One Day More…

Watch ’em run amok
Catch ’em as they fall
Never know your luck
When there’s a free-for-all!

– The Thénardiers

tomorrow is the Iowa Caucus, the first time in this year’s election process where the voters can actually be heard. i rather like the caucus process over the primary process (though i’ve never participated in a caucus), because it seems that it holds more to traditional democratic ideals – not only do the individual citizens indicate whom they would like as their party’s candidate, they also are able to contribute to the party platform in the form of resolutions.

i must admit, however, that i have little hope for any actual change to result from the upcoming presidential election, whoever may win.

the Republican side looks like almost every Republican slate through history – middle aged (or older), wealthy white guys.

not that i have a problem with middle age wealthy white guys – i’d like to be one myself, one day.

but where are the African-American and women Republicans? you can’t tell me they aren’t capable of holding high office or that they aren’t Republicans – that’s easily refuted just by pointing at the current administration, however incompetent it may be.

and as for the Democrats, it’s just the same (but different). there’s no surprises on that side either – Hillary? big whoop. there have been women candidates from both the Republicans and Democrats before (the Republicans were even first – Margaret Chase Smith ran in 1964). Obama? well, there have been plenty of African-American candidates before too.

now, if either of them wins the nomination, that’d be something.

but it still doesn’t mean there will be any real change. politicians are, by the nature of the profession, parasites upon the body of the nation. hopefully they will be beneficial parasites (as the founding fathers appear to have intended), but in the past century or so self-interest has more often triumphed over statesmanship.

this, however, doesn’t mean i think there is no hope!

everyone who goes to a caucus meeting tomorrow in Iowa (or the polls here in South Carolina on January 19 or 26) is performing a positive act. only by voting can we, the citizenry, effect change. we’ve got to vote the bastards out, and keep voting them out, until we get statesmen (and women) back in our government.

so everybody vote this year. and when the politicians we vote into office screw up, vote in new ones next time.

someday, we’ll get it right.

quote of the day:

“The American Revolution was a beginning, not a consummation.” – Woodrow Wilson

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One Response to “One Day More…”

  1. Lowcountry Blogs » Blog Archive » Iowa Caucus Says:

    […] Blogger jj takes a refreshing look at politics: but it still doesn’t mean there will be any real change. politicians are, by the nature of the profession, parasites upon the body of the nation. hopefully they will be beneficial parasites (as the founding fathers appear to have intended), but in the past century or so self-interest has more often triumphed over statesmanship. […]

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