Just in case you were wondering, NO I am not currently running for any political office. But I am dedicated to influencing those who are, to raise the bar in our political leadership; a bar that I am sure everyone will agree is desperately in need of raising.
I recently received a request from Ed Barton who is running for State Senate in Washington State for a campaign donation. I asked him what sets him apart from his opponent and to his credit he responded.
Well, for one, my opponent is a 24 year incumbent Democrat who has a 100% voting record of never opposing the WEA. I am in favor of school choice, less government, and holding government accountable for outcomes, not just inputs. I opppse the 405 toll road, my opponent voted for it. I believe in keeping spending low and government out of personal lives.
Now I didn't give him any money but I did offer the following titbits of advice on how to change my mind on that topic and actually get my support.
You know, I used to be a Republican. And your response was honest. Here is a little feedback. Less government is not the problem, but if you really want less government then start by slashing budgets for our military. Stop funding roads and cut the number of police in half. End the war on drugs. As you can see less government is a very myopic agenda. Unless you support any of what I just suggested. It isn't that we need less government, it is that we need a government that is under the control and direction of the people and not under the control and direction of special interests. I will refrain from funding you until you get a better clue. Come back to me if you can present a better argument for why you should receive my support.I sincerely hope he will take it to heart. Who knows, perhaps he will gain my support in the end, but quite frankly, I am perfectly content to watch a Democratic incumbent melt down the public trust just as he has been doing for 24 years now. Makes no difference to me quite frankly, since neither of our two major parties has any actual interest in actually improving government. So the rest of this blog will be dedicated to briefly exploring the current dysfunction in our political process.
... I mean what I say about coming to me if you have a better platform. Right now, however you are just echoing tired and outmoded RNC diatribes. I am only interested in leaders who are willing to change the status quo and knock the pendulum over rather than simply trying to get it swiging the other way.
And in case you are drawing a blank on how to do that, you may want to look to successful companies like Google, AliBaba, and Paypal, on how to meet customer needs and maintain good will. Government (in theory at least) is the one Corporation in which we are all voting shareholders. Right now it is wasteful and unaccountable to those shareholders. The typical shareholder (voter) has no visibility into what management is up to, and consequently our stock is dropping.
On the one side, we have the Republican party who sold it's soul in the late 1960's in order to win the Southern Democrat (Christian Conservative) vote. Where formerly the Republican party had occupied by Libertarian minded business people who valued a free market and limited government, that focus shifted to one where public services for working class folks were cut, and taxes were raised to feed into a burgeoning Military Industrial Complex. The Republicans had lost their way, and now rather than shrinking government they set about to actually expand government to a behemoth geared entirely toward crushing the rights of both the American Citizen (Patriot Act) and the people of the rest of the world. Pick any country filled with brown people and quite likely we have bombed or shot at them.
On the other side, we have the Democratic party, who sold it's soul in the late 1960's to win the support of big business, the military industrial complex, "workers" unions, environmental special interests, big pharmaceutical companies, AIG, and other sundry elements of the health insurance mafia and anyone else who would contribute to their burgeoning campaign coffers. In order to satisfy such a diverse set of supporters they had to make some hard decisions. So they decided to only support the people who give them lots of money, and simply lie to everyone else. In order to protect this lie, they established the machinery of censorship. To this day anyone who expresses any sort of dissatisfaction with the way the Democrats do business is simply silenced by whatever means are necessary.
In public Republicans and Democrats are at each other's throats, but in reality this is more like professional "wrestling". The arguments are merely there to serve as a slight of hand while each party conspires with the other to shut out any real competition, while simultaneously ensuring golden parachutes for the people who play this game at the expense of the American people.
To put it succinctly, the current political process dominated by two corrupt parties, and ignored by an increasingly ignorant public has become cancerous. We do not expect cancer to cure itself nor should we expect the players in the current process to cure themselves. The best we can hope for as a people is to become less ignorant, in spite of all of the barriers that our government and the PR industry put in place to keep us in the dark, and to be hyper critical of each and every person who would set themselves up as our representative.