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Random Thoughts on Campaigns

Like some of you, I’ve run up considerable mileage on this old body; been around for awhile. I’ve seen and participated in more than several presidential campaigns & elections. My poorly functioning memory tells me my first such vote was for the reelection of Mr. Nixon, with his poorly titled Committee to Re Elect the President, CREEP. Talk about a wasted vote, first guy I punch the ballot for ends up resigning…

Having said that, honestly the only times I voted for a President with a clear conscience, without doubts (or clothespins) were the two ballots I cast for Mr. Reagan. (For you wise-guys, it was 2 separate elections; I wasn’t in Chicago at the time!) At the very least, those were the two elections where I had neither doubts before nor regrets afterwards.

For me, primary time always sucks. We’re often confronted with a range of choices that require research, questioning and discussion. Even then, none of us is able to exert any real control over the final outcome, the candidate who will win top spot on the ballot next November. Just one vote in the primary, sadly often too late to really matter in the final outcome.

The beauty of our system is that once each of us decides, we’re free to push as hard, and in as many ways and directions, for our choice, so long as we stay inside of the ever-changing legal requirements. Constrained a bit we are, unlike the Enemy© whose names I needn’t mention.

Remembering back once again, I’m pretty sure that every four, and certainly every eight years I’m advised that this election is unlike any other, that the very fate of the Republic hangs on who wins the Presidency. I have to say that after a while, it begins to sound like so much hoo-ha. To paraphrase the uber-genius Ezra Klein, our Country’s kind of old, been around for like 100 years or something. It challenges credulity to think we approach the precipice of existence every 4 or 8 years and have dodged the bullet for as long as we have.

Change doesn’t happen overnight; Dear Leader’s administration was years, even decades, in the making. Our chore is to keep finding and electing, as best we can, constitutional conservatives to public office. I happen to agree with ColdWarrior that the way to DO something useful is to get inside the Republican Party and be who we are. Things will get fixed over time, too many of us are wide awake once again. Oh yes, and let’s lay off this ‘my dead cat can beat Obama’ nonsense; confidence is one thing; overweening overconfidence will be the ruin of us all! Cheers!

A good reminder, mriggio. Thanks. (Lady P – Ed)

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  1. You have the tone and tenor of a wise person comfortable in the knowledge that-compared to real life stuff-this is all just smoke and mirrors, and that (so long as we are vigilant) there’s just too darned many of us out here to let anything get any worse than 4 or 8 years of really painful.

    Nice job mriggio…

  2. I kind of always had a jaded approach to the end of the world rhetoric. I was stunned and disappointed when Clinton was elected but didn’t think it meant the end of the republic.

    Today, I feel a little different. And it isn’t actually Obama’s fault.

    The folks who elected him, yes.

    The folks on our side who think some tax cuts and a little bit of deregulation will make everything ok, yes.

    There is a rot in America, and while the stench rises up from DC, the problem is in Iowa where a “conservative” farmer threatened to vote against Perry over his corn subsidy. It’s in CA where gov moonbeam signed legislation banning tanning for children and gave the same kids the right to treat STDs without a parents knowledge. Its in Orlando and Paducah and Danbury and Phoenix.
    Everybody has a hand out for a handout or are demanding full acceptance of their destitute moralities.
    I am not saying there aren’t a great many who recognize the problem. There are many who do. We are outnumbered.
    On one side half the country gets a check, on the other side we have the Buffets and the Gates and the Waltons and the Immelts happy to be to be taxed and regulated, secure in the knowledge the regulations will strangle competition and guarantee greater profits and lower taxes for themselves.

    And here we are; the minority stuck in the shrinking middle. Even among ourselves unable to agree on an even general approach or solution.

    Romney, Perry or Cain? Somebody else? Government will continue to grow until it does collapse under it own weight and it will be us in the middle crushed by leviathan as it falls.

    I know this sounds pessimistic, I am this morning. At least short term. Long term I know we win.

    • Government will continue to grow until it does collapse under it own weight and it will be us in the middle crushed by leviathan as it falls.

      I don’t believe we’ll be crushed. The government is a house of cards. We might get sliced up a bit, though. Cards can be pretty sharp, after all, if they hit you just right.

      It will be up to us to put it back together, but I hope we use something stronger than cards next time around; something strong enough to withstand the excesses of marxism.

      • Death by a thousand paper cuts. 🙂

        The United States represents something truly unique in the history of the world.

        The people on the other hand do not. Patriots there have always been. Sorry losers looking for a handout and willing to sell every valuable thing for a free lunch have always existed.

        Esau sold his most valuable thing for pottage. This is not new.

        There will be those who pick up and rebuild. That is also demonstrated by history.

        Question is how many generations will it take? The US is unique in world history and I suspect that while the causes are not unique, the collapse will be as unique as her place history.

        • I’m usually a sunny optimist. But I hate that one TV commercial with the Chinese professor lecturing an auditorium of Chinese college students; you know the one, it ends with them all laughing and the words ‘and now they work for us’.

          If an actual collapse occurs, it may not be as lengthy as the Dark Ages, but I’m afraid my grandchildren’s grandchildren will not live to see the like of our Founding Fathers.

    • I feel a lot different this time.

      And this is so true:

      >>On one side half the country gets a check, on the other side we have the Buffets and the Gates and the Waltons and the Immelts happy to be to be taxed and regulated, secure in the knowledge the regulations will strangle competition and guarantee greater profits and lower taxes for themselves.<< How sad for the American dream.

  1. You have the tone and tenor of a wise person comfortable in the knowledge that-compared to real life stuff-this is all just smoke and mirrors, and that (so long as we are vigilant) there’s just too darned many of us out here to let anything get any worse than 4 or 8 years of really painful.

    Nice job mriggio…

  2. I kind of always had a jaded approach to the end of the world rhetoric. I was stunned and disappointed when Clinton was elected but didn’t think it meant the end of the republic.

    Today, I feel a little different. And it isn’t actually Obama’s fault.

    The folks who elected him, yes.

    The folks on our side who think some tax cuts and a little bit of deregulation will make everything ok, yes.

    There is a rot in America, and while the stench rises up from DC, the problem is in Iowa where a “conservative” farmer threatened to vote against Perry over his corn subsidy. It’s in CA where gov moonbeam signed legislation banning tanning for children and gave the same kids the right to treat STDs without a parents knowledge. Its in Orlando and Paducah and Danbury and Phoenix.
    Everybody has a hand out for a handout or are demanding full acceptance of their destitute moralities.
    I am not saying there aren’t a great many who recognize the problem. There are many who do. We are outnumbered.
    On one side half the country gets a check, on the other side we have the Buffets and the Gates and the Waltons and the Immelts happy to be to be taxed and regulated, secure in the knowledge the regulations will strangle competition and guarantee greater profits and lower taxes for themselves.

    And here we are; the minority stuck in the shrinking middle. Even among ourselves unable to agree on an even general approach or solution.

    Romney, Perry or Cain? Somebody else? Government will continue to grow until it does collapse under it own weight and it will be us in the middle crushed by leviathan as it falls.

    I know this sounds pessimistic, I am this morning. At least short term. Long term I know we win.

    • Government will continue to grow until it does collapse under it own weight and it will be us in the middle crushed by leviathan as it falls.

      I don’t believe we’ll be crushed. The government is a house of cards. We might get sliced up a bit, though. Cards can be pretty sharp, after all, if they hit you just right.

      It will be up to us to put it back together, but I hope we use something stronger than cards next time around; something strong enough to withstand the excesses of marxism.

      • Death by a thousand paper cuts. 🙂

        The United States represents something truly unique in the history of the world.

        The people on the other hand do not. Patriots there have always been. Sorry losers looking for a handout and willing to sell every valuable thing for a free lunch have always existed.

        Esau sold his most valuable thing for pottage. This is not new.

        There will be those who pick up and rebuild. That is also demonstrated by history.

        Question is how many generations will it take? The US is unique in world history and I suspect that while the causes are not unique, the collapse will be as unique as her place history.

        • I’m usually a sunny optimist. But I hate that one TV commercial with the Chinese professor lecturing an auditorium of Chinese college students; you know the one, it ends with them all laughing and the words ‘and now they work for us’.

          If an actual collapse occurs, it may not be as lengthy as the Dark Ages, but I’m afraid my grandchildren’s grandchildren will not live to see the like of our Founding Fathers.

    • I feel a lot different this time.

      And this is so true:

      >>On one side half the country gets a check, on the other side we have the Buffets and the Gates and the Waltons and the Immelts happy to be to be taxed and regulated, secure in the knowledge the regulations will strangle competition and guarantee greater profits and lower taxes for themselves.<< How sad for the American dream.

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