Wednesday, August 03, 2016

Republican or Democrat?

If that's the question you're asking yourself, then I think that you're asking the wrong question.  There's something going on this election that some folks are starting to notice, and it doesn't bode well for the political parties.

I t hink that this year, the question boils down to Establishment, or Not Establishment.  The Democrats have answered that question by nominating Hillary Clinton, one of the most powerful establishment candidates I've ever seen.  It's interesting to note that the Not Establishment Bernie Sanders made a good showing, and if the Establishment hadn't closed ranks behind Clinton, Bernie might have been the nominee.

On the Republican side of the aisle, that party nominated a Not Establishment candidate, Donald Trump.  Establishment Republicans failed to properly assess the mood of the electorate, and our absolute disgust at the way the establishment Republicans continued to play game with their promises and our tax money.

This article in the Weekly Standard talks about it.

This article over at Hot Air talks about it.

As Not Establishment voters were rallying around Trump earlier in the race, one of the standard bearers of the Establishment, Paul Ryan, our own Speaker of the House, said that he "wasn't there yet" when asked about endorsing Trump.

Today, Ryan is in a primary race with a Not Establishment opponent, and when someone asked Donald Trump if he would endorse Ryan, he said that "he's not there yet."  Heh!  Payback is a sonofabitch, and both Priebus and Ryan should know now that the rules have changed.  The electorate is fed up with establishment, career politicians and they're making their disgust apparent, one vote at a time.

We elect people to do a job and if they don't do the job we want them to do, we're free to elect someone else.  The establishment forgets that at their peril.  I'd personally rather end their careers at the voting booth than with sisal rope and a lamppost, but both options are still on the table.


Robert Fowler said...

I've never voted a straight ticket since I've been voting. It's way past time that all of these career politicians get the boot. The Founders envisioned a congress where you went and served a couple of terms and then went back to your real life and job. The Tar Feathers and rope option is starting to look better all the time.

The money really needs to be taken out of politics. Someone like me can't run for office. I can't afford it.

Melissa Dezendorf said...

I'm in full agreement with all of this. I suspected the 2 party system was rigged for years. This election cycle confirms it. Every time I vote, I vote against the incumbent.

Old NFO said...

Yep, payback... And he did't endorse McCain either!!!

Anonymous said...

Vote using only paper ballot.