There is people so excited over this election that they think the President has something to do with running this country. – 30 October 1932 Will Rogers
I am going to leave the quote above to pretty much stand on it own. Many want to blame the president on everything that happens in the country. “It rained so much today, it must be the president’s fault”. I am more of a realist maybe. I don’t think any of those yahoos in Washington have much to do with what happens in the country. And thanks heavens for that!
source: Nonwhite voters and changing values make 2012 election pivotal – Los Angeles Times.
The 2012 election marked the point at which a new American electoral coalition solidified its hold on politics, one built on the country’s growing nonwhite population and on cultural changes that have given younger voters of all races a far different outlook on political issues from that of their elders.
It is still not clear just who made up the majority that swept President Obama into a second term and seemingly muted the Tea Party’s power in today’s politics. But it is obvious that the $1 billion spent by the 1% had little effect on who won elections. It is obvious that the common people, many of color, gained power from this election cycle. More…
via Karl Rove on why Romney lost: Obama was ‘suppressing the vote’ – CSMonitor.com.
“He succeeded by suppressing the vote, by saying to people, ‘you may not like who I am, and I know you can’t bring yourself to vote for me, but I’m going to paint this other guy as simply a rich guy who only cares about himself,’ ” Rove said.
By his definition of suppression, it sounds just like traditional “opposition research” and negative advertising. Does Rove (himself a purveyor of negative ads in his work for George W. Bush and now at the Crossroads GPS group) have some different point to make, or is this just sour grapes over the election outcome?
Karl Rove has a lot of explaining to do. He took over a $1 billions from some very rich folks and delivered virtually nothing for them. Not only did their candidate Mr. Romney lose the election but many of the tea party also came up short. Mr. Rove has a lot of explaining to do but even I did not imagine he would blame it on President Obama suppressing the vote? More…
Today I will be doing something I have done every four years for the last forty-four years and that is to cast my vote for who will be the next president of the U.S. I, unlike a predicted 40% of my fellow citizens, take this duty very seriously. I study the candidates and choose the person who I believe will do the least harm to the country. It didn’t use to be that way. In my early voting days up I usually voted “for” someone instead of “against” someone. Does that mean that there are now no contenders that are desirable? I don’t know. Almost as important is who will be in the Senate. I have a choice in that make-up also. But again I am mainly voting against Mr. Mourdock for that office. I really don’t know much about what his opponent stand for and it really doesn’t matter in this instance. More…
Come pretty near having two holidays of equal importance in the same week, Halloween and the election, and of the two, the election provides us the most fun. – 2 November 1930 Will Rogers
This one doesn’t need any explaining and it is equally true as it was 82 years ago.
via Romney Reframes Donor Remarks to Refocus on Economic Issues – Businessweek.
Massachusetts Republican Senator Scott Brown, who is running for re-election in a close race against Democrat Elizabeth Warren, a former Harvard University professor, told The Hill newspaper: “That’s not the way I view the world. As someone who grew up in tough circumstances, I know that being on public assistance is not a spot that anyone wants to be in.”
While Romney said he was talking about people who don’t pay income taxes, his comments about Americans who feel “entitled” to government help prompted some Republicans to say that they might alienate veterans as well.
Richard Armitage, former deputy Secretary of State under Republican President George W. Bush and a former Defense Department official, said the remarks showed “that Mr. Romney doesn’t know what this country looks like, and he has no idea how government works.” More…
Elections are a good deal like marriages, there’s no accounting for anyone’s taste. – May 10, 1925 Will Rogers
You did it again Will. You perfectly described an election eighty-seven years in the future. There is just no accounting for the taste of the people who will be voting Republican this year. But then again we will have to wait to see just how many actually vote for that yahoo who will face Obama this year. He does seem pretty good at accumulating wealth but doesn’t seem to have a clue of how people live on less than $1 million per year.
We know that over half the marriages now days end in divorce. I think the same thing will likely happen if by some remote change Mr. “Bain Capital” does get elected. It won’t be long before the one who voted for him are seeking a divorce. Looking at the statistics I know that about 25% of the population are die-hard Republicans. But that number seems to shrink daily so it might be lower than that now. Of course those guys, and for the most part they are guys, would vote for anyone on the Republican ticket so there is no accounting for their taste.
Now I’m not saying that the Democrat who now holds the White House is much better. He has been a major disappointment to me. But at least we know what he might be up to for another four years. We have no idea what the damage that the other guy might do. He, and all the super rich guys in the super pacs , and I do mean guys (ha)) who run all the commercials for him seem to want to put the final screw to us retired folks by taking away our Medicare and Social Security among many other “handouts” as they call them. But they are an equal opportunity screwer as they want to take food stamps and the likes away from poor folks. The only thing they seem to be for is more tax breaks for themselves. They claim they are the job producers and need every cent to accomplish that. What they don’t want you to remember is that they have had their big tax breaks for eight years now and have produced little in the way of jobs but lots in the way of personal income.
There is a saying that “their is power in numbers”. There are a lot more of us folks who are getting screwed than there are those who are doing the job on us. When will we realize that we can dump these guys, yes in both parties, anytime we want to. We just have to realize that in a democracy there is power in numbers.
But what do I know…..
We elect our Presidents, be they Republican or Democrat, then go home and start daring ’em to make good. – April 1, 1935 Will Rogers
Sometimes I can really get down to that deep thinking. I mean the pure foundational stuff. I think what Will said above is foundational stuff for a democracy. We elect our presidents and all the other people’s representative and then go home and dare them to get it right! This worked pretty well for the first two centuries of our existence. There were a few duds during that period but generally the people we elected at least tried to “make good”.
But something in the process seems to have broken as we entered the 21st century.
- Maybe it got broken because we have done something that prevents the really good guys/gals to come forward to “live up to the dare”? – Being a guy that has done some pretty serious studying of history I can see that the political processes we have now is pretty raunchy. It has been bad in the past but never to the extreme as now. I can’t see where anyone would want to put themselves through the process of becoming one of our political leaders. Have we just ground out the civility in seeking elected office so that only the “pretenders” with hyper-inflated egos will even attempt to endure our election process?
- Maybe it is got broken because the people doing the choosing got lazy? – Being a representative democracy is tough stuff. It takes work to choose the right leaders. Maybe we have just become too lazy in choosing our leaders. We don’t do our homework any more to try to wean the pretenders and wannabes from the crowd. We fall victims to 30 second sound bites instead of studying the issues. Maybe we are just too lazy to maintain a democracy anymore?
- Maybe it got broken because of all the money that corrupts the process? – When the Supreme Court decided that corporations are people and they should have free exercise in buying the candidates and elected officials we started down a road with no return. When we as individuals must compete with $trillion corporations it is pretty easy to figure out who is going to come out ahead. Maybe we have sold our democracy to corporate and elitist greed?
- Maybe it go broken because we have outlived the positive aspects of a capitalist society? – This one gets really deep! I don’t want to blow a gasket in my brain so will only touch the surface. Our capitalistic society is based on greed. That is not a bad when there are checks and balances to add in a moralistic factor. Pure capitalism just doesn’t have any compassion for anything but profits. Everything else is a very distant second if it is even considered. This type of greed was also pretty dominant about 100 years ago but it was stomped down by hard-fought unions and a Republican President named Roosevelt. But, even compared to that time the moralist factor seems to have died out in the 21st century. Our society seem to have devolved down into the survival of the fittest mentality. Another way of saying that is “I got mine so screw you!!” We just seem to have lost the compassion for our fellow-man any more and no one seems to be able to rescue it. Are we finally succumbing to the dark side of capitalism?
To wrap this up it is probably a combination of all of the above. I just hope that we can come back from the edge of the cliff once again but I have my doubts this time around.
But what do I know…..
This year I decided to make a life change. Up until that point I was an avid follower of the political process. I watched every convention and heard most of the speeches present there. I followed most of the candidates positions; even those who I could not vote for. I worked actively and supported with my rather generous donations one of the presidential candidates in the 2008 election. But starting that day in the Spring of this year I decided to leave all politics behind and I can say I am now a much happier person for it.
Politics in the last few years has just become too ugly for my sanity. It seems that whoever is elected is automatically doomed to failure in this highly partisan atmosphere. I am totally disillusioned with the idea that our democaray can survive the idoicy of the current political process. Jefferson said many years ago that the success of a democracy is dependent on an informed electorate. If that is the case we should be counting the years. What will replace it I just don’t know or even care at the moment.
So, in my mind it is better to just abandon any thoughts of something that seems currently unfixable. I will leave it up to others to try and get us out of this current quagmire. As for me I am following the saying that “ignorance is bliss” and enjoying every minute of it. Standing back and looking at our current political processes is nothing but amusing to me now.
And the journey goes on….