Geographical Prejudice Part One

 

The recent debate (I’m being kind. Tantrums is the more accurate term.) concerning the electoral college has brought into sharp clarity the desire or belief by some that only certain areas, and those that reside there, should decide the political fortunes of the rest of the Nation. It would seem if you follow this line of thinking (Again, I’m being kind), that a mere residency in certain enlightened geographical locations endows said resident with more political fortitude than those from less desirable locals, and therefore, those residents who reside in the “cool place” their votes should have more import,clout than those who reside in the “not-so-cool place”. Embracing this form of reasoning (I’m not even being kind here, I’m just throwing out nice terms in vain attempt to gloss over reality.) results in a form of governance called Pure Democracy, historically defined as Mob Rule.

To say that this columnist takes a dim view of geographical prejudice could probably be characterized as the understatement of the century…in some corners of humanity….somewhere… Still, our friends (I’m not going to help you through these “kind terms” anymore.) need to be reminded that despite all the work of politicians, media elites, educators, and actors, who live in those “cool places”, despite their efforts to convince us that we are a democracy, this election proved this time proven point. Self-absorbed, elitist, and “way cool” people are so blinded by their own arrogance that they rarely know anything of what their talking about.

Yes, elitist have been shocked to find out that despite their barrage of indoctrination attempts, the United States is still not a democracy and is still a Constitutional Republic. Our Founders chose a Constitutional Republic rather a Pure Democracy to protect us from “cool people” who live in “cool places” and think their opinion by virtue of their place of domicile should have more value than those in other geographical locations. They had seen throughout history that within a Pure Democracy instigators had merely to target high population areas where people tend to herd rather than think (IE. “How is Joe Cool voting? OK. That’s the way I’m voting.”), work up the mob to overthrow whatever perceived or real injustice, only for the people to find they had been used for a hidden agenda, and the cycle would start again. Civilizations under Pure Democracy are kept in a constant state of revolution until a dictator takes power that can rule the mob through brute strength. Remember, all dictators are voted in, yes, like Castro, Hitler, and others all shouting “Democracy”.

The Founders chose a Constitutional Republic to prevent this. By instituting the Electoral College and selecting two Senators from each State, no matter the population, the framers insured that the more rural States, whose residents tended to be less effected by populace swell, had an equal voice in the governing and electoral process. Furthermore, the Senator’s were elected by State’s legislature, leaning towards a Republic style of government, and the Representatives were elected by popular vote, a use of Pure Democracy.

Our Founding Fathers installed a Constitutional Republic with pieces of democracy to insure the fairest way that all areas of our Nation could have a equal voice. Which begs the question, why haven’t the States figured that little piece of common sense out? In the next installment, we’ll look at how Maine’s political system is entrenched with geographical prejudice and the steps we as citizens can take to make our voices heard and change this travesty which has oppressed this State for too long.

Romney picks Ryan

Governor Romney has picked his running mate and it is a good one.  Paul Ryan has been the one consistent voice in DC calling for fiscal sanity, but not only calling for it, providing solutions for it.  While the media prefers to stay on the nether that they deem important, such as the President’s socks, in an effort to avoid the President’s record and his lies, the media will now be forced to attack Ryan on his message, which is right where the Romney ticket wants to be and not where the President wants to be.

Silly

Still neck deep in research of the myriad of Democrat folly, the labyrinth of bureaucracies created by John Martin to cover them up and keep them intact, and the desperate attempts by Emily Cain and others to blame the forty year compilation of such on the one year of efforts to clean it up by the LePage administration.  So I decided to shine the light of scrutiny on a much lighter subject, just plain old media stupidity.  Yes, we all love to watch the media’s inept attempts to simply tell the facts.  This is always followed with that warm nostalgic feeling when this same media follows its own predictable pattern of insulting our intelligence by claiming through spin and diversion that it is telling the facts.

I am a fan of the game of football.  I am a fan of the New England Patriots.  The Patriots won a decisive playoff victory over the Denver Broncos, which is in the process of training and molding a very young quarterback.  This young man has been the subject of, perhaps, the greatest outpouring of media stupidity I have seen or heard.  I have stayed away from this hilarity for reasons of trying to maintain some dignity.  But there are some sad tendencies within the media that ooze throughout the reporting world with unfortunate regularity.  The tendency most consistent is the tendency to….lie.

A couple of weeks ago, it was widely reported, after a poor showing against the Kansas City Chiefs, that the back-up quarterback was getting most of the reps and that Denver had installed a new offense for him for the play-offs.  Well then, a nasty thing called the truth appeared that Sunday.  Tim Tebow did play and did beat the Pittsburg Steelers.  The great quarterback Phil Simms revealed in his color commentary that the “new offense” installed was the customary two reps that a back-up receives at the Friday practice before the game.  This is done to remind the quarterback next in line what a football looks like, how it feels in his hand, and that it should be thrown in the direction of his teammates with some semblance of accuracy and purpose.  The coach then hopes his back-up will, in an emergency, show some mastery of the choreographed dance of large, overly padded men hurling and smashing themselves into each other with extreme prejudice.  What a great sport!

Did the media apologize for such a glaring lie?  Did sports writers admit their lack of knowledge of truth and that they are better suited to be writing talking points for Emily Cain or John Martin?  No!  Why?  Because they hate the fact that he exercises his Constitutional right to express his faith in public.

I share a very similar faith with this young man.  So you may ask how I feel about his expression of faith.  I DON’T CARE!!  He is an American and he can express his faith how he pleases.  Some have accused him of saying God helps him win.  He has never said that.  Another lie!

I’m going to drop a theological bombshell here.  Hang on!!  God doesn’t care a hoot what team wins a football game.  What he cares about is that all of us who claim to be Christians live out our lives, in the other six days of a week, as reflection of the God we worship on Sunday.

The behavior around Tim Tebow is silly.  The tendency of the media to lie with arrogant impunity is not.  The media will continue to do this unless we the people demand they stop and respond with the truth.

A Blue Christmas

 

A blue Christmas

 

I’m not enough of a political historian to know why and when the colors blue and red were designated as the colors of the Democrat and Republican parties, respectively, but it has become increasingly clear in recent weeks that Democrats are determined to have a blue Christmas.  The late rock-in-roller Elvis Presley crooned, in that Christmas classic “Blue Christmas”, assuring his estranged lover that he would have a blue Christmas without her.  The lyrics of this song were meant to invoke images and emotions of sorrow and loneliness.  Democrats, on the other hand, seem quite content to have a blue Christmas without you.

Democrats have ignored the will of the people for years on the issue of LURC.  Now that the people have given the Republicans a chance to free rural Maine from this onerous regulatory beast, Republicans seem reluctant to make the right choice for Maine.  In the last legislative session, the opportunity was available to rid Maine of this burden.  Moderate Republicans entranced by the beckoning sounds of that hazy blue light followed it like so many moths to the flame and voted instead to form a commission to study the effects LURC on the State of Maine.  It seems that forty years of economic devastation wasn’t enough.

So the commission was formed and produced a compromise, which doesn’t seem to reflect the will of so many in rural Maine that cried for repeal.  There is a provision for Counties to opt out, but already Democrats are working to eliminate that.  If the moderate Republicans hold true to their pattern of obstruction, the future looks very blue indeed.  Mainers will be left with only promises of change but nothing to show for it.  This may prove to be a very blue Christmas for Democrats, a Christmas where the will of the people is ignored.  A gift Democrats thrive upon.

DHHS is facing a 212 million dollar shortfall.  The Governor has produced a plan to deal with it.  It asks that all healthy, childless adults be taken off the taxpayer dole.  The crazy thing about this plan is that it almost sounds like commonsense.  But Democrats and their media allies have produced the same old tired pictorials of the many defenseless the Republicans will hurt, like the front-page picture of a man who lives in need of oxygen.  The media and the liberals would have us believe that this is healthy male.  I’m sorry but the word “healthy” does not immediately conjure up images of a man who is confined by a need for oxygen.  Talk about your redefinitions.

Once again, the Democrat party is practicing diversionary tactics because they do not want the will of the people to be enacted.  If so, it will spell the end of bureaucracy.  Reformation will portend the targeting of fat-cat politicians and their corrupt agendas.  The Democrats have a lot to hide and hold on to.  They are determined to have a blue Christmas without you the people.