Are You Smarter Than Your Senators

When I was younger, and quite comfortable in my complacency, I had this utterly absurd notion that our government consisted of an august body of intellects and sages that worked diligently at the task of making our country work for the betterment of all.

How completely and utterly ignorant I was. Completely ignorant. Ignorant (and trusting) to the point of stupidity. Whew !

I realize now that my image of Washington could not have been further from that fantasy than it was possible to have been.

Our government, I now see with clarity, consists of a group of racist, bumbling, buffoons, who’s number one goal is to pander to those that hold the purse strings, and “The People” be damned. Especially the little people.

It’s astonishing that given a choice, there are people, and not just politicians, that would choose ignorance over enlightenment. And not just choose ignorance, but to be proud of the fact that they’re ignorant.

I mean ignorance is simply the lack of knowledge, and I can forgive a person for that, but to be willfully ignorant enters another realm altogether, and I call that stupidity. And I do not have a tolerance for stupidity.

Written by “Some Dude in AK”.

As I was searching through my blog notes file, I found this short article above that I had saved. I don’t know when it was actually written but I saved it back in 2011. As I read it again I just had to laugh. This “Some Dude in AK” said it perfectly. I believe a majority of the American people are like this guy was initially in his thoughts about our government, before he had his epiphany.

Do You Really Understand Why Politicians are Politicians?

Have you ever heard anyone say anything positive about a politician? So, why would someone go into huge personal debt to finance an election campaign that would ultimately win them a job that pays $175K per year maximum (Congressman)?

POWER.

POWER begets CONNECTIONS.

CONNECTIONS beget BACKERS.

BACKERS beget MONEY.

Congressman CaricatureEven those politicians that have good intentions when they are elected by the people to go represent them in government, get caught up in the game of politics. Once there, it is not about doing the right things and/or doing what’s in the best interest of the people that elected them. It’s about what their political party wants – and tells them to do. And if they behave, they too will become perennial politicians and reap the rewards (power, money, life-time benefits and perks, high-paying jobs after leaving office) unduly bestowed upon them by rich backers, corporations, lobbyists, etc., etc. If they don’t behave, these same folks will make sure they don’t get re-elected. They have to play the game…

Once they start playing, they are as one. They no longer do the bidding of the people that elected them, but what their political party wants –right, wrong, or indifferent. They now have power, money and deep-pocketed supporters, and they want to keep them.

Unfortunately, these rich backers, corporations, lobbyists, etc., are now telling both political parties what they want and what is in their best interests. And what is it they want… more POWER, more MONEY. Forget the people’s needs; forget the nation’s problems; forget the World’s problems.  Absolute GREED!

Yes, members of both parties do it. However, the Democrats are fighting for the rights of common people, while the Republicans are fighting for the rights of the rich, corporations, and lobbyists.

Rick Perry - smallLet me give you a prime example of of how I see politicians.

Texas Governor, Rick “Slick” Perry.

He was elected to the Texas House of Representatives in 1984. At that time his annual household income was $45,000. Since then, he has been a government worker on the payroll of the State of Texas for 30 years. He is now a multimillionaire with a net worth over $3M. His salary as the Governor of Texas is approximately $150K. Hmmmmm. I don’t think people get rich just being a government employee for their entire career. Just sayin…He has been Governor of Texas since 2000, assuming the position when George Bush stepped down to become President.  He has since been elected to three terms as Governor. But he’s not done. He wants more POWER. He wants to be President of the United States. Fortunately, his dim-wittedness was on display nationally and his own party did not pick him as a candidate during the last election.

Politicians and the game of politics is a broad topic with many sub-topics. So, I will stop  at this point and leave the sub-topics for future blogs.

Samuel Clemens

“It could probably be shown by facts and figures that there is no distinctly native criminal class except Congress.”  

– Mark Twain

DNC Wants To Help You Talk With ‘Your Republican Uncle’ On Thanksgiving

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You gotta love this idea from Democrats.  Just in time for the holidays at that…

TPM LiveWire

The Democratic National Committee is launched a Thanksgiving-themed website Wednesday called YourRepublicanUncle.com that purports to help people deal with “lively discussions with Republican relatives about politics” that occur during the holiday season.

YourRepublicanUncle.com features talking points Democrats can use during hypothetical political conversations with their family members.

“This time of year, the only thing more annoying than holiday traffic is an awkward conversation with family about politics,” DNC Digital Director Matt Compton wrote in an email announcing the site. “We designed YourRepublicanUncle.com so that it look greats and loads quickly on your phone — no getting ambushed when you go back for seconds on stuffing.”

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