Thursday, April 3, 2014
IT IS ELECTION YEAR
After three blogs devoted to Plainfield politics and the upcoming election it would have been nice to be able to forget such matters of state and concentrate instead on such topics as the ongoing catastrophes along the Pacific Ring of Fire., or the world tinderboxes in the Crimea or Near East.
It was however not to be. On Wednesday April 2, less than 48 hours after the deadline for filing for office; my phone rings and I am being asked if the Plainfield Democrat party can count on my vote.
Obviously the solicitor was not one of my readers.
Also today once again the Supreme Court in its wisdom by a 5:4 vote decided that the First Amendment intent allowed elections to be decided by whomever has the most money. No longer would the subterfuge of the Super PACs be required. Freedom of speech permits buying the election. So much for Democracy.
Perhaps Borowitz best summed it up:
WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—By a five-to-four decision, the United States Supreme Court today defended the right of the wealthiest Americans to own the United States government.
Writing for the majority, Chief Justice John Roberts summarized the rationale behind the Court’s decision: “In recent years, this Court has done its level best to remove any barriers preventing the wealthiest in our nation from owning our government outright. And while the few barriers that remained were flimsy at best, it was high time that they be shredded as well.”
Citing the United States Constitution, Justice Roberts wrote, “Our founding fathers created the most magnificent democracy in human history. Now, thanks to this decision, the dream of owning that democracy is a reality.”
Justice Antonin Scalia also weighed in, telling reporters at the Court, “After all the pro-gay decisions we’ve been making around here lately, it was nice to finally have a win for the good guys.”
We know that elections are decided by the hucksters that can best and most often get their messages of some facts, fallacies, imaginations distortions and character assassination repeatedly bombarding the public ears and eyes.
Up to primary time in all states in this mid-term election year the clamor will be intra-party oriented. After the slates are determined the focus will switch to the “good guys vs the bad guys”. Pick your poison.
Caller ID will be helpful but the only way to maintain sanity may be to turn off the phones and the TVs. One will have to be very selective on the computer and try to block the pop-ups.
I believe that one of the best ways to judge a candidate is to go and listen at public forums; especially if all contenders are participating. That is one way to separate the wheat from the chaff.