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Four Thoughts For This Year … And Beyond

This year is a mid-term election year, when we are going to be electing members of the House of Representatives, a number of Senators, state legislators, and many governors. There’s a lot of chatter in the press and on liberal blogs about a “Blue wave” in this year. I sincerely hope that does happen, and I have some thoughts – and warnings – about it.

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Things Republicans Should Stop Telling Me

It’s been a hectic year for me personally and professionally, and as a result my blogging went down the tubes.  It wasn’t because I wasn’t following the news, or didn’t have an opinion, because I most certainly did.   As a result of that, I have a list of things I’d like Republicans and conservative groups to stop telling me.

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Destroying The Myth That Government is Business

There was a Republican candidate who touted his business success as a qualification for office.  During the campaign, a number of unflattering facts came out about his past, and his reaction was to attack the press for it.  He made quite a number of outrageous statements, rude suggestions, and frequently issued threats.    That he was actually the Republican Party’s candidate was a source of astonishment not only to Democrats, but a large number of establishment Republicans.   Am I talking about Donald Trump?  No, that was back in 2010, when the candidate for governor here in NY was Carl Paladino.   Donald Trump was him 6 years later, on the national stage, and it’s no surprise that Paladino was one of biggest supporters here in New York.

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Letting The Perfect Be The Enemy Of The Good

Back in my military days, we used to have a saying which drove the perfectionists nuts: “Close enough for government work.”  What that meant was that whatever the project we were working on was completed, and while it may not have been pretty, it was not worth spending the time and effort at the moment getting to perfection.  That doesn’t mean that there weren’t things that had to be exact, but for those things where exactitude wasn’t important, it wasn’t the best use of time getting there.  I’ve said here in the past it’s experiences like that, that made me a pragmatist.   In politics, it turns out to be much the same thing.  The idealists have a “perfect.”  Depending on what issue you’re talking about, they have an ideal solution for it, and they want it implemented.  The problem?  If they don’t get it, or it isn’t on the current agenda, they walk away.

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Civics 200: The Talk Of A Third Party Versus The Reality

Over the years, I’ve heard a lot of people complain about the two major political parties, and then start saying that there should be a third party, which would be more in line with their beliefs.  I’ve been hearing it a lot recently on the national side from both die-hard liberals and die-hard conservatives, both groups absolutely convinced that “their” party has gone badly astray.  In the case of the Republican Party in this year, they have a point.  What all of these complainers fail to recognize is that this country already has a number of third parties.  There are currently a number which are on the ballot in almost all states, and three of them are fairly large.

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