The politics of infants

Watching “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” last week and his hilarious take on the off-season political races occurring in a number of states; one thing struck me about the district races for the state Senate or Governor race of New Jersey where the incumbent was trying to describe his Republican opponent and a darling of the religious new radicals  as essentially corrupt.  Christy had gotten caught up in something, threw his weight around, and got off easy.  That was the campaign ad by the Dem incumbent.  So what happened?  Between Fox News and CNN, the so-called “news anchors” to include Wolf Blitzer actually started complaining about the incumbent calling Christy fat.  Uh, excuse me?  But “throwning one’s weight around,” isn’t name calling.  What it involves, should be easy enough for anyone to understand given that it is an expression as old as 20 or more years.  Using one’s authority in a manner that can be called questionable.  Over a matter where the “dude” isn’t man enough to accept responsibility.  That has nothing to do with whether Christy happened to be chubby or not.  But that was the silly twist and turn that the “news media” put on this episode.  Which then led to the incumbent going on to describe his own baldness…  Hardy har, har, har, har.  With eyes rolling, what should the voter do?  Suggest they go find a few write in candidates for this election day, 3 November 2009 and put them in office instead.  Or vote, “none of the above.”

In other news, saw this today in the Spokesman-Review of Spokane, Washington.  Cal Thomas was back at it suddenly remembering what the 10th Amendment was all about.  At least, now that the Dems are in power and the GOP are among the decided minority.  Suddenly, it is in vogue again to argue the limits of federal power and proclaiming that the founding fathers actually did not want a strong central government.  Which, point 1:  That is a misreading of history, since the first try of a newly independent Republic to severely limit the powers of gvt and to grant all authority to the states turned into a disaster.  Which led to a constitutional Congress to write up the form of gvt that would have certain powers granted to it with a compromise that some powers would be granted to the states and the people by way of the Bill of Rights.  Without that drafted and ultimately approved U.S. Constitution that exists mostly intact today; we would not have a fairly strong and generally stable union of 50 states.  Point 2:  only when you are in a minority status do you then argue the need for a gvt small enough to drown in the bathtub.  When you are in power however, the 10th Amendment suddenly becomes “a liberal point of view.”  You are then no longer interested in remembering the limits to federal power that applies to your political agenda too.  Certainly, over the last 8 years, Thomas wasn’t interested in remembering the limits to federal power when the GOP were generally in control.  Which argues the inconsistency to be found in this new left radicalism of which Thomas is a face.

I went out and voted today, living where I do in Dalton Gardens, Idaho; I would not be in a position to vote in the Coeur d’Alene City council races where it would seem that idiocy has prevailed there too.  They are called “Reagan Republicans.”  They sent around a flier that slams the entire incumbent City Council plus GOP Mayor Sandi Bloem.  Apparently, GOP radicalism has reached the point that if you aren’ 1,000% with the “Reagan Republicans” you aren’t “Republican enough.”  Question:  who was that wise fellow of decades before who told the stridently anti-Communists among the GOP what not to do when pushing this political agenda?  Precisely, to not become the enemy by literally following in his foot steps or to adopt his language, behavior or conduct.  The “Reagan Republicans” attacks on fellow Republicans take on a more Marxian style of language, behavior and conduct that would have their hero rolling in his grave.  If you aren’t 1,000% in our corner you aren’t (Bolshevik) enough?  That worked during and after the Russian revolution and literally cost thousands to possibly millions of lives.  To see shades of Bolshevism living on in so-called GOP ideology is down-right more frightening given where it is occurring now, in a land of freedom.  So excuse me if I don’t find this particularly “right wing.”  Tells you a great deal about those who refuse to learn from history.

From my perspective, it is probably a good thing that I don’t live in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho any longer.  I’d find the “Reagan Republicans” so obnoxious I’d simply have to vote all the incumbents back in; even those incumbents I’d personally find obnoxious.


5 Responses to “The politics of infants”

  1. Spokane Al Says:

    While, since the election is over and incumbent Corzine was soundly beaten, it is really a non issue, I must disagree with your conclusion about the New Jersey governor’s race concerning Corzine’s commercial and the comment about his opponent “throwing one’s weight around.”

    The context where words are used matters. Years ago on Monday Night Football Howard Cosell referred to a black running back as a “little monkey” and was castigated for his racial comment. And while one can debate whether or not it was a racial comment, Cosell came across as tone deaf.

    In this most recent example I watched the commercial where the “throwing one’s weight around” comment was used. As is often done, the video of the Corzine’s opponent clearly showed him from angles to ensure the viewer could see that he is an obese man. Then, with the comments on top of those video images, it was absolutely clear that the reference was to his weight.

    And of course, because the commercial did not precisely say the guy was fat, Corzine’s campaign claimed innocence. It was, in my mind, in bad taste. If you have not done so, I suggest you view the actual commercial instead of relying on the second hand reports of Jon Stewart.

    Take care.

  2. jeh15 Says:

    That was a gut busting LOL!, Spokane Al. I stand by my statement that “throwing one’s weight around” has absolutely nothing to do with one’s weight and everything to do with how one uses or abuses one’s power or authority.

    Christy as one very chubby fellow is without question. But he AND the news media made a bigger issue out of Christy’s chubbiness than the intent of Corzine’s ad. What Corzine suggested, was that Christy used his political authority to escape getting busted over a matter that if he had manned up, would have accepted responsibility for. Which is what Stewart actually discussed as opposed to the “news media.”

  3. Spokane Al Says:

    Each of us will believe as we choose and on this point we disagree. As I said earlier, Corzine lost and is gone from the picture, and that, I believe, is a very, very good thing for the citizens of New Jersey.

  4. jeh15 Says:

    Nothing wrong with disagreements. But I watched “The Daily Show” excerpts and do know what was said. Apparently, Corzine was one highly unpopular fellow. So be it. So, I continue to stand by my statement that from Fox News to CNN and right along with Christy engaging in an infantile stomping away that he was referred to as “fat,” may the citizens of NJ get the gvt that they deserve. LOL!

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