Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Winning is Everything

Further proof that all the Republicans care about is winning elections and the power that comes with it.

Green Party candidate Carl Romanelli, making his first bid for statewide
elective office, acknowledged Monday that Republican contributors probably
supplied most of the $100,000 that he said he spent gathering signatures to
qualify for the Nov. 7 ballot.

It's interesting that someone like beacon of the religious right Rick Santorum can not win on his record but has to try to win by funding another political party that will hopefully siphon off enough votes from the Democrats. This is not what politics should be about, but thank you Republicans for dragging us even lower into your cesspool. What's really funny is that Santorum is supposed to represent morality. Guess that doesn't include selling your soul to do whatever it takes to hang onto power.

My point is this. The goal of government is not to hang onto power. The point is to represent your constituents, which is why we have a representative government. By making politics a winner takes all game where every rule is stretched and sometimes broken means the power is more important than the people, which surely our Founding Fathers did not intend. Our government was not devised according to Machievelli.

Is it any wonder our country is f$cked with a$$holes like this running it?

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Blogger melanaise said...

ugh. freaking politics. I give up.

8/02/2006 05:14:00 AM  
Anonymous Joe said...

Ever hear of Ross Perot and the 'Independence Party'? or Mike Long of the NY 'Conservative Party'? The 'Right To Life Party'?

This game of setting up pseudo candidates to split the opposition has long been played by both parties and has for decades.

Sure, Santorum's a scumbag as well. I challenge you to reexamine your assumption that one of the two parties is better than the other. The American two party system is like the old
'Pepsi Challenge' from the 70s when Pepsi would sent people out to see if they coud distinguish Pepsi from Coke in a taste test ('oooh! This one's MUCH better!). The suckers would always insist one was better the better cola because they had bought in to the suggestion that there reallywere TWo sodas there. In fact, the Pepsi challenge, like the American 2 party system, was a sham - only Pepsi was ever poured, so the tasters woudl ALWAYS select pepsi.

8/02/2006 11:52:00 AM  
Blogger Tom G said...

I'm not advocating against additional parties - in fact, I wish we had more choices. It's amazing that we have more choices of laundry detergent than political parties. Again, I have no problem with 3rd parties. But if the 3rd party is being funded by one of the 2 political parties to confuse people, then that's wrong. Not illegal, mind you. But wrong. It means you can't win without stretching the rules. And politics shouldn't be about winning at all costs. Unfortunately, the Republicans in the last 6+ years have taken this to a new level. And it worries me because it's only a matter of time until the Democrats respond and possibly stretch it even further. Someone needs to speak out against the Republican tactics of the last 6+ years or we're doomed to drift into even worse ground. Remember the outcry when Clinton first rewarded donors with a stay in the Lincoln bedroom. Bush followed and upped the ante in rewarding his contributors without any outrage because it was now acceptable. Imagine the day when we are bombarded with 13 political parties with 11 secretly funded by the Democrats or Republicans for specific interests to siphon off votes from their opposition. So I understand Democrats aren't necessarily better but right now Republicans are playing at a dirtier level so they get most of the attention. I do point out when Democrats such as Lieberman sink to a disgraceful level in their pursuit of power.

8/02/2006 02:27:00 PM  
Blogger melanaise said...

the only party I would trust is the tom and mike party.

other than that it would be republicans and democrats in disguise.

8/03/2006 04:01:00 PM  

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