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After the bar brawls are over…

Good morning, Netizens…


There are several key phrases that have bothered me since this election campaign began. I should state at the outset that this election has more similarities to an old-fashioned Stevens County bar brawl than any public process I have ever seen. At least with a bar brawl, you are almost certain that, before long, the Sheriff’s Department will arrive and put some of the combatants into jail before the night is done, but in this election, some of those involved in throwing the worst punches will end up serving terms in government offices with paid health care, perks that you nor I can ever hope to enjoy and worst of all, they are ostensibly serving you and I, the tax-paying voters.


Core values is a catch-all phrase that has captured as many candidates as there are that are speaking. Whose core values are we speaking of? Who says you or I share whatever this phrase means to our elected officials? Core values sounds to me like someone saying, “Here I am, and you know how I stand, so elect me.” On that basis I don’t trust hardly any of the candidates.


That is because, based on previous experiences, once you put someone into public office, they simply cease to represent our core values, but rather represent the core values of government. Either that or they are hopelessly naive. Does this imply that I think the Tea Party candidates fortunate enough to have won hotly-contested offices are going to forgo their lofty-sounding campaign slogans in favor of more of the same discordant crap we have come to accept as government-in-action? I think the Tea Party candidates newly-elected into office are in for a real shock, once they realize the harsh realities of public office.


On the more positive side, at least as of this morning, the local TV stations are once again restricted to serving up the usual ghastly advertising, rather than the absolutely unspeakable political advertisements slamming, if not slandering other political candidates for public office. Even better than that, it is Wednesday, Hump Day, and it might be weeks before we learn whether Patty or Dino are going to be elected to the Senate, longer if you allow for the inevitable lawyers who will sue for various recounts of the ballots.


You get what you voted for. Maybe not.


Dave



Happy Halloween?

Good morning, Netizens…


Egods! Cartoonist David Horsey has struck paydirt on the theme of Halloween. Could it be possible that Dino Rossi is the opponent or, by comparison, could that be Pork Barrel Patty? It’s hard to tell this Halloween. They each are taking their shots at one another, so much so that it is difficult to tell one side from the other.


This cartoon does remind me of the George Bush versus Al Gore Presidential election.


What is missing here are the Tea Party members, clanging their gongs and bellowing their imprecations about the Democrats.


I can hardly wait until the election is over.


Dave

When it will end…

Good morning, Netizens…


The people grinders are hot after it in this pre-election campaign, and I, for one, have found myself growing increasingly grumpy with each robotic phone call. Regardless of the time of day or night, each time my phone (or even my cell phone) jingles, I immediately cringe at the forethought it might be one of these anonymous polling companies wanting to know my opinion. Lord were it that simple! They want to know my opinion, but attempt to make certain I am aware of their particular point of view.


Since in a previous life I learned quite a bit about telephone solicitation, I have accustomed to the fact that no matter what I do, those polling companies that use an automated dialing system, which dials phone numbers at random, rather than from existing client information, will eventually connect with one of my phone numbers, and there is very little I can do about it. In some states this type of telemarketing is illegal. Still, during elections, people unscrupulously use it. Having an unlisted phone number, even putting your phone number on the questionable National Do-Not-Call list, are no protection against these people grinders from reaching your home. Eventually they will find you.


The phone calls aside, you would have to be deaf and blind to have missed the ever-present venomous television advertising extolling the virtues (or lack thereof) of each politician or referendum present on this year’s ballot. Now that we are entering the last few days before the ballots are counted, the particular vitriol of these ads are getting truly vile and in some cases, misleading. It is almost as if the candidates are tossing all decency to the winds, ever in the hope of being elected or re-elected.


I find the current race between Patty Murray and Dino Rossi to be particularly worthless, as some of the advertisements no more resemble reality than an Orson Welles radio show about the arrival of aliens that drove an entire generation into panic. Based upon their advertisements, I still believe the most popular candidates in this year’s election would be a theoretical candidate titled, “None of the Above”.


Of course given the $100 billion dollar advertising budgets, the only parties that will profit from all this are the television stations, the radio broadcasters and other news media members, and there is no end in sight. The only parties that seem to be truly interested in campaign funding reform are the citizens; everyone else talks a good line, but the laws have never been changed.


Thank God we only have a few more days before this, too, will all pass away.


Dave

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