Our Nation is a democracy, which is a representative form of government. Acknowledging that there are differences in belief systems from region to region, we have divided our States and Counties up into districts to try and help elect a representative, who bests represents the needs and desires of that area. Although flawed in some respects, that is the general idea.
So, one would think that a candidate running for election in a selected district would try to best show himself a good representation of that district. Not so, for one career politician, who is running in the Republican primary for U.S. Congressional District Two. This man seems to be confusing who is representing whom?
Kevin Raye recently announced his candidacy, again, for Congress in CD 2. This will be his third attempt. In the last Republican primary for CD 2, Raye was only able to muster 51% of the vote against a no-name first time candidate. Moreover, 13% decided neither candidate was worth voting for, stayed home and didn’t vote. In only three counties, other than his own, was the former Senator able to garner more than 50% of the primary vote. Not a good omen for a candidate who claimed he could win the general election.
In the general election, Raye fared worse in his second attempt than he did in his first, losing by a larger margin. It seems name recognition did not work to the benefit of the State Senator from Washington County the second time around. The more they saw of him, the less they liked him. Kevin Raye lost every single county other than his own in the general election. Yes, even the historical Republican bastion of Piscataquis County chose perennial wallflower Mike Michaud as a stronger candidate over Kevin Raye. Many officials refused to carry Raye’s signs in parades fearing the backlash they would receive from the decidedly conservative crowds in the Second Congressional District.
Which brings up another interesting point. The Rayes have been very public about their support and promotion of abortion. They support Emily’s List and The Wish List; two organizations that zealously promote abortion and candidates that follow this mantra. Yet, Kevin Raye feels that somehow an overwhelmingly Pro-Life 2nd District should set aside their belief system and allow him to represent them. Who is representing whom? And this represents the 2nd District in what way? These are just few reasons why there is such tough sledding for Raye outside of Washington County.
Kevin Raye has done everything he can do to disenfranchise the voters of the CD 2. His one major political accomplishment outside of his county is to be the first Republican to lose an election in Piscataquis County, the Red County, in a very long time. It is easy to see, after a look at all the facts, that there is not a Raye of hope that this candidate represents the interests of our district.
The tales of irony that have proceeded out of the not-so-hallowed halls of the Augusta legislature are enough to bring even the most stalwart of Mainers to tears. The only semblance of bi-partisan agreement in Augusta is that Justin Alfond will go down in the annals of Maine history as the most inept and incompetent Senate President that has ever tripped through the corridors of the Maine State legislative chambers. The complete and unabashed abdication of common sense by the Alfond Democrats is shocking even for the subterranean standards normally accommodated by the liberal left.
The Republican Party brought forward a bill, which would have required minors to inform their parents if they intend to get an abortion. Democrats killed the bill, contending that a minor is capable of making such decisions in life on their own without parental input. In the very same legislative day, the Democrats passed a bill that will require minors to have parental consent before purchasing an energy drink… Did I mention irony, sad irony? But this shows the perception and value that those in Augusta place on life. Yes, to our legislators, a beverage product has more value than the question of life.
The Curve of Knowledge has three layers for the purpose of this article. There is the top layer of fact and proven science. The next layer is public perception, which is effected to varying degrees by the first. The final layer is the Puppets of Perception: politicians who are completely governed by perception.
The science on the abortion issue, day by day, is steadily and continually proving that life begins at conception. Slowly, public perception is turning to align itself with proven science. Many of the public polls are beginning to prove that out, even as polls are usually slow to pick up the change in public feeling.
Politicians will always stay behind the Curve of Knowledge because they base their decisions on public perception rather than fact and proven science. Therefore it is easy to see why these puppets can still remain in the dark ages of the 60’s and 70’s, believing nothing is sacred and parental control is dysfunctional. This explains the ludicrous distinction between a beverage and human life. Liberals are floundering because they have no mooring. Public perception is changing and they are not sure where it is going. They refuse to acknowledge fact and proven science because it now, with new advances, refutes their agenda. So, they are left with only the ragged hope that public perception will swing back their way. Old propaganda is dusted off and tired mantras are once again invoked.
This is why our Founding Fathers so wisely advocated for a small limited government as indicated by this quote. “ The truth is, that, even with the most secure tenure of office, during good behavior, the danger is not, that the judges will be too firm in resisting public opinion, and in defense of private rights or public liberties; but, that they will be ready to yield themselves to the passions, and politics, and prejudices of the day.” –Joseph Story, Commentaries on the Constitution, 1833.
The historical and contemporary evidence is staggering. Government is inherently incompetent. That is why its influence must be limited.