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Don’t Be A Political Pansy…on Election Day.

The tag line I use to promote my book is “Don’t be a Political Pansy!” That is tongue-in-cheek advertising, and as much a joke as it is a challenge. But there really is a breed of political pansy out there.

I normally serve up red meat on this site. There is so much we can devour! And I am serving up plenty of it elsewhere. But right now I am talking to EVERYONE. I may be preaching to the choir though. It is likely that the people this is directed at won’t see it because, well…they are the people it is directed at, political pansies.

Who are these pansies? These are the people on both side of the political spectrum who harp endlessly on how screwed up everything is. They call names on Facebook and sit in the break room at work looking down their noses at politicians and the people that vote for them. But in reality they are too lazy and insincere to actually go out and make their own noise in a way that is constructive.

 These pansies have a laundry list of reasons to not fulfill their civic duty and vote. But my favorite is, “Why bother? It never changes. They’re all the same.”

These pansies already know the answer to their own question. Things remain as they are because too many people say, “Why bother? It never changes.” By being that guy, you hand the worst of our politicians the advantage of incumbency and the comfort of knowing that not enough of the electorate is awake enough to impact their political ambitions.

You have to trust me on this: If the political class woke up on Wednesday morning to find out 90% of the population voted (the results would be wildly out of sinc with what the talking heads are saying now) they would piss their pants! And rightly so. It would mean that they would have to start performing. They would have to shitcan their poll tested garbage and really try to make a difference. They would realize that all the special interest cronyism won’t protect them from US!

And damn! Look how easy they have made voting! You can vote online, vote mail-in (used to be called absentee, and you can vote early. I have made my concrete concerns for these stupid ideas known in my book and here.

Despite those misgivings, how much easier do you need it to be before you participate and drop the phony self-importance about how the man will keep you down no matter what crap?

HOW IT OUGHT TO BE

I was talking to my buddy Bob D. on Facebook the other day. We were in disagreement about a particular get-out-the-vote campaign. But on one point, I don’t believe there was a spark of light between us.

I said that Election Day should be a bank holiday. Forget early voting or online or mail-in garbage. Only real cases should vote absentee. On election day, we should all gather and celebrate the day and the franchise, win or lose. Voting is at least as important as the Fourth of July! It’s way more important than Labor Day. There should be Election Day parties. No one allowed in without an updated “I voted” sticker. These parties should not be mandated by law, of course, but it would be an original party theme. On this day, even as the returns are still being counted, we are all one again. We all did our civic thing and now we are enjoying just being Americans.

Tomorrow, it all starts again. But today, no rancor or discord would be of any use to anyone. Pass the beer and the brats! 

But what am I saying? [snide whiney voice] No one would ever do that. It’ll never change. Right?

To this I would respond with a slightly non-contextual quote from Ken Olsen, founder of Digital Equipment Corporation in 1977: There is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home.” At the time, that was the prevailing wisdom.  It would last less than 5 years.  Of course we would need a center of influence bigger than my brilliant self to make Election Day a holiday.

And what the hell, it would give Hallmark a reason to jack us up for a whole new set of greeting cards.

 

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Wherefore Art Thou, Floriday?

To my peeps in Florida: What is the deal?!

As I wrote to Wisconsin readers, I am wondering what it is in your state that is making your choice for governor and congress so difficult. How is it possible (I am asking rhetorically) that this is even a contest?

On the Left, for governor, you have a corrupt, socialist, bent of taking a wrecking ball to your economy. And it appears that about half of you are saying: gee, that’s okay ‘cuz he’s really cool and sounds like Obama when he talks.

And it isn’t lost no me that the national media has made YOUR LOCAL ISSUES into a Trump thing.

Look, Trump does not decide what happens in your state. Don’t let the agenda of people in LA or New York pollute your thinking. Florida is in a good place right now. It is, amazingly, still growing. If you stick to your guns (even if you think Donald Trump is a big fat jerk), you will reap great reward.

DeSantis, candidate for Governor
Rick Scott, Candidate for Senate.

Or you can swing left and two years form now be asking why you are doing so poorly when three quarters of the rest of the country is prospering. De Santis and Scott will keep the ball rolling and Florida growing. The corrupt Left will ruin Florida. History says I am right. Many will say I am wrong because Trump is a big, fat jerk and White men are the greatest terrorist threat to our nation.

If you are stupid enough to buy into those last two statements, vote for the socialists. If you want to keep Florida moving, vote Republican. It truly is that simple.

Or maybe you want to hand power to people who think this is good political discourse.

source: Slate.com

Full disclosure, I bailed on the Republican party (officially) in 2016. But when it is a choice between the GOP and certain ruin, of course I will go with the GOP. I do WISH there were a better organized Libertarian Party, but I tried wishing on one hand and shitting in the other. When I rubbed them together, what do you thing I got?

 

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Photo credits:

DeSantis: Official Congreessional Photo

Scott: Official Portrait

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Wake Up, Wisconsin!

Wisconsin! Have half of you lost your minds?

I will allow for short memories and cults of personality, both demonizing and inflating. BUT!…

…You have a governor who has done more for your state than many past governors combined. You have conservative candidates ready to hit the ground running on your behalf right now. And yet, it seems the races this Tuesday are looking like close calls! What are you thinking?

Keep the following in mind this week when you vote: Rust belt states have always languished under Democrat rule, both local and national. Look at any major city where the Left is entrenched. You will see blight, violence, employment ALWAYS lower than the national average (often much lower), crappy schools, nepotism and outright corruption.

Scott Walker (R-WI) Governor

The amazing thing is the very people who bring you this misery spend all their time blaming the other party, especially in areas where the other party has absolutely no power. And it would seem half of you believe them!

You are not making history here. The same rust belt has a history of voting for Dems because the Democrat Party always sells it’s drivel as being the easy way out. It’s all feel-good nonsense. But it is easy to buy into. They get into positions of power and immediately go to work centralizing power and ruining economies and lives. The people put up with this for as long as they can, and finally when they are forced to see reason vote in GOP people to unscrew the mess.

And then they become complacent. Worse, as in this election year, personalities come into play. Yeah, Trump rubs people the wrong way. I get it. I am hoping someone primaries him next year. But you can’t sacrifice everything Wisconsin has gained because you think Trump is a big , fat jerk.

I take that back…you can. It would be monumentally stupid, but you can if you don’t want to keep the success your state has experienced.

Here’s a suggestion, skip the years of heartache and just keep Walker where he is and send an army of conservatives to Washington who will get government out of your way and let you get on with your lives.

Or you can go back to some kind of pathetic, John Steinbeck, I–am-in-love-with-poverty dystopia for a decade or so.

Your choice.

 

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Let’s demand good governance!

Kindle version here!

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Photo credits:
Walker Twitter page.