The Washington Post has performed some real journalism in getting the contract for Hillary Clinton’s $275,000 one hour speech to the University of Buffalo. To answer the question how a public university could afford to pay such a huge fee, I offered the following:
Going to a Republican political event involves being propagandized from a secular breviary. That is, after the obligatory prayer to the Father or the Lord from whom all blessings flow. The person responsible for everything in the party of personal responsibility is the deity.
The ritual is predictable and the message is always the same. Public officials pronounce the importance of providing “protection” and keeping everyone safe. Our Congress critter, Buddy Carter’s, proud declaration that he and his colleagues had passed yet another bill to cancel Obamacare strikes none of the audience as inconsistent. I’m beginning to suspect that’s because, like the ritual of the Latin Mass, nobody actually considers what’s being pronounced. The tone of pride is what elicits applause. I can see why Michelle Obama caused such a fuss when she said she was proud. Pride is a Republican virtue. It’s all some of them have got.
Buddy also waxed enthusiastic when talking about drilling for oil in the Atlantic so the Arabs can’t hold us hostage again. The sequester, in retrospect, was a bad idea because the military has been cut too much. Gotta keep those protectors supplied, don’t you know?
There’s a good reason Goldman Sachs considers Senator Bernard Sanders “dangerous.” He knows how money works and how to move it around.
The President writes on behalf the Democratic National Committee, a nest of partisan professionals whose interest in the people governing is virtually nil.
In a democracy, where the people govern, we delegate the various public functions to agents of government (hat tip to Justice Kennedy for alerting me to the designation), to public servants, whom we hire for pay and fire for cause. Ideally.
I don’t usually check the bonafides of commenters on Dailykos because I don’t think WHO writes something should affect the merits of WHAT was writ. But, yesterday, in response to a rather off-the-cuff comment about the attitudes of political professionals towards the grass roots, at least three individuals, claiming to be “professionals” rousted themselves to object — at some length. But, while I was inclined to credit their perspective and perhaps even give it another airing, I did a quick check and discovered that these individuals, who were commenting on a Congresswoman from New Hampshire and Russ Feingold in Wisconsin, are nobodies from California, Missouri and, maybe, Minnesota. WTF?
Does an occasional comment on Dailykos now fill some slot on a resume for wanna-be “professional” campaign workers? As a courtesy, I try to acknowledge comments — not too difficult, since responses to me are usually few. My only problem is that 48 people approved of the disdainful attitude expressed towards the “grass roots” and, by extension, the voters.
It’s a year-round avocation. There is no season. Politicians and elected officials have to be watched all the time. And during presidential election campaigns the candidates have to hit all the states. That’s the message our friend Louie Ludwig delivers from New Orleans where Bernie Sanders addressed an enthusiastic crowd of 5000 last night.
Sanders referenced Howard Dean’s fifty state strategy and Ludwig applauds it. But, I think he’s mistaken in thinking the Democrats have abandoned it. Yes, the national party has given it up, but those folks, little power mavens themselves, were never enthusiastic about the grass roots’ new sprouts. The locals kept the faith and are congregating in Obama’s Organizing for America. And then there are the peripherally inspired Tea Party folk. Though they’ve been somewhat co-opted by the Koch Brothers, it’s my sense that the public participation is what they are still after.
The House is unruly because the new comers refuse to be herded. But, they harken back to “no taxation without representation.” The Republican poobahs give them “no taxation,” while withholding representation. That’s what’s frosting some of the 220 novice members of the House. As they stand for re-election there’s an opportunity for re-direction. All we have to do is convince them that “tax cuts” are a euphemism for people’s incomes being cut, or low-cal is shorthand for no nutrition. How hard is that?
It’s not just Republicans that have turned Capitol Hill into an enclave of extortion and domestic terrorism. Bernie Sanders is going around the country telling the electorate that they need to turn the Congress inside out, but, at least as far as I can tell, he’s not been explicit so far in refuting the widely accepted notion that Congress has been hijacked by the private sector. Sanders lays blame on big banks and commercial corporations without acknowledging that it’s actually Congress that’s effectively got the corporate sector by the balls.
Josiah T Walls, the first Congressman elected from Florida (the fellow in the middle of the picture), was elected three times, but only seated twice. His base in Alachua county was the currently designated Pleasant Street District in the City of Gainesville.