The root canal election

This is a strange political season with lots of acrimony but little enthusiasm. Walking my neighborhood, I saw only four yard signs, two for Clinton and one for Trump. I recall in previous elections they were all over the place by now. I drove down to Mineral, Virginia a couple days ago, covered miles of country roads and saw only four signs, all for Trump.

This lack is significant. It is the dog that didn't bark. Most people are resigned to vote for the one they think is less harmful, but they are looking forward to the election the way they might look forward to a root canal.

I feel mild depression whenever I think of the next four years. I am pretty sure that Hillary will win. Hillary is the second worst candidate of my adult life, surpassed in odiousness only by her opponent.

What am I going to do? I am going to the polls out of patriot piety and I will vote for Gary Johnson. He is pretty strange, but not in the crazy way Trump is strange or the dishonest and petty way characteristic of Hillary. He won't win anyway. Our real alternative is to hunker down and do better in 2020.

Posted by Christine & John at October 29, 2016 5:30 PM
Comments
Comment #409159

If the serious fraud and corruption being practiced by our national politicians and their enablers is not restrained very soon thru peaceful elections; it very well might be accomplished in a violent manner.

We elected these misfits…we can undo the damage. There may yet still be time.

Posted by: Royal Flush at October 29, 2016 5:59 PM
Comment #409162

RF,
Good lord.
So in order to save the country you want to destroy it. Good for you. Can you name proven examples of fraud and corruption that resulted in indictments, trials, and convictions? Or is the legal system also getting tossed onto the bonfire because it is part of the conspiracy?

C&J,
“This is not the time to cast a jocular or feel-good vote for a man whom you may have briefly found entertaining. Donald Trump should not, cannot, and must not be elected President of the United States.”
William Weld, Libertarian V.P. nominee

Posted by: phx8 at October 29, 2016 6:13 PM
Comment #409166

My Liberal Buddie phx8 just doesn’t get it when it comes to government sanctioned and practiced fraud and corruption.

Silly boy expects those criminals to change their ways because their conscious bothers them. When those charged with keeping the system honest are part of the problem it is time to “drain the swamp”.

I know, I know…the same old bullshit from the Left. PROVE IT!

Apparently we can’t prove it so we will have to resort to other means. And, phx8, no one will care what you think.

Posted by: Royal Flush at October 29, 2016 6:23 PM
Comment #409167

My justification for what I write can be found in the DOI.

“That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or abolish it, and to institute new Government…to effect their Safety and Happiness.”

We are closely approaching the “Despotism” which calls for action as a “right” and “duty” to throw off such Government.

Posted by: Royal Flush at October 29, 2016 6:32 PM
Comment #409171

Does this sound familiar to anyone?

Parliament enacted a series of measures to increase revenue from the colonies, such as the Stamp Act of 1765 and the Townshend Acts of 1767. Parliament believed that these acts were a legitimate means of having the colonies pay their fair share

Posted by: Royal Flush at October 29, 2016 6:44 PM
Comment #409172

“We are closely approaching the “Despotism” which calls for action…”

It is called an election.

“PROVE IT!”

Seems like a perfectly reasonable request. You want to dismantle the country based on charges of corruption and fraud. OK. Cite an example of corruption and fraud that warrants it. And if the judiciary is part of the problem, simply say so.

Hillary Clinton has promised to nominate judges to overturn Citizens United. Trump has hired David Bossie, former president of Citizens United, as his Deputy Campaign Manager.

Posted by: phx8 at October 29, 2016 6:45 PM
Comment #409173

The problem for colonialists was not just taxation. It was taxation without representation. There was also a serious issue with the economics of the time, but that is another story.

Ever hear of the Whiskey Rebellion? Know how it ended?

Posted by: phx8 at October 29, 2016 6:49 PM
Comment #409175

Americans believe we have a two-tiered system of federal justice: one standard for the Clintons and one for the peasants.

Posted by: Royal Flush at October 29, 2016 6:59 PM
Comment #409176

The Colonists attempted to reason with the Crown to no avail. Many delegations were sent to Parliament to present and argue their complaints to no avail.

The Colonists couldn’t “PROVE” to the Crown and Parliament that their grievances were actionable. We all know what happened next.

It can happen again.

Posted by: Royal Flush at October 29, 2016 7:06 PM
Comment #409178

Our political parties today remind me of how Tammany Hall operated. For easy reference, here’s a link.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tammany_Hall

Posted by: Royal Flush at October 29, 2016 7:16 PM
Comment #409179

Whiskey Rebellion:
Federal government formed an army, invaded Virginia, imposed it’s first tax.

Posted by: Weary Willie at October 29, 2016 7:19 PM
Comment #409188
What am I going to do? I am going to the polls out of patriot piety and I will vote for Gary Johnson. He is pretty strange, but not in the crazy way Trump is strange or the dishonest and petty way characteristic of Hillary. He won’t win anyway. Our real alternative is to hunker down and do better in 2020.

I am also voting for Johnson, mostly out of endearment to his humility. Bill Weld was a top notch governor of MA. With his advice, Gary would make an excellent President. Too bad he they are going to lose, but at least I can do my part to give the Libertarians the 5% of the vote they need to grow for the next election. The Republican Party is disintegrating before our very eyes and tomorrow’s Democrats are going to need a “small government” party to keep their profligate spending in check.

Posted by: Warren Porter at October 29, 2016 9:56 PM
Comment #409190

C&J, there is a good number of signs in Rapp, Cul, Fauq, Madison counties. I’ve been Independent all my life and for the first time I have a sign on my property. Trump reports larger numbers being active in politics, long lines for early voting, etc.

Are you sure you are not just disgruntled with a candidate who wants to revamp NAFTA and secure the borders?
Does it not bother you deeply that she has violated the espionage laws of this country? She has compromised the national security of this country. The Soviets AND OTHERS have the TS codeword messages she relayed around on her multiple servers.

IF Trump does not win then Hillary becomes President and that means:
Amnesty and continued open borders
She will appoint from one to four SC justices.
With 4 years of amnesty/open borders there is no way a conservative party can ever again out vote the dems.
After another 4 or 8 years of dems there want be anything to get back. Constitutional crisis here, C&J.

Think before you leap, C&J

Posted by: roy ellis at October 29, 2016 10:03 PM
Comment #409192

Royal, I’m up to herre with these talking heads relating that the compromising of our national security is like water gate.

How stupid and insulting. Water gate consisted of maybe a 100 or 200 people. Hillary and Bill’s criminal enterprise must involve some 20K folks. You’ve got the entire executive branch, the DOS, FBI, CGI, Dem party operatives, Clinton Foundation, a number of foreign operatives, contractors who are well plugged in. I mean, this thing has tentacles beyond belief. Throw the Chicago political machine in there too.

Water gate and Clinton racketering are related like an ant would be to an elephant.

Otherwise - - -

Posted by: roy ellis at October 29, 2016 10:22 PM
Comment #409194

Congratulations on the craziest comment of the day. Everybody is involved in a conspiracy. Hoo boy.

C&J,
Several times I have seen articles lamenting the quality of both candidates. These articles inevitably come from conservatives. I never see such articles from Democrats. They seem pretty happy about their candidate.

Posted by: phx8 at October 29, 2016 11:51 PM
Comment #409195

Phx8

I am not happy with Trump. I never liked Hillary. This is similar to most Americans who dislike both.

Posted by: Christine & John at October 30, 2016 12:06 AM
Comment #409196

What is the difference between Trump and Johnson? I mean won’t Pence be able to do the same thing you think Weld will do for Johnson. Seems to me all we have with these guys is a reversal of the McCain/Palin clownery. Give stupid a chance, guys vote for Trump not Johnson if you truly believe their positions are the best for the country.

I find it funny conservatives threaten violence and such over this election. We see the veiled threats of Royal as if he has the cajones to go to DC and commit some act of violence on an elected official. I say BS, no cajones Royal, I dare you to do something violent when/if your team loses the election. My bet is you will tuck your tail between your legs and run.

Posted by: j2t2 at October 30, 2016 12:07 AM
Comment #409197

J2t2

I never advocate political violence and oppose coercion in politics in general. I don’t vote for Trump because he is too much like Democrats in his belief that government action can solve economic and social problems. I also fear that he is batshit crazy.

Hillary is the establishment candidate. I think that her presidency would be predictable, not good but predictable. I am reasonably certain that she would be a one-term president. I would rather have her for four years and then get something better.

Posted by: Christine & John at October 30, 2016 12:12 AM
Comment #409198

What if she gets elected and appoints SC judges that interpret the 14th-15th amendment to favor the Progressive point of view? What if her appointees allow executive amnesty to an unlimited number of illegal immigrants to become citizens the minute they set foot across the border?

Do you really think, after 4 years of executive orders and a stacked SC, your vote for an opposition candidate will matter any longer? Will there even be a viable opposition candidate that can weather the dirty tricks that will come their way? Hillbilly will smash any opposition to her presidency. She doesn’t have the temperament to exercise sound judgement at that level.

Posted by: Weary Willie at October 30, 2016 12:32 AM
Comment #409200
What is the difference between Trump and Johnson? I mean won’t Pence be able to do the same thing you think Weld will do for Johnson.

Well, one of the pair supports using government’s cudgel to impose an anachronistic moral code on the whole nation. The other pair is willing to let people decide for themselves who they want to marry, what happens in their own uterus and many other things.

Also, unlike the lying Trump/Pence, I expect Johnson/Weld to actually make the substantive cuts necessary to balance the budget. This will include sacred cows precious to both sides including military and entitlement spending.

Posted by: Warren Porter at October 30, 2016 12:43 AM
Comment #409208

Last week I voted for Hillary Clinton and the republicans convinced me to do that.

Not just because of the graciousness, dignity and aplomb she displayed in the debates and on the campaign but more so because of her ability to fight for what she believes in, admit errors in judgement, and scare the bejesus out of her adversaries(this is displayed vigorously here at times as the faux fears of loss of liberties). I want someone intelligent, strong and fearless in the face of adversity that our country faces. She has displayed that for as long as I can remember.

I would advise anyone to take pride in their vote, even if it is symbolic. Our ability to vote is sometimes lessened by the circus of the campaign but it is nonetheless a foundation of our democracy and is ours to claim.

Posted by: Speak4all at October 30, 2016 12:05 PM
Comment #409232

My fruitcake Liberal Buddie j2t2 writes; “We see the veiled threats of Royal as if he has the cajones to go to DC and commit some act of violence on an elected official.”

Good Lord Man…we witness non-violent actions of rebellion against the status-quo nearly every day by the Leftie and socialist nuts. Do you actually believe that those of us who value our freedom, independence and Constitutional Law are incapable of the same?

Tell me “Friend”, is it beyond your imagination to believe that Americans who work might just have more power than those that just take?

Tell me what clout you think a couple of million pissed off law-abiding Americans who have worked and served our country might have by demonstration in front of the White House and Congress.

Do you believe a bunch of rebel-rousing shitheads demanding more free stuff would get the same attention?

Posted by: Royal Flush at October 30, 2016 2:13 PM
Comment #409239
a bunch of rebel-rousing shitheads demanding more free stuff

Isn’t that what you are threatening?

Posted by: Warren Porter at October 30, 2016 2:51 PM
Comment #409240

Warrren, please elaborate.

Posted by: Royal Flush at October 30, 2016 2:54 PM
Comment #409255

So Royal when you say “it very well might be accomplished in a violent manner.” you actually mean “non-violent actions of rebellion”? The forked tongue conservatism approach of talking bad whilst carrying a small stick seems to me not what many other conservatives are saying. I would suggest it is because you don’t actually believe the rhetoric you are spouting. Faux violence for faux sandals IMHO.

Posted by: j2t2 at October 30, 2016 5:52 PM
Comment #409266

RF,

White/Heterosexual/male/etc privilege is eroding away in front of our very eyes. That privilege amounts to a whole lot of “free stuff”. For all intents and purposes, you are threatening to rebel against the government if it doesn’t work to restore those privileges.

Posted by: Warren Porter at October 31, 2016 12:31 AM
Comment #409267

There is no such thing as white privelge. That is a phony-baloney concept created by the grievance industry. Consider if you and Obama’s girls are looking for work. Who would you bet on?

We all have a portfolio of advantages and disadvantages. Gender and race are among them and may help or hurt.

In my particular line of work, being a white male has been a mixed blessing. I have been denied jobs on at least two occasions ONLY because of my gender. It was said explicitly. On another occasion, I did not get a job I was qualified for because a big part of the portfolio was LGBT rights and they wanted a gay man. Again, this was not subtle.

A group going for Trump are non-college educated white men and I can understand their concerns. They really have no privileges and often their jobs are at risk. Yet they are told by rich folks, black, white, male female, that they are somehow on the top of heap. And/or that they need to pay back for something done in the past by people with similar physical characteristics.

It make me mad and I am no longer a poor young man. The fact that Trump will call out the PC appeals to me, not enough to get my support but I can understand those who do.

If you treat similar behaviors differently only because of race, you are racist. If you do not, you are not and need feel no guilt for anything related to race. It really is that simple.

Posted by: Christine & John at October 31, 2016 8:07 AM
Comment #409286

Warren writes; “White/Heterosexual/male/etc privilege is eroding away in front of our very eyes. That privilege amounts to a whole lot of “free stuff”.”

Even with my very high IQ Warren, I don’t know what that privilege is.

White/Heterosexual/male’s don’t receive special consideration in education, housing, welfare, workplace, bathroom, shower-room, polling place, or anywhere else I know of Warren.

Warren is confused about his concerns. What he is describing is the ploy used by the Left for decades to foment unrest among the poor and uneducated.

The Party Line is that “Whitey” is the one who is keeping you down…it’s his fault you can’t read, it’s his fault you can’t find a job, it’s his fault you have no father in your family, and much more.

The Left has done very little to lift the poor and disadvantaged into the mainstream middle America. They should be ashamed, but as Warren proves, they are not.

Posted by: Royal Flush at October 31, 2016 2:28 PM
Comment #409287

Trump Proposes “New Deal For Black America” In Charlotte

“The Democrats have run our inner cities for fifty, sixty, seventy years or more. They’ve run the school boards, the city councils, the mayor’s offices, and the congressional seats. Their policies have failed, and they’ve failed miserably.

They’ve trapped children in failing government schools, and opposed school choice at every turn.”

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2016/10/26/trump_proposes_new_deal_for_black_america_in_charlotte.html

Posted by: Royal Flush at October 31, 2016 4:22 PM
Comment #409312
Consider if you and Obama’s girls are looking for work. Who would you bet on?

Precisely my point. White privilege is eroding away.

We all have a portfolio of advantages and disadvantages. Gender and race are among them and may help or hurt.

If you prefer to call it “advantage” rather than privilege, then that is your prerogative.

In my particular line of work, being a white male has been a mixed blessing. I have been denied jobs on at least two occasions ONLY because of my gender. It was said explicitly. On another occasion, I did not get a job I was qualified for because a big part of the portfolio was LGBT rights and they wanted a gay man. Again, this was not subtle.

It is true that non-whiteness or non-maleness can confer privilege in certain situations. It is the nature of the human mind to only remember the situations in which we were disadvantaged and to forget the times we were advantaged.

A group going for Trump are non-college educated white men and I can understand their concerns. They really have no privileges and often their jobs are at risk. Yet they are told by rich folks, black, white, male female, that they are somehow on the top of heap. And/or that they need to pay back for something done in the past by people with similar physical characteristics.

Compared to their nonwhite working class brethren, these non-college whites still have a lot of privilege. When nonwhite people move to a town in rural Wisconsin, there is immediate suspicion of their immigration status and even suspicions of more heinous crimes.

That doesn’t happen to white people. This is why nobody seems to care about he use of illegal Polish labor to construct Trump Tower. A White person is given the benefit of the doubt in certain situations where a nonwhite person must work hard to gain others’ trust.

Mind you, the existence of privilege is not the same as the existence of racism/sexism/etc. It is just a function of the brain’s tribal instincts, which require conscious effort to overcome.

I don’t know what that privilege is.
This is also a reflection of White privilege. Because privilege is so ordinary, your brain doesn’t bother to note it.
White/Heterosexual/male’s don’t receive special consideration in education, housing, welfare, workplace, bathroom, shower-room, polling place, or anywhere else I know of Warren.

I never claimed otherwise. White Privilege is not the same thing as explicit special consideration.

The Party Line is that “Whitey” is the one who is keeping you down…it’s his fault you can’t read, it’s his fault you can’t find a job, it’s his fault you have no father in your family, and much more.

I witness this manifesting itself in communities of Whites without college degrees. These communities are recently impoverished as a result of outsourcing and automation of manufacturing. Instead of taking responsibility for themselves and forging their own futures, these people blame their problems on exogenous forces. It’s the government’s fault or it’s the immigrant’s fault that people’s skills are not well-suited for the new economy.

Meanwhile, nonwhite immigrants seem to have little trouble at all finding employment and making their lives prosperous. It’s all a matter of attitude and the same self-destructive mindset that infected African-American communities decades ago has now manifested in these rust belt communities.

The Left has done very little to lift the poor and disadvantaged into the mainstream middle America. They should be ashamed, but as Warren proves, they are not.

Since the 1950s, there has been a profound drop in the poverty rate in the United States. I think we should be proud of that accomplishment.

Posted by: Warren Porter at November 1, 2016 12:02 PM
Comment #409313

I think the Republican Party has increasingly made politics an ordeal in this country because of their insistence on fighting what they term “pc” trends.

Truth is, this nation is organically growing more diverse. The truth is, the white vote is getting less and less powerful, and throwing their weight behind Republican candidates no longer guarantees them their victory on a national stage.

And let me be blunt here, even cruelly so: Republicans have become ARROGANT, even blindly so, and seem to have decided that they’re entitled to power whether the people want them to have it or not. Do you deny it? I have never seen in my lifetime a Supreme Court Justice held up the way that Merrick Garland has been, not even given the dignity of an up or down vote. People justify it by saying that this is their right, their constitutional duty or whatever, they’ve said that they’re protecting the Constitution from liberals by doing that…

…and I’m like, who’s protecting it from you? The Framers disliked partisanship, and Merrick Garland is a bipartisan-supported federal judge. His selection was not an accident. Obama could name a flaming liberal, but he did not. He nominated a centrist, a compromise nominee.

He nominated somebody you’d have to be a real partisan to oppose. He wanted to make it clear that the GOP was putting the bet on Trump winning the President, that it was trying to regain old glory without really doing the work.

Republicans need to realize that nobody is obliged to respect their possession of power if they want to get postmodern about our possession of it. The Constitution lets us share power if we don’t behave like spoiled brats who want what they want and cry when they don’t get it every time.

Posted by: Stephen Daugherty at November 1, 2016 2:10 PM
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