college. That explains a lot.

SO, for the reading comprehension impaired, my invitation is as follows:

I would like to hear facts from some of the more Liberal bloggers which prove that the information given by Conservative commentators concerning the Obama administration is incorrect.  I do not want to hear the same old personal attacks, rehashing of past sins, etc.  I am asking for proof.

Let’s give this another shot…

American Communist (oopsie…I meant Community) Survey 2010

“I’m from the Government and I’m here to help”…Lately, this quote has been used in commercials opposing the Obama “Wait in Line Until You are Dead cuz I don’t think you need that MRI”  plan.  However, it can be applied to OMB No. 0607-0810 from the U.S. Census Bureau.

Article 1, Section 2 of the United States Constitution allows the government to conduct an enumeration of the citizens of the United States of America.  The 14th Amendment revised the description of this enumeration, but it remained solely a head count for the purpose of Congressional Districting within each state.  Mind you, I am not quoting directly from the Constitution.

I don’t believe the “heads” they were talking about had American Standard stamped on them, nor did they have flushers.

My ability to walk up and down the stairs has no bearing on whether I should be placed in Representative A or B’s district.  The value of my property, my income and marital status are all a matter of public record.  This information is given to the Internal Revenue Service each year.

It is of no concern to anyone in the United States Government what time I leave my home, unless they wish to come over and do my laundry while I am out.

This is not the first Survey issued under 13 USC 141 (and various other codes), but it is clearly the most invasive.  I have been fortunate enough never to have been the recipient of one.   I hope that I will not receive one this time.

If I do open my mailbox one day and find OMB No. 0607-0810, it will go the way of the Val-Pak Coupon Mailer.   I can give the census bureau credit for one thing, though.  They didn’t insult our intelligence by quoting the  “Paperwork Reduction Act”.

Sunday Blahs…

I am feeling very apathetic today.  And resigned to the fact that no matter what the polls show, or how much a large portion of the American Citizens object, things are only going to get worse.

People like me can express our frustrations until we are blue in the face, but it isn’t going to stop the “Socialist Express” from coming to a town near you.  I always believed that every American has a right to vocalize their concerns, dreams, wishes, discontent, etc. as long as they are not inciting riots or advocating violence against another person.  These days, if you are not “in-sync” with the left-thinking mainstream media, you are shot down, ridiculed and your opinions are dismissed as the words of a sore loser.

First of all, I am not a loser.  I am a fighter.  I am not a mindless sheep following other people’s beliefs to the slaughterhouse.  I will not accept that our country has been so wrong for over 200 years and I will not abide the rewriting or omission of historical facts when it suits the needs of a political party or media outlet.  I am tired of people comparing  others to this great President or that.  Be your own person.  Show us your strengths and weaknesses.  If you are so lacking in personality, summoning dead Presidents isn’t going to help you.

You know, I almost voted for Bill Clinton during the Clinton/Bush election.  Why didn’t I?  Because he could/would not give a straight answer to one of the simplest questions posed to him.  “Have you ever tried marijuana?”  Sorry, Bill, but telling people that you tried it, but didn’t inhale, blew it for me.  I saw 4 years of evasive answers flash before my eyes and I said “No!”.

Honesty, accepting your faults, being human are very important traits to me.

But, it isn’t 2012 yet, so I guess we are stuck with what we have.  I just hope too much damage won’t have been done by then.

A Difficult Decision…

Well, I can’t believe I just made the decision I did.  It was a lot more difficult than I thought it would be.  I just ammended my voter registration card and declared “Libertarian” as my party.

This may not seem like such a big deal to some people, but it is to me.  The strangest part is that my choice was final after I saw clips of the unveiling of Ronald Reagan’s statue today at the Capitol.

You see, Ronald Reagan (to me, at least) embodied a “Constitutional Politician”.  I felt that our Founding Fathers would have been proud when we chose President Reagan to represent us both at home and abroad.

Both the Democrats and the Republicans have fallen so far away from what our Nation was meant to be, that I have lost faith in their ability to not only protect the rights of the many, but also to respect the rights of the individual in the process.  There is so much in-fighting and bi-partisan bull shit that they seem to be unrecognizable as the Leaders of our Nation.

After reading many articles, blogs and books, watching news programs and the like, the Libertarian Party has come across as the most Constitutionally conscientious.  I hope I have made the correct decision.  I believe that I have.