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Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Getting a little political

As long as I'm playing poker, and not losing as rapidly as normal, I'm probably not going to write a bunch about poker. At least not until next Wednesday.

Here's the deal - Y'all need to get your asses out and vote next week. It's really important that the Democrats take control of at least one house of Congress. Not because I'm a Democrat. I'm not. I'm a registered independent, and my political views fall much closer to the Republican side of things, at least what the Republican Party used to stand for. You remember, small government, states' rights, looking out for the little guy and being fiscally responsible?

But that doesn't matter. What matters right now is that there are no checks and balances in our system of creating laws. The whole point in having a Legislative Branch and an Executive Branch is for the two to sometimes disagree, because if everybody's just goes along singing "La, la, la, we're in power and everything is right with the world," you end up with fucked up situations like repealing motherfuckin' habeas corpus and attaching internet gambling bans to important security legislation at the 11th hour with no one to stop you.

It would be just as bad with a Democratic Congress and White House. Don't think for a minute that they aren't as fucked up as the Republicans are. Remember, this country voted for Republican leadership because they thought the Dems were too corrupt and that the Elephants would steer the country back from the far left. Well, they overcorrected, and now there's only one party running everything, and that's NOT GOOD.

It means that whatever the folks that the Elephants are listening to will get whatever they want, with no one to stand up and say "Oh HELLLLLL NO!" Bush certainly won't do it, since he has yet to veto more bills than he can count on one hand. Or one hand with only a thumb, but that's beside the point.

Get your ass out there and vote. Frankly, I wouldn't mind too much if everyone in the country voted against EVERY incumbent, regardless of party, in every election for the next six years. Then, at the end of six years, we'd have a WHOLE NEW CONGRESS. What a concept - throw the bums out!

This is a really important election. If the Democrats can take ONE house of Congress (and frankly I have no interest in them taking over both, I think the system would work better if each party controlled one house) then we can have back a little bit of the checks and balances that the smart people who designed our government a couple hundred years ago thought up in the first place.

I now retreat to apply my flameproof jammies...



James said...

Right on, brother!

Pokerwolf said...

All I'd have to do for me to write how I currently feel about politics is copy/paste this entry onto my own journal.

Well said, sir!

DadWarbucks said...

I agree my friend. I have a philosophy: "When in doubt, vote for the challenger."
As the famous saying goes: Power corrupts.... etc. Our politicians are, after all, some of us.
I'm a Republican for your stated reasons, however, freedom to choose, and spearation of church and state make me a liberal elephant.

Joaquin "The Rooster" Ochoa said...

Love it or leave it...President Bush is a good man and doing a good job protecting our oil and backing our troops with proper weapons and protection...Long Live The Republican Party...I have been known to Bluff once in a while.

Drizztdj said...

Power went to their heads, please bring back the checks and balances.