If I never hear "Lets send 'em a message in (chose one) #1. The State Capitol or #2 Washington" I can die happy. When you elect Democrats to the State Legislature, then cripple their taxing authority and mandate expensive policies through the: initiative process don't complain that the government is broken. If you elect cranks to congress and a doofus as president, don't complain that government doesn't work.
There is no "sending messages" in politics. You win, lose, build coalitions and develop enemies. Messages mean nothing. Put your people in office and implement your programs. Then wait for the consequences, good or bad. Sending messages is for losers who can present one issue that appeals to avarice or prejudice to politically unsophisticated or lazy people. Sending messages is meaningless. Electing people who hold your values and theory of government is the only way to effect your government.
The government is not "Them", "The Politicians" or even "The damn Bureaucrats". Here the government is us, or the ones of us who take the time to participate. If you take no part in the political process and then complain about the government you are like the guy who resents the fact that he has to buy a lottery ticket to have any chance of winning.
I have been hanging around with Republicans too much lately, making me cranky and ill tempered. It is a major election year, and I expect to hear a lot of this nonsense in the next eight months. Sigh.
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