Falling Back An Hour Is Not Enough

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Wake Up Call

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The Barrier

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Quick Sketch 10/11/18

Wasn’t this the guy who used to complain that Obama wasn’t paying enough attention to natural disasters?

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The New Grrrl Order

Equal rights? Yes. Equal compensation? Of course. Equal justice? Absolutely. Equal intolerance? Not really a good strategy. I applaud women standing up for themselves. #MeToo was long overdue. But will the anger rally the righteous to victory, or recharge the reactionaries?

The urge to punish anyone who supports Trump and his henchmen in Congress is a double edged sword. As Bill Mahar pointed out last Friday night, women need to be heard, but they don’t necessarily need to be automatically believed. We are still a nation of laws, not men, and “not men” does include women, believe it or not.

Judging by the numbers in the 2016 election, a large number of white women didn’t get the memo that they were voting against their best interests. It brings home the reality that women are subject to the same human nature as we males. They won’t vote like they’re told any more than we will.

If the goal of this revolution is to disrupt the status quo, the best way to do it is through the ballot. Women already have the Democratic party behind them. What they need are the undecided independents. When they see Brett Kavenaugh as their husband, brother or son, they are not going to vote blue. When they see Republicans and their families being run out of restaurants and threatened with violence, they likely see anarchy, and anarchy doesn’t fit with most people’s idea of civil society.

Anarchy means tanks on your street, and you already have problems finding a parking space. Anarchy means shortages of everything, unless you have a well stocked bomb shelter. Anarchy means no TV or internet. Good God! You might as well be blind and deaf!

We haven’t gone there yet, and we aren’t even close to the kind of shit storm the nation endured in the sixties. If you were born after 1970, you’ll have to take my word for it, or maybe read some history. Americans weren’t too keen on “the revolution.”

It was the anarchy of burning cities and the riots in Chicago that elected Richard Nixon in 1968. It was the anarchy of student protesters burning their school at Kent State that even outweighed four of them being gunned down that reelected him in 1972.

Martin Luther King had a better idea, even if it was less satisfying in the moment. Put down the big stick and use reason against the unreasonable. Projecting hate will only encourage more hate, and reasonable people are afraid of hate and the violence that is sure to follow. Don’t become the thing you are trying to destroy.


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The Last Hurrah

Republicans love to complain about Governor Jerry, but he has a habit of confounding his own party at times. If they think he’s too liberal, just wait until the next generation of Democrats take over.

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Let Us Prey

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Pass The Hat

Our congressman shows up in Nevada County once in a blue moon, which means he ain’t coming here this year.

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Lost In The Jungle

I have voted in every election since 1974. I have voted for Democrats. I have voted for Republicans. I have voted for third parties and I have voted for candidates with no political affiliation. My current voting status is no party preference, since I cannot register as an independent. (The American Independent Party is a right wing party started by Alabama Governor George Wallace in 1968.)

I prefer to think of myself as a “Groucho Marxist”, which has more to do with Grouchoism that Marxism. Groucho said he would never join a club that would have him as a member. I feel the same way about political parties.

Having no such ties gives me a sense of independence. I am not bound to automatically favor anyone or any position. Sometimes I like conservative ideas. Sometimes I like liberal ideas.

But there are times when I don’t care for the extremes that both sides employ to achieve their goals. That’s when I will likely vote for a third party candidate as a protest. I know that candidate has absolutely no chance of winning, but at least I can vote for him or her without holding my nose.

Now that California has limited our choices to two on the November ballot, those options are no longer available. Even worse, sometimes we only get to choose from one party. The lesser of one evil, depending on your party’s prejudice.

Both partie’s leaders opposed the so-called “jungle primary” when it was on the ballot. It was sold as a remedy to extremism. If you had to choose between a moderate and a radical of the same party, it was believed that enough voters from the rejected party would naturally vote for the moderate candidate and there would be less gridlock in Sacramento and Washington. This year’s senate race seems to bear that out. The incumbent Dianne Feinstein failed to receive her own party’s endorsement over the insurgent Kevin DeLeon.

However, many Republican and third party voters have no interest in voting for Democrat or Democrat Lite. In the last same party senate race between Kamala Harris and Loretta Sanchez, almost two million voters left that category blank, and a PPIC poll taken in July of this year says 20% of likely voters, 47% of Republican voters and 24% of independent voters will opt to do the same come November 6.

If we are going to tinker with our voting system, I would rather go with an “instant run-off” option, where voters are allowed a second choice on the ballot. If your first choice doesn’t garner a winning majority, you can still state a preference for another candidate and eliminate the need for yet another costly election.

The current system discourages participation. Is it worth attempting to coerce voters into voting for candidates they don’t care for in the name of moderation? Shouldn’t the parties have to live with their ideologies, for better or for worse? Should we be able to vote our conscience rather than someone else’s party preference?

I’ll vote for freedom of choice any day.

(This opinion appeared in The Union on October 2, 2018.)

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