Asheville Mayor Terry Bellamy has missed three city council meetings in a row. One of the local news outlets observed Cecil Bothwell, a council member who is also running for Congress, has not missed any meetings. Anyway, the next meeting of city council will be cancelled due to the primary elections. Applying the observations of Will Rogers and Mark Twain, but witlessly, it might serve us well to have elections more frequently.Read full article » No Comments »
I stopped going to candidate debates some time ago. We all want to cut government without cutting benefits to the audience, and secretly without cutting benefits to the candidate. Then, we’ll get all bent out of shape over some sensationalized expenditure of a few dollars just to show we keep up with the mainstream media. Businessmen, like former Asheville City Councilman Bill Russell, who had experience in boring, tedious, and “technical” subjects like accounting, financial planning, and economics, just lack the popular appeal the smooth-talking sales sharks can muster.
Everybody wants the same thing, but they don’t feel an obligation to explain how they will do it. Usually, that has something to do with candidates promising to move pawns into their perfect places. To go with the flow and not look like a heel, we suspend reality and forget the pawns have ideas of their own and an ability to dream up infinite routes of resistance.
To enjoy a wild party, one must be stoned. To enjoy playing politics, one must be deluded with hopes of controlling other people. Politicians get high off duping the masses to elevate them to positions of power, while voters try to elevate dupes they can control to those positions.
We are told to study the issues, but the more I study them, the more out in left field I appear. WLOS is telling everybody to research Amendment I. It is only a paragraph, but one must “study” in order to anticipate how a win or loss will be interpreted, how that will feed into one or the other agenda, and at what point the game of humoring the other side becomes too dangerous. The average brain can surely pick that out of the hysterical hype.
Then, there is the general feeling that these voters, who are viewed as capable of tapping the end from the beginning in human nature, are hopelessly confused about redistricting lines. Those charged with pouring the mush under the skullcap are also troubled with the traumatic charge of educating voters.Read full article » No Comments »