Wednesday, July 27, 2016

"Trumpistas in Trumpistan"

To all the Trumpistas in Trumpistan:
Fix the whole world, you think he can?
In between Christ and Superman?
Let's just say . . I'm not a fan.
July 27, 2016

Sunday, July 24, 2016

"In the Land of Leprechaun"

In the Land of Leprechaun
In the Land of Limerick
You might meet a guy named Sean
But never one named Dick.
July 24, 2016

Friday, July 22, 2016

When We Vote Our Conscience

When we vote our conscience . .

We best enact our civic duty . .

We stay true to ourselves by finding the candidate who best matches our values—and what we want for our country.

We elect those most committed to protecting our Constitution and individual rights . .

The U.S. Constitution and our individual rights are what make our American experience special and unique in the world. They are what's most precious to our existence here and they must be preserved.

We ensure the system designed by the Founding Fathers functions to greatest benefit . .

The U.S. Constitution was designed with a distrust of government—and of those who might work it to their own benefit. As the first modern representative democracy in the world, a system of checks and balances was considered necessary to counterbalance government power, while also protecting the majority from dangerous minorities.

Only by voting in those most committed to protecting our Constitution do we make this system work to protect us and our country.

We give ourselves—and our nation—the best chance of surviving our social and political situation today.

If we vote our conscience, and not for somebody solely to keep somebody else out of office, we best let the system work as intended.

Voting freely for alternative candidates at the presidential level—without fear of the electoral consequences—increases the chance that no candidate from a major party receives the number of votes in the Electoral College, thereby sending the election into the House of Representatives. Our national representatives then have an opportunity to vote their conscience.

If we elect those most committed to preserving the Constitution to other offices—our national representatives and senators—they can best sponsor and support articles of impeachment should the elected president commit "high crimes and misdemeanors" or otherwise prove unfit for office.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Life Among the "Servile" Puppies

"You would think it would occur to him, 'Every place I've ever been, everyone has hated me. My only shot is to tie my wagon to Donald Trump. Maybe I can be attorney general or solicitor general.'"

Calls Senator Ted Cruz "a little bitch"


Thou art my friend
You heal and mend.
July 21, 2016


Senator Ted Cruz of Texas
“Stand and speak and vote your conscience, vote for candidates up and down the ticket who you trust to defend our freedom and to be faithful to the Constitution.”

Telling Americans to vote their conscience seems like a fine enough ideal to encourage. In an ideal political world, if more people would just vote their conscience it would keep the system honest. But, in a system that encourages (concretizes?) two parties, voting in this country has tended to be about not letting the other guy get in.

That's certainly how the 2016 presidential election is shaping up, with more people hating the opposing candidate than loving their own.

Telling Republicans at their convention in Cleveland to vote their conscience means what? With the absence of an expected, hoped-for endorsement for their chosen nominee, much might be read into it—but what does it actually mean?

The speaker that followed Ted Cruz last night at the convention—the redoubtable veteran pol with the quicksilver mind, Newt Gingrich—spun it around quickly to mean vote for the nominee. Libertarian candidate, Gary Johnson, has said it meant vote for him.

Even Hillary Clinton has "trolled" the phrase for her own purposes. Does she know that if the Democrat "superdelegates" at the convention next week in Philadelphia heed the call they might not nominate her at all?

Senator Cruz has not said if he'll vote for the Republican nominee—just that he will not vote for Clinton. He would not seem to be steering Republicans to her.

Could it be about the "down-ballot" races, all the other Republicans that might be elected that day? The Senator says he's not asking anyone to write him in.

Trump supporters on whose ears such a call to conscience falls hard might ask themselves why. If they are voting their conscience already  they needn't be upset. If they aren't, well, maybe they needed to hear about it from Senator Cruz.
“I have to say it was somewhat dismaying that, apparently, some of Donald’s biggest partisans right down front, when they heard that people should vote for someone you can trust to defend our freedom and defend our conscience, defend the constitution, immediately they began booing. I’m gonna say that’s a little bit troubling what they’re saying.”