Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Federalist Paper #10

I’ll have more on the “Church of the Holy Marathon” later.

But first, more politcs.


Complaints are everywhere heard from our most considerate and virtuous citizens, equally the friends of public and private faith, and of public and personal liberty, that our governments are too unstable, that the public good is disregarded in the conflicts of rival parties, and that measures are too often decided, not according to the rules of justice and the rights of the minor party, but by the superior force of an interested and overbearing majority. However anxiously we may wish that these complaints had no foundation, the evidence, of known facts will not permit us to deny that they are in some degree true.”


Nation first, party second = good.

Party first, nation second = bad.


“We need to get a good crop of (A. republicans / B. democrats / C. representatives) in Congress to set this nation straight!”

Answer:  C


Keep our liberties.  Keep our parties.  Force our parties to be responsive and REPRESENTATIVE of our wishes, rather than the parties forcing us to represent their wishes.  We are in a climate where the representative votes for the wishes of the party because he is beholden to the party, not the populace, because the party placed him in office and the populace has no rights or recourse.

Right now the system is working as the system should.  The parties are interested in putting Rs and Ds in seats without regard to policy, representation, or good governance.  We are in a “yellow dog party” political atmosphere, as in “Vote for this yellow dog because he’s a republicrat/demolican”.




Ideally, to save the current state of affairs, we’ll see congress turned over to the opposition and we’ll have a split government for the next 2 years.  Unfortunately that may have the residual effect of a unified government in 2008, which would be further counterproductive.

My current political heroes:  John McCain, Joe Lieberman, Carole Keeton Strayhorn, and to a much, much, much lesser extent Kinky Friedman.  The first two have given their party the finger and are running without their support.  The last one gave both parties the finger and is running on his own, but has about as much chance of winning his election as I do, and if he does win he has about as much chance of being effective as I do, especially since the Texas Governor’s post is about as weak as it gets and he has as much experience being governor as I do. 

I actually enjoy political speeches where the speaker says “this is what I will do and what I believe” rather than informing me of what he thinks his opponent believes without offering any direction and leadership.

Ah, there’s the word…  leadership.  That’s something sorely missing in politics today.  Today’s message is “I’m not that guy!”  The Dems have run every campaign since 2000 on that platform, and it comes up short every time.  If only, if only, someone would stand up and say “I’m the guy!  Follow me!”  If only…

Alas, we do not live in the nation our fathers founded, so I’m not going to hold my breath.


Blogger Vic said...

A point of fed 10 is Yes, factions = bad. But Madison argued that to abolish factions would mean to give up liberty and that was and is not acceptable.

We are only in the climate that you descibe because WE WANT TO BE!!! Please! We are not helpless minions at the mercy of the parties. The ONLY problem with our political system today is the laziness and apathy of the American people who form their opinions on issues like driving through the the mcdonald's drive through. Here we have this great tool called the internet, where if you really cared about an issue, you could get the facts and form an educated opinion. But no, we'd rather get our 30-second sound bites from the boob tube and then believe everything they say on TV. Then, such a small percentage of folks vote.

I'm tired of people saying they don't get involved because the system is broken and they have no say. THE SYSTEM IS BROKEN BECAUSE THEY ARE NOT INVOLVED!!!! It's not rocket science. The founding fathers left us in pretty good shape. Our Constitution is and incredible document. Americans just don't know it and dont' avail themselves of the power that our founding fathers left to the people, not the parties. It's our fault and our fault alone. So, no crying, k?

3:49 PM  
Blogger Joe said...

"A person is an intelligent and thoughtful being. People are panicky sheep."
The system is the system and has been hijacked by ignorance, yes, and lack of leadership. Ignorance is our own fault. Lack of leadership is... well, our own fault, too.
There is no crying going on here. But there is also not now or ever going to be "vote for a party" sentiment. Selecting the lesser of two evils is still selecting evil.

6:22 PM  
Blogger Vic said...

Pragmatically speaking though, a conservative can't bring themselves in a general election to vote for the democrats, just because the republicans are not perfect. The time to "get mad" and do something about the "evil" in your party is during the primary. Here in Texas, there have been grass roots efforts to actually recruit new candidates to run against incumbants in the primaries and we're cleaning house. But puting the dems in power (for a conservative) would be the ultimate cutting off your nose to spite your face.

8:03 PM  
Blogger Joe said...

Again, party politics trumps national loyalty.
The best candidate, regardless of the letter following the name. Should a republican vote for Tom DeLay?
Should a republican vote for Joe Lieberman?
Who should an "informed voter" support?ju
"...the public good is disregarded in the conflicts of rival parties...."

10:21 PM  
Blogger Vic said...

If she's a good Republican, she should sure vote for Tod DeLay. :)

Regarding Joe Lieberman, if it puts Hillary Clinton into the Chairmanship of the Judiciary Committee and Ted Kennedy as Chairman of the Appropirations, then NO, a republican should not vote for Joe Lieberman.

I know they say that all politics is local. And that's true but the results are felt nationally. So, it's very simple to me. If I'm for leaving Iraq, increased taxes, government-run healthcare, even higher spending, more great programs like Social Security, I'll vote for the Dem.

6:04 AM  
Blogger Joe said...

And we will all go to hell in a handbasket with the party's bumper sticker firmly affixed.
D = bad, R = good ignores the "well informed voter" presumption. Of course, so does D = good, R = bad.
America first, party (a distant) second.

6:44 AM  
Blogger Vic said...

We just need to work harder in the primaries. :)

8:34 AM  

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