April 10, 2006
quote of the day
"From their scramble to ram through a national legislative solution to Terri Schiavo's plight, to their overreaction to Hurricane Katrina, to their failure to recognize the public's disgust with pork-barrel projects, to the Dubai Ports deal, Republicans have appeared to the world to be as unprincipled and rudderless as the politicians they campaigned against back in 1994. Unless they change course dramatically in the seven months between now and Election Day, they may well find themselves facing the same fate as the Democratic political dinosaurs of that year that they replaced."--- GOP "official"
(Quote lifted from here.)
I have voted in every local, state and national election that offered me a ballot since I was eighteen years old. I believed in exercising my political voice, lonely though it sometimes seemed to be. I didn't like a lot of what the politicians did, and my motto was "If you don't vote, don't bitch. You LET it happen." I voted and I bitched.
Where did that philosophy get me? I despise the legacy left by Franklin Roosevelt while it grows every day. I remain convinced that Ronald Reagan was one of the GREAT Presidents this country has seen, but even HE couldn't stick to his guns in the battle over Congressional spending and taxes. I am proud to be an American, but I fear and distrust my bloated, incompetent government.
THAT'S where caring got me.
Government dictates how much water my toilet can flush, but it doesn't have the balls to deal with illegal immigration. Something is terribly wrong with that picture. Government doesn't "serve" its citizens--- it TENDS them, as if citizens were dumb animals in a zoo. And it does a piss-poor job of that, except for feeding them a rich diet of bullshit.
I thought that things might change, that government might at least slow down its wild stampede over my personal liberty when George Bush was elected. Given a Republican majority in both houses of Congress, Bush had the reins in his hands, and I desperately hoped that he would prove to be an advocate of smaller, less intrusive government. I hoped that he took freedom seriously.
I am proof that there is, indeed, a sucker born every minute.
I'm not sorry that I voted for Bush (twice!)--- Al Gore or John Kerry were totally unacceptable alternatives in MY mind--- but I need to be dragged off and shot for wishfully thinking that who I voted for made a shit bit of difference in the long run. Bush is nothing more than the same old same old. Maybe that's all we can hope for anymore.
My daddy always preached that "A winner never quits and a quitter never wins." That was his way of saying Never Give Up. His advice might still apply to sporting contests or fistfights, but it ain't worth a damn in politics anymore, at least not where the average citizen is concerned. Government is a steamroller, and it will flatten anybody who gets in its way. That's what it DOES today. And I don't think it makes a rat's ass who is driving the damned thing.
I'm done. I give up. I quit.
I've cast my last vote.
Republicans had their chance to win ME for the rest of my life, but they blew it. And I'm a red-state member of their got-dam BASE, for cryin' out loud. If they've managed to drive ME from their tent, what does that say about the Republican party? It says a LOT, and none of it good.
I have one political ambition anymore--- I just want to stay out of the way of the government steamroller. That's IMPOSSIBLE, given the scope of government today, but it's just as worthy an ambition (and just as naive) as thinking that MY vote will EVER make a difference in where this country is headed. The die is cast. Resistance is futile.
From now on, politicians can run their dog-and-pony show without me. I don't matter anyway.
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