Thinking about Brexit . . .

FYI – if you don’t already know, Brexit is a coined term, and is a contraction of the two words “British Exit” used in reference to the exit of the United Kingdom from the European Union.

There is something very humorous, and somewhat tragic, about the current state of affairs in the UK. While the British are triggering their own move to independence from the EU, they are simultaneously blocking Scotland from holding a referendum on becoming sovereign themselves. The humorous part is that they are using a previous referendum’s results to justify their block.

The tragic part is – Britain seems to be incapable of admitting that they themselves have nullified the result of the previous referendum.

How?

It’s easy – the previous referendum was about whether or not Scotland should become an independent nation. At the time, remaining in the UK ALSO meant remaining in the EU. By triggering Brexit, Britain has changed the conditions the vote was held under, shortly after it was held.

Now that Britain is leaving the EU, Scotland has a right to again ask it’s citizens whether they want to be British or remain in the EU, because NOW they are two very different questions.

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Dems and Reps no longer the majority

The following is excerpted from the article I link to at the end, which was posted on Yahoo News. – V

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Record numbers of American voters are rejecting both major political parties – Democrat and Republican. Instead, according to new poll findings, they’re registering to vote as Independents in increasing numbers.

Call it a political plague on both your houses, to mangle Shakespeare. But record numbers of American voters are rejecting both major political parties – Democrat and Republican. Instead, according to new poll findings, they’re registering to vote as Independents in increasing numbers.

Specifically, according to new Gallup findings, the number of self-declared Independents has climbed to a record 43 percent, the highest number since the pollster began tallying such figures  back in 1988 – leaving Democrats and Republicans trailing far behind at 30 percent and 26 percent respectively.

 

http://news.yahoo.com/party-over-record-voters-independents-reject-d-r-172616343.html

Post-election Liberal Exodus . . .

A very good friend of mine sent this bit of “news” satire to me in an email, and I couldn’t stop laughing.  I hope you enjoy it as well. – V
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The flood of American liberals sneaking across the border into Canada has intensified in the past week, sparking calls for increased patrols to stop the illegal immigration.  The Republicans winning the Senate is prompting an exodus among left-leaning citizens who fear they’ll soon be required to hunt, pray, and live according to the Constitution.
 
Canadian border farmers say it’s not uncommon to see dozens of sociology professors, global warming activists, and “green” energy proponents crossing their fields at night.
 
“I went out to milk the cows the other day, and there was a Hollywood producer huddled in the barn,” said Southern Manitoba farmer Red Greenfield, whose acreage borders North Dakota .  “The producer was cold, exhausted and hungry.  He asked me if I could spare a latte and some free-range chicken. When I said I didn’t have any, he left before I even got a chance to show him my screenplay, eh?”
 
In an effort to stop the illegal aliens, Greenfield erected higher fences, but the liberals scaled them.  He then installed loudspeakers that blared Rush Limbaugh across the fields, but they just keep coming.
Officials are particularly concerned about smugglers who meet liberals near the Canadian border, pack them into electric cars  and drive them across the border where they are simply left to fend for themselves after the battery dies.
 
“A lot of these people are not prepared for our rugged conditions,” an Ontario border patrolman said.  “I found one carload without a single bottle of Perrier drinking water.  They did have a nice little Napa Valley cabernet, though, and some kale chips.”
 
When liberals are caught, they’re sent back across the border, often wailing loudly that they fear retribution from conservatives.  Rumors have been circulating about plans being made to build re-education camps where liberals will be forced to drink domestic beer and study the Constitution.
 
In recent days, liberals have turned to ingenious ways of crossing the border.  Some have been disguised as senior citizens taking a bus trip to buy cheap Canadian prescription drugs.  After catching a half- dozen young vegans in blue-hair wig disguises, Canadian immigration authorities began stopping buses and quizzing the supposed senior citizens about Perry Como and Rosemary Clooney to prove that they were alive in the ’50s. “If they can’t identify the accordion player on The Lawrence Welk Show, we become very suspicious about their age,” an official said.
 
Canadian citizens have complained that the illegal immigrants are creating an organic-broccoli shortage, buying up all the Barbara Streisand c.d.’s, and renting all the Michael Moore movies.  “I really feel sorry for American liberals, but the Canadian economy just can’t support them,” an Ottawa resident said.  “How many art-history majors does one country need?”
 
Trying to reassure his liberal base and get them to return to the U.S., President Obama reiterated what he said in his press conference following the beating the democrats took in the last election: “I heard from the 1/3 of the electorate that voted, but I also heard from the 2/3 that did not vote.”  Who knew the president was clairvoyant?
 
He also said the reason the democrats got their asses whipped wasn’t because of HIS policies, but rather because the dems did not get his message out to the people.  Ya gotta love a guy who takes responsibility when something goes wrong.

Voter nullification needed . . .

“Voter turnout in last week’s midterm elections was terrible. How terrible? Just 36.3 percent of eligible voters cast votes — the worst turnout in 72 years, the New York Times reports. Only the 1942 election (33.9 percent) had a lower rate of voter turnout.” – This was in a report I read on Yahoo! News early this morning.  Unfortunately, anyone who reads online news is likely going to confirm that the articles are poorly written even when they get the facts right.  I could not figure out, in this case, who to attribute the quote to.

But if it is telling the truth, we need to do something about it.  When people go to the voting booth, they pick whichever candidate they feel will do the best job.  Presumably, the major reasons for not going to the booth when you legally can would be that you either don’t think your vote matters, or you think there is no good choice.  Instead of allowing our country to be run by people who barely get the majority of the votes of 36% of the voters (which in theory could be as little as 13% of the eligible voters, with 3 candidates on the ballot), making the choice not to vote should in itself be a form of voting.  Either all ballots and all contests should include a “None of the Above” box, or any contest that fails to attract at least 65% of the electorate should be considered invalid.

Leaving things as they are now really does leave those who consider themselves “the elite” of our country in charge, and we’ve all seen how that is working out.

Election aftermath . . .

Well, Election 2014 is over.  As most pundits and pollsters predicted, the GOP swept to huge victories in most contests.

So, I think it is time to start thinking about the “why” factor, and what this will mean going into the start of the 2016 campaigns (which, amazingly seem to have started Wednesday morning).

The first thing I think we need to do, as a nation, is insist that the press stop focusing on the next election before the primaries have started.  We need time to decompress.  Medical doctors tell us that stress is a component in nearly every preventable illness in the USA, and keeping us so focused on campaigns and front-runners and what-comes-next does not decrease that stress.  Just look at the before-and-after pics of the major candidates of the last 4 presidential elections.  Forget the stress of being president – the campaign will kill you.  And non-stop campaigns run by the press are killing all of us.

The second thing to look at is issues.  Yes, the GOP came out way ahead, but why?  I think it was because of two issues that POTUS Obama just wouldn’t let go of, despite the fact that every time he opened his mouth about either of them, he lost a percentage point in the opinion polls.  Those two issues?  Gun Control and Amnesty.  The fact that every candidate who won was running against the president on those two issues indicates that if Obama tries to move forward with plans to use Executive Orders to bypass congress on either issue during the lame-duck session, he’s going to totally sink the Democratic Party in the 2016 election.  Jesus Christ himself couldn’t get elected as a Democrat in 2016 if Obama does what he’s said he will do.  There won’t be anything left for Democrats to rally around, and the GOP will be fighting mad.

Well, those are my initial thoughts.  I still think the best thing we could do for the future of the country would be to amend the voting laws so that any election that does not see at least a 65% participation of the eligible voters is invalid.  There is one reason for this.  Over the last 50 years, the elected representatives have been getting elected by smaller and smaller shares of the electorate, and most of the campaigns are focused on what is wrong with the other guy.  Let’s make not voting actually mean something – that you refuse to support a bad choice, or a candidate who won’t tell you where s/he stands on critical issues.  Let’s force the parties to step up their game, and put higher quality candidates on the ballot, and then use the ballots to hold the candidates accountable for their voting records.  Let’s put “We The People” back in control of the government.

Let me close with a quote:

“A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself.

“For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist.

“A murderer is less to fear. The traitor is the plague.” — Cicero 106-46 B.C.E.

My thoughts on voting . . .

The very first time I voted in an election, the Presidential candidates were incumbent Jimmy Carter against California’s Gov. Ronald Reagan.  This was only 5 weeks after I turned 18.  I have not missed a national election, not even a mid term election, since.

I don’t need to tell you how I voted then, because it does not matter.  Ronald Reagan won, and became the commander-in-chief of the military I was serving in at the time.  He made us proud to serve him and our country.  That is all that needs to be said.

However, in being a voter who tried to be conscientious and informed about the candidates and the issues from one election to the next, I have noticed an upsetting trend.  More and more often, I hear of large blocks of voters who are voting against candidates, or to put it another way, they are selecting the least of two evils.  I have, myself, felt that way about more than one election.  I’ve also heard lots of voters say that if you don’t vote for someone in one of the two major parties, you are wasting your vote or helping the other guy win.

You want to know what over 30 years of voting and observing national politics has taught me?  Even the least of 2 evils is still evil.  If you want my vote, give me someone worth supporting.

I’m sitting this one out.  There are no candidates on my ballot worth voting for, and I’m sick of voting against.  What I think we really need is a national referendum on a change to voting laws that would invalidate any election in which at least 65% of the eligible voters do not participate.  See how the Washington fat-cats deal with that one.