I have been saying for a long time that the American voter use to pick its politicians but thanx to gerymandering it is that politicians get to pick their voters……
This one situation is killing the American democratic experiment that we have fought for for over 200 years…..and it is getting worse and more out of hand…..
There’s a simple way to end gerrymandering. Too bad Congress made it illegal. – Vox.
Here we go! The 2016 election is about to become an all consuming issue.
We always here about the courage of the American voter and there trends here and there…..but to my thinking it is all so much crap to sell a paper.
Most all Americans are a one issue voter. I have written on this subject before….just about every election hoping someone will see the illogical voting habits of Americans.
When it comes to informed voting habits most Americans are morons.
Let me explain. If the voter is an abortion rights support then that is all they care about….or if they worry about the economy then they ignore the voting problems….or if they are concerned about religious stuff then they could care less about the economy……on and on and on…….most will pretend, even lie, about their concerns, especially to pollsters….hence I call them a One trick Pony Voter.
Sadly the candidates, which are less informed than some of the voters, lead the charge to the one issue. Let’s be honest our elections are nothing more than a side show, especially the primaries which do NOTHING to further democracy and information. The sideshow is an illusion that there is a struggle between the two parties……when in essence these parties are nothing more than two sides of the same coin….there is little difference.
The campaigns are nothing more than a PR ploy that fortifies the one issue that is important to the voter…..and their efforts give the viewer a distorted view of the result of voting for this candidate or that…..a fantasy that is readily consumed by an uninformed and uneducated voter.
Then there is the media which was an institution for information but since it became part of an entertainment complex the news has taken a backseat to entertainment. The media is used to do way with independent thinking……with that done the voter will focus on a single issue, usually some ego-centric issue. The love of country is gone…..working to move the country forward is gone……..
I apologize for the number of press articles….I am re-doing my War Room, as my daughter has called the den, and it is more daunting than I had anticipated…..I promise to be back soon with more original stuff……please bear with me……
After the landslide win the GOP had in 2010 they set about trying to re-write the act of voting….and for the most part have been very successful…….they hid the attack on voting rights under the guise of Voter IDs and went in through the back door once they got that approval from an uneducated electorate…….
And then SCOTUS help the GOP with iots gutting of the Voting Rights Act of 2 years ago……
Noe the Dems have found a backbone and is trying to overturn what the Court has done……
But will they be successful? thoughts?
Congressional Democrats Introduce an Ambitious New Bill to Restore the Voting Rights Act | The Nation.
Can you feel the panic setting in?
About now older white right wingers are having their anus slamming shut……this is NOT something they would like to think about…..but they can stick their heads in the sand or they can prepare for the inevitable…….
Whatcha think will be their path?
Whites Projected to Become a US Minority | Al Jazeera America.
As the 2016 election approaches we have hour to hour polls…..the media needs them so they can talk like they have some sort of crystal ball……these polls are useless!
But let’s say that polls could be used to predict the next president……I think if they were we would have a surprise come next November…..
If voting took place today, and if he could make the journey from the Death Star, Darth Vader might just be named the next president of the United States. He’d have a better chance than any of the real-life candidates at least, according to an amusing new poll from the Washington Post. The Terminator and the shark from Jaws also sit higher in net favorability rankings—based on positive ratings minus the negative ones from recent traditional polls (for the real candidates) as well as 1,000 Google users who answered questions over the weekend (for the fictional ones)—than any of the actual candidates. Bernie Sanders is the only one of the candidates to have a favorable score, though 62% of poll respondents didn’t give an opinion on the senator because they didn’t know much about him.
Sanders is followed by Marco Rubio, Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Martin O’Malley, Rand Paul, and Scott Walker. Walker fared only slightly better than Voldemort, the noseless villain from Harry Potter, who in turn outranks Mike Huckabee, Ted Cruz, Jeb Bush, Rick Santorum, Chris Christie, and Donald Trump, in that order. Trump, who 71% viewed unfavorably, scored a negative 56, far worse than Christie’s negative 26. A CNN poll last week found potential voters have the most unfavorable impression of Clinton since 2001, with many doubting whether she is honest and trustworthy. The same poll found Rubio and Bush lead a tight pack, including Huckabee, Walker, Cruz, Paul, and Ben Carson, on the Republican side.
Vader for president! Oh God….is Cheney running?
Bernie is the only candidate that has a positive poll number (go figure)…..maybe that should be the story for the media……but unfortunately it will not.
Polls are as worthless as tits on a boar….their only purpose is to give the lazy pundits something to talk about without having to do the leg work…….it is easier than thinking.
2015 and the election of a lifetime is here…….a year is nothing in political time…….
Who ya gonna vote for next November?
Most Americans will vote for the candidate that is most closest to the voters one issue that they are passionate about…….instead of learning about the candidate on ALL levels the voter will pick ONE issue and vote for the person that holds that issue to heart.
The best thing to do is learn everything you can about the candidates……or don’t bitch when your candidate gets his/her ass kicked in the polls.
If you need a reference on picking a candidate to support then maybe this will help……
How To Judge a Political Candidate by Justin Raimondo — Antiwar.com.
2016 and yes Gertrude we have another election and it has turned into my unofficial day of elections……why not talk about the election process.
We hear all the time about this group or that bitching about the elections in some form or another…..either it is rigged for minorities or the guys are buying their wins……but all of this is just fodder for the media.
Elections may be in worse shape than even you can imagine…….
We have a group that is suppose to oversee the elections to be sure that they are fair and free……the Federal Election Commission. This commission oversees the elections to be sure that NO federal laws are broken…..many to include me think that they are not doing a good job……we can place a lot of blame on Citizen United ruling…………what is most humorous is that the head of the FEC does not think so either……..
Sure, people moan about political kingmaking, the soaring cost of campaigns, and the money bombs both sidesare dropping, but when the person doing the moaning is the chairwoman of the federal body set up to regulate money in politics, one tends to take notice. “The likelihood of the laws being enforced is slim,” Federal Election Commission Chair Ann Ravel tells the New York Times, speaking of the 2016 election. “I never want to give up, but I’m not under any illusions. People think the FEC is dysfunctional. It’s worse than dysfunctional.” The body is made up of three Democrats and three Republicans, notes the Times, describing the state of affairs thusly: “Some commissioners are barely on speaking terms, cross-aisle negotiations are infrequent, and with no consensus on which rules to enforce, the caseload against violators has plummeted.”
“It’s the Wild West out there in some ways,” says one campaign finance lawyer. Part of the issue: Presidential aspirants (looking at you, Martin O’Malley and Jeb Bush) are legitimately raising millions outside the FEC’s purview by simple virtue of not having declared their candidacies. It’s worth noting, however, that Ravel’s complaint appears to be a Democratic one: Republicans see little issue with how the FEC is functioning, notes the Times, with one commissioner saying, “Congress set this place up to gridlock. The democracy isn’t collapsing around us.” Adds another: “We’re not interested in going after people unless the law is fairly clear, and we’re not willing to take the law beyond where it’s written,” while Democrats tend to see the law “more broadly.”
Sadly…..we may never see a fair and free election ever again…..that is until the voter wakes up from their comatose condition and truly want a free and fair election……and thanx to the media that will not happen in my lifetime.