Great Political Truths It Took A Long Time To Learn

I purposely try to keep political commentary to a minimum on the blog.  I swore off politics long ago to level out my blood pressure.  But just every once in a while current events make me feel a lot like Michael Corleone must have felt.

“Every time I think I’m free, they suck me right back in.”

Corruption, vote buying and arm-twisting in Washington are nothing new.  However, every once in a great while a crew comes along that elevates public bottom-feeding to a new low.  When this happens the cynic in me naturally wants to speak out.  So, in a spirit of bi-partisan benevolence and therapy, I offer these great political revelations that it took decades to learn and that generally apply to both major parties.

  1. When a politician gives you a check, don’t wait.  Run to the bank before all the other people who got checks can get there.  The last one to a teller always loses.
  2. Yes, politicians want your vote, but they want your money more.
  3. Politicians never spend their own money.  Why should they when they have so much of yours lying around?
  4. If you find such a rarity as an honest politician, stay away from him.  Like a rogue lion, the mythical honest politician can’t be out-guessed.  The regular, crooked politician is more predictable and much safer. (So is the rogue lion.)
  5. Politicians regularly lie about being honest politicians.  (See #4)  Edwin Edwards of Louisiana was the only one I remember who told the truth about it.  Remember what the truth got him? Incarceration.
  6. Mr. Smith goes to Washington was a movie.  When the real Mr. Smith goes to DC, any Jimmy Stewart tendencies are discarded at the sight of the first cocktail waitress willing to enjoy your money.
  7. “Women and children first” only applied on the Titanic.  In Washington, it is “Interns and cocktail waitresses first.”
  8. If a tree fell on a politician in the forest, the only sound you would hear is the scream of the last person that tried to cash his check. (See #1.)

Deo Vindice. Resurgam!



#CivilWar 2 – It’s not the future. It’s been going on for years.

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The Convenient Chimera of America’s ‘New Civil War’

(Strategic Culture) There is no imminent “civil war” coming to the United States between Republicans and Democrats. There is only one war that has been going on for many years: class war.
There’s a lot of fearful talk about the United States descending into a “new civil war” especially as highly fraught mid-term elections approach.
Commentators who indulge this notion are guilty of aiding the pretense that there are two different parties worth fighting for. When in reality the two U.S. parties are from the same stock: defenders of an oppressive, warmongering system.
To get rid of that system and replace it with something actually democratic requires popular recognition of how the two parties are equal parts of the same problem. A genuinely worker-led political movement is required guided by socialist objectives of economic justice and anti-imperialism.
Talk of civil war in the U.S. is a convenient chimera for suppressing real political awareness and democratic progress…Read the rest

The Right-Wing Wave? Don’t worry, the Left will be happy with their half loaf

(Then they’ll be back, WORSE than ever! Unlike RINOs, they never rest – DD)
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Voters Moving to the Right Across Almost Every Demographic, Says Massive Survey

(PJ Media) Morning Consult has reported five years’ worth of data from over 8.6 million participants that shows a trend of America’s registered voters moving steadily to the ideological right.
“The left is losing the battle for the minds of the American electorate, Morning Consult research shows, with voters decreasingly identifying as liberal in recent years,” writes Morning Consult political reporter Eli Yokley. “But that doesn’t mean the country is lurching to the right.”
Yokley then makes an effort to pretend the trend isn’t what it looks like: “Instead, an increase in the share of Americans who identify as moderate, or who are uncertain about where exactly they stand on the ideological spectrum, reveals a growing and electorally decisive center that is discontented with either side’s extremes.”
Except that the percentage of voters who identify as conservative actually increased slightly, while only those who call themselves liberal decreased. Call me crazy but that just sounds like Democrats are turning away from far-left ideology to become more moderate:…Read the rest

Abrams gets $100K+ Salary from Shadowy Group, Job duties – None

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Stacey Abrams received six-figure income from mysterious corporate entity
Abrams took in at least $150,000 from Dream Project Partners, which maintains practically no online presence

(FOX) Democratic Georgia gubernatorial nominee Stacey Abrams received over $100,000 from a mysterious limited liability company that doesn’t appear to have any online presence outside of her financial disclosure form and corporate records, a Fox News Digital review found.
Abrams’ financial disclosure form, released in March, lists Dream Project Partners Inc. in multiple sections, including "statement of income" and "direct ownership interests in business entity." The Georgia Democrat listed herself as a "Board Member and Shareholder" and recorded in the income section that she received $50,000 in 2021 and $100,000 in 2022.
The financial form says she has no duties with Dream Project Partners Inc, and its "principal activity" description is also vague…
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