The Three Ps of Politics are the Driving Force for Most Voting

Whether you know it or not we are driven to vote for a particular candidate by party, person or policy.  In an ideal world most of us would vote based on the policies of on an individual and how we believe it helps society as a whole.

As you know, we live in anything but the ideal world.

Studies show that most people vote the person.  You like the person and project him or her to be the buddy sitting next to you on the bar stool, coffee shop or tailgate.  The psychology of fandom is simply projecting ideal traits on the person we idolize.

A good portion of us vote in our own self-interests. That could encompass the person or policy depending on self-interests that particular election cycle.  That’s why most young people vote for Democrats.  They want a free education, free food, free money, free anything.  And that’s why most people older than 30 vote Republican because they realize there is no such thing as free anything when you are paying taxes.

There are zealots who will always vote the party line regardless of what sordid facts exist about the party’s standard bearer.  How else can you explain feminists cheering for Hillary Clinton, Michelle Obama, and Maxine Waters while ignoring Nikki Haley, Sarah Sanders Huckabee, and Sarah Palin.  This explains why people can vote for President Trump, President Obama, and President Nixon, while ignoring solid human beings like Ben Carson, and…and…well, no other good human being in politics comes to mind right now but you get my point.

The mid-terms elections are tomorrow and we know a few things.  Both parties care nothing about us or the country.  They only care about getting our votes.  Looking at the landscape, most of the people in congress, the senate, and the white house are horrid human beings.  In fact, it’s a stretch to refer to them as human beings.

So that leaves policy.  If you are a typical American you do not read the policy papers most candidates author.  You don’t research the incumbents’ voting records. And you probably do not completely understand the issues. After all, how exciting can researching NAFTA be?  We take shortcuts.  If our present life is better today than it was with the previous administration than we presume the policies are working and vice versa.  That’s not necessarily a scientific way of doing it but what the heck.

President Trump was and is not my candidate or preferred choice to be president.  But when you strip away the personality and look at the record, the truth is he has been quite successful.  His policies have led to the lowest unemployment numbers ever for Hispanic and black Americans, and one of the lowest numbers for women.

During his time in office, the economy is booming with the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growing above a three percent rate. The unemployment rate is near a 50-year low and the stock market has jumped 27 percent.

With that report card, it’s safe to say his policies are working.  If you like constitutional justices than you are happy with his choices for federal justices and supreme court justices.  If you favor legal immigration than you are a fan of his position on illegal immigration.

I prefer a government that enables progress but stays out of the way of people. I want a government that drives innovation, not regulation.  And finally, I want a government that fosters self-reliance, not dependence.

Can any government achieve that?  No. So I simply vote for the person I think has the best policy regardless of the party.

I came across a terrific and comprehensive guide to Election Night 2018 written by Josh Kutner, a sophomore at George Washington University.  It is a must read for anyone interested in politics but not able to keep up with so many races.  Kutner does a fantastic job of breaking down the races.

 

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It’s Only Words but Words Are Weapons

The void between common sense and abject agenda-driven politics is deafening.  The mid-term election is next week so you know we are in for last minute surprises and irrational blame.  The rhetoric will reach a fever pitch. A lot of my friends and family get tired of hearing me say “Words mean things.”

I say it in jest but nowadays I’m beginning to wonder if the politicians and media have lost sight of the magnitude of the word.  The media has attacked, belittled, and defamed President Trump from the moment he came down the escalator at Trump Towers in New York City to announce is presidential candidacy.  Likewise, President Trump has attacked, belittled, and defamed the media since that day.

The media claims the president does not act presidential and President Trump counters with the media is not fair.  Anyone who has read a paper, blog or watched a news program knows the media has an insatiable lust to destroy this president and he is not covered fairly.  And, whatever your definition of presidential is, chances are President Trump does not fulfill it and never will.

They each blame the other for starting the fight but the truth is they are both responsible.  I’m sure this will not surprise you but neither party will ever accept responsibility for their part in this fiasco.

I am not a fan of either one.  I wrote for newspapers for more than a decade and know firsthand the majority of the media has an institutional bias against any thought that is not Liberal.  It’s obvious the media will do whatever it takes to punish this president for giving it a taste of its own medicine.  And, likewise, the president will go to any extreme to return the favor.

This is like watching a championship game between two teams you despise.  Regardless of who wins you are simultaneously happy and miserable.

When the liberal nut job James Hodgkinson decided to make target practice out of a Republican baseball practice in 2017, not a single member of the media blamed Bernie Sanders.  Hodgkinson was a Sanders supporter and even worked on Sanders presidential campaign.

The coverage of the incident was sparse despite the attack nearly killed House Majority Whip Steve Scalise and wounded several others.  In the old days when news media was more concerned about the story instead of the agenda, an assassination attempt was typically considered news.

When Senator Maxine Waters encourages Democrats to be violent towards the Republicans you heard crickets from the media.  When former Attorney General Eric Holder advocates physical violence towards Republicans we do not get soapbox diatribes from the media.

Senator Corey Booker, Senator Chuck Schumer, and Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi have all condoned violence towards Republicans yet we hear nothing about the vitriol rhetoric in Washington, DC from the talking heads. However, when conservative nut job Cesar Sayoc sends non-explosive pipes to several Democrats and the media is automatically blaming President Trump for inciting hatred.

On the flip side, President Trump screams the media is fake even when the media asks legitimate questions. Asking about President Trump’s tax returns is fair game during a campaign. Members of the public need to know where their public officials make money.  Asking him if it is uncomfortable supporting a man accused of molesting a woman when he, himself, faced the same accusation is also fair.  Another a fair question is asking if his rhetoric may prompt some nut job to lose touch with reality and act.

Where I draw the line is after you ask and he responds move on.  The media doesn’t.  It goes out of its way to badger and unfairly accused President Trump of things out of his control. Likewise, it is fair for Americans to ask the media if it thinks biased coverage can lead to frustration and drive some people to act.

In my championship game example, even though you despise both teams there is one team that you dislike a little more.  For me it’s the media because of its arrogance in believing it is untouchable and entitled to be believed.

Did I just describe President Trump? See the quandary. Is there any wonder why the country is evenly divided about him?

The truth is they are both to blame for starting and continuing the stupidity.  And do you know why?  Because words mean things.

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Perhaps we should start giving participation trophies to the losing candidates in elections.

I find doing what is “good for the American people” is directly related to a politician not getting his or her way.

It seems most politicians divine what is best for the American voter when trying to push a narrative that is oddly related to a failed endeavor they desperately want to reverse.  In 2016, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnel refused to have a hearing for President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland.  He said it was not fair to the American people’ to have a hearing in the final year of a lame duck president’s term.

The Democrats screamed bloody murder saying it was not fair to the American people not to have a hearing.  Of course, Democrats conveniently forgot to mention they did the exact same thing in President George H. Bush’s final year in his first term in 1992.  Then Senator Joe Biden, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, was the leading proponent of the edict.

The difference being it was in President Bush’s first term as compared to President Obama’s second term.  Recently, Senator McConnel said he would not favor such a position in the 2020 election year if that is the end of President Trump’s second term.  Interesting how the goal posts move for the party in power.

The 1992 decision drove the 2016 action.  And the Republicans preventing Garland’s hearing is the main reason the Democrats turned a hearing into a character assassination tragedy play. Was any of this good for the American people?  I think the whole mess could have been avoided if the politicians followed the rule of law and not the rule of party.

But the Democrats are continuing to hold their breath and take their ball home.  Many are promising impeachment hearings for Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh if they return to power in Congress.  Gee, another two years of committee hearings on nonsensical issues.  Can’t wait for that.

Washington Post columnist EJ Dionne is advocating Democrats to stack the Supreme Court with Liberals if the Democrats take the House.  FDR tried that but was shot down in a rare fit of sanity by the Senate.  Dionne contends the current majority of the Supreme Court is there through illegitimate means because President Trump did not win the popular vote and is therefore an illegitimate president.

By his (il)logic, that means Supreme Court Justices Neil Gorsuch and Kavanagh are unlawfully seated.  Apparently, he is not a fan of the Electoral College.  Someone needs to tell him that it doesn’t matter if the losing team in Baseball outhits the winning team.  The runs scored is what matters and what determines the winner.

Democrats still cannot get over the election results and, much like 2002, are trying to overturn the decision of American voters.  Republicans are no better as they mercilessly went after President Bill Clinton and many said “He’s not my president.” That refrain was echoed by Democrats against President George W. Bush, and then by Republicans against President Obama and now by Democrats against President Trump.  I see a trend.

I have an idea.  How about politicians accept election results and spend their time out of power thinking of ways to make the country better so they can get back into power. Actually, I much rather prefer politicians forget about getting into or falling out of power and just focus on doing what is right for the American people.

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A new Supreme Court Justice; reputations destroyed; societal damage in gender relations; just another day for our politicians.  Time to remove them from office

The circus surrounding the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation hearings is as complex and simple as peeling an onion.  There are many different layers to this fiasco but a lot of things are lost along the way.

This tragic drama had character assassination on two fronts.  The most obvious is to Kavanaugh.  To some he was wrongly accused and found guilty by the media, Democrats, lawyers seeking the limelight and those paid by George Soros.  But what about Dr. Christine Blasey Ford?  If you believe that Kavanaugh is wrongly accused than you believe Dr. Ford is lying.  If she is not lying her character has been forever impugned.

The Republicans and Democrats do not care about either person.  They were simply a means to an end – a casualty of ideology.

I doubt they even care or comprehend the damage they created downstream.  I have two sons.  I need to make sure they understand the dangers to their reputation if they find themselves in any situation where any woman can claim they did something.  I have a daughter.  How do I make sure she stands up for herself if some pig of a man tries to take advantage of her?  How can I assure her she will be believed?

My pat answer is make sure you have corroboration.  Of course, that’s all fine and good until I’m faced with a situation where it’s her word against his word.  Guess who I’ll believe?

The incredible societal damage the politicians created with this episode is undeterminable.  Is getting your choice –for either party – worth the damage?

There are some who will say the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few. I agree with that sentiment when it comes to managing a nation – I just prefer to do it without destroying people’s lives.

Another big shame of this episode is the damage created to the #MeToo movement.  The tragic irony is women perpetrated most of the damage.  Women who claim a woman must be believed regardless of evidence do a complete disservice to women.  It tells anyone with logic there may be an agenda behind the movement.  However fair or unfair that last statement is now a reality in some circles.

The bottom line is Dr. Ford believes she was assaulted by now Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.  She felt compelled to share her misgivings with her Senatorial representative who promptly betrayed to drive an agenda.  That started this whole thing in motion.  Senator Diane Feinstein created this mess by not doing the proper thing and validating the claim.

She did not do that.  Instead she used the information as a battering ram in hopes of derailing Kavanaugh’s confirmation.  In the process she ruined the reputations of two people, created countless heartache for people, and showed the world politicians are as evil and terrible as the stereotypes portray.

This episode also has energized both bases to get out and vote.  My hope is it energized a third base.  A base of people who are tired of politicians and will show up and vote them out.  Let’s replace them with real people with real emotion who are interested in managing the nation and not their agendas.

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Mounting focus on drama versus work of the nation begs for a convention of states to create term limits

The interesting thing about the fiasco involving Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is I think it’s a set up to trap President Donald Trump.  I have no proof but in today’s new world of no evidence assertions being acceptable I may have a legitimate case.

The New York Times published what many are hyping as a bombshell story purporting that Rosenstein wanted to secretly record the president in hopes of proving he is unfit for office and invoking the 25th amendment.  In short, the 25th Amendment deals with ways to remove a president if he is deemed “unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office…”

Knowing President Trump’s volatile nature when others question his ability, my theory is this was a ploy by those in Washington, DC who will stop at nothing to oust President Trump.  I think they are trying to goad him into firing Rosenstein so they can then mount an obstruction case.

Remember, Rosenstein appointed Robert Mueller as special counsel to investigate President Trump for collusion with the Russians to steal the 2016 election. After 16 months on the job Mueller has not found a shred of evidence to prove such a thing but has indicted two fringe players on the Trump campaign team for crimes committed 10 years ago not associated with the campaign or Russians.  With results like this perhaps Mueller should consider another line of work.

It seems the anti-Trump politician prefers to do their dirty work through accusations without evidence from decades past.

The fact this story came to life right after Paul Manafort, President Trump’s former campaign manager, cut a deal with Mueller seems curious.  Equally intriguing is the story came on the heels of the New York Times guest editorial from an anonymous person in President Trump’s white house claiming his administration is trying to stop President Trump.

If President Trump fires Rosenstein, I am wiling to bet the Democrats will claim the firing is to stop the Mueller investigation because the next Deputy Attorney General can shut down the probe.  They will claim it’s obstruction of justice right before the mid-term elections.  How convenient.

Those Republicans who hate President Trump more than the Democrats will gladly join the fracas – especially if they lose seats in Congress and the Senate.  That means another year to two years of special investigations, uncorroborated accusations, and an incredible amount of wasted time.

That also means less attention to the economy, the wall, immigration reform, trade, and defense.  You know, the things we supposedly elect our politicians to focus on versus destroying each other.

Rosenstein has denied the story and says it’s inaccurate. I wonder if he now believes in Fake News?

The irony is rich.  The drama is over-hyped.  The distraction is just another episode of “As the White House Turns.” But the reality is our political leaders are not doing the work of the nation.  They all need to be replaced.

I was never in favor of term limits for Congressmen and Senators but my view as changed after watching the slop we call political leaders in Washington DC.  I agree we need a Convention of States as outlined in Article V of the U. S. Constitution.

Article V gives states the power to call a Convention of States to propose amendments. It takes 34 states to call the convention and 38 to ratify any amendments that are proposed.  I seldom, if ever, propose signing petitions but I’m so disgusted with these politicians that I suggest we all support a Convention of States.

In reality, whomever occupies the White House for eight years cannot create nearly as much havoc as a politician in his or her seat for 30 to 40 years.  It’s time they all go home.

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Convenient memories should not be allowed without corroboration 

If the standard to determine guilt relies on a person’s convenient memory then what is to stop a similar fuzzy memory from exonerating a person?

First, Dr, Christine Blasey Ford came out of the woodwork to claim Supreme Court Nominee Judge Kavanaugh attempted to rape her 35 years ago in high school.  She remembers who and what but where and when are not completely in her memory banks.

Of course, it just so happens that the where and when can be corroborated with actual proof while the who and what are simply one person’s story.  But, why quibble?

Now we have another woman stepping out of the shadows who claims Judge Kavanaugh exposed himself to her in college.  Deborah Ramirez, says she explicitly remembers it was Kavanaugh but admits she does not fully remember the alleged incident because she was intoxicated at that time.

So, she remembers who and what but, again, all other details are a bit fuzzy.  People need to stop drinking at high school and college parties so they can preserve these memories.  The Democrats, media, and anyone who is against Judge Kavanaugh’s appointment believe these women.

They do not believe the 65 women who signed a letter defending Judge Kavanaugh.  They do not believe the woman who contradicts Ramirez’s account of the alleged incident.  They do not believe Judge Kavanaugh.

Likewise, Republicans, Conservatives not named Flake, and anyone who is in favor of Judge Kavanaugh being appointed to the Supreme Court believe Judge Kavanaugh and those defending him and not the two women who lack evidence.

What if the women with no evidence are telling the truth?  How often have we’ve seen innocent people destroyed because no one believed them?  Lyricist Kerry Livgren sums it up best “The years will steal away our youth; a lie can change but not the truth.”

There is no way anyone can determine with any certainty who is telling the truth.  The truth will not change but the truth as defined by politicians in this case depends on what side of the aisle you are on.

I do not believe the two women or Judge Kavanaugh will have a fair trial.  They’ll make their respective cases but everyone already has made up their minds and we are simply waiting for the circus to begin.

The track record for women who come forward with hopes of toppling powerful men is not good.  Just ask Juanita Broderick, Kathleen Willey, Gennifer Flowers, Paula Jones, and Bobbie Williams.  Ask Anita Hill.

They had their day in court…..but at what cost?

Interestingly, the women who had the most evidence against their assaulter –former President Bill Clinton – had their lives destroyed far more than the one with no evidence against Justice Clarence Thomas.  Anita Hill had her memories.

Justice Thomas likened his day in court to a “high tech lynching.”  The Democrats are getting the noose ready for Judge Kavanaugh.

Judge Thomas is a Supreme Court justice and Judge Kavanaugh hopes to join him.  But at what cost?

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The agenda driven media and politicians do not care about collateral damage

The closest Spartacus ever came to having a Cory Booker moment came in 73 BC when he was caught cheating on a test in Gladiator school. His friend Oenomaus called him out for cheating but Spartacus quoted Jesus saying “He who has not sinned can cast the first stone.”

Of course, he was quoting Jesus 73 years before His birth but it’s that type of Vulcan Mind Meld trickery that apparently passed down to Senator Booker.  In an article the grandstanding senator wrote in 1992, he referenced an epiphany moment in 1984 when he was rebuffed trying to get to second base with a female friend.  In it he references a quote from the movie Top Gun.  The only problem is Top Gun was released in 1986 – two years after his moment.

It seems Senator Booker’s habitual lying was prevalent even back in college or it could be he was trying to connect the dots with the benefit of hindsight.  He was writing the piece in 1992 and harkening back to his other moment not associated with Spartacus. Through the prism of time it is easy to associate lessons learned in one year with an event from another year.  It’s also a good writing device.

My guess is somewhere in the next week either Dr. Christine Blasey Ford or Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh will suffer a similar instance.  When you try to remember something from 30 years ago, chances are you are going to include things learned, felt, or believed throughout the 30 years and not necessarily at that specific point in time.

If Dr. Ford does it the media will be understanding, forgiving, and even serve as apologist.  If Judge Kavanaugh does it the media will circle like sharks around blood.

Regardless of what is said or any surprise “proof” I’m sure Dr. Ford’s lawyers will suddenly find and not share with anyone until the hearing, this stall tactic will only be a he said/she said.  The Democrats want to smear Judge Kavanaugh and are already talking possible impeachment if he gets confirmed.  The Republicans want nothing more than to smear Dr. Ford but are hamstrung because they do not want to appear to be against the #Metoo movement.

It should be good theater but at the expense of the reputations of two individuals.  Dr. Ford will forever have a legacy akin to Anita Hill.  If she created her own mess than she cannot complain about her perception in history.  If she is being used as a pawn than the ones making the moves deserve a special place in Hell.   Personally, I do not think George Soros’ money is worth eternal damnation but that’s just me.

Unfortunately, for Dr. Ford there is no time, place, or witnesses to her story.  That will not stop the Democrats from acting like each word she speaks is a smoking gun.

I am curious though. If the standard for the Democrats to destroy another human being’s life is a person’s word, then is having actual proof grounds for dismissal from the Congress?  I ask because the woman who accused U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., of domestic abuse released a medical document from 2017 detailing how the congressman abused her.  The Democrats, apparently unfamiliar with what proof looks like, yawned and ignored it.

Congressman Ellison is still in Congress able to abuse how many other women he pleases because it seems #Metoo only applies if the perpetrator is not a Democrat.  The woman, Karen Monahan, claims the Democratic Party “smeared” her and threatened to isolate her over her allegations against the Ellison, who, by the way, happens to be the deputy of the Democratic National Committee (DNC).

I’d decry the hypocrisy of politicians but we already know that a prerequisite to be a politician are lying, cheating, hypocrisy and arrogance.  The only problem is this week they are destroying the lives of two Americans but the agenda driven media and politicians do not care about collateral damage.

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