Congratulations to Tyler Cook on His Re-Election

The Portly Politico does his part to keep the tattered old flag from falling to the ground.  Bravo!

It’s inspirational to see someone on our side do more than just complain.  Every concrete thing we do is one step away from the cliff.  If you’ve got a moment go over to his site and leave a congrats as a comment.

2021 Election Day Eve Thoughts

So, tomorrow I head off to vote.  We’ve got a bunch of local elections, everything from dog-catcher to Selectmen to School Board positions on ballot and I know why I’m voting for each of my choices.  And in my town, most or all of my candidates will win.  I live in a relatively rare place, a conservative New England town.  So, there is sense and satisfaction in getting out to vote in these local elections.

This will be the anniversary of the 2020 Election Day.  Well, sort of.  The whole Tuesday after the first Monday in November thing means the actual date varies but close enough.  Looking back on that night and how I watched an election stolen in real time reminds me why I no longer consider this a legitimate republic.  A cabal of public and private organizations perpetrated open election fraud in a number of key states.  The fact that a number of red states allowed this to happen proves to me that we live in a banana republic.

A banana republic is a country run by a dictatorship of either a single strongman or an oligarchic clique that carries on the pretense of things like elections but controls the outcome of these elections in an openly farcical manner.  I think that about covers our case.  Think of the spectacle of the Philadelphia vote counting operation sending the poll watchers home, covering the windows with card board and then bringing in truck loads of phony ballots to be counted behind locked doors.  Even a moron would know what was going on but we are supposed to shrug our shoulders and pretend we didn’t see anything out of the ordinary.

So, tomorrow Virginia will vote for governor.  The latest polls say the republican is ahead by between two and eight percentage points.  That would lead you to believe that he probably will win.  But based on what we’ve seen I wouldn’t be surprised at all if after some number of days after election day the Democrat candidate will emerge victorious by some ridiculously small number of votes.  The fact that it will take a week or so to engineer this result shouldn’t disturb us or lead us to believe that fraud has been practiced.  No, far from it.  It’s just the new normal.

And if by some miracle, the republican wins we know that this is a temporary setback.  After all Dementia Joe’s minions are hard at work transporting hundreds of thousands of illegal aliens to red states all over the United States.  Whatever deficit in the voting rolls might exist today will be made up for with “new Americans.”

So right now, for me, all politics is local.  Because that is the only politics that isn’t rigged.  Maybe some effort will be made to clean up the fraud.  It’s possible.  Places like Arizona, Wisconsin and Georgia are trying to figure out how to clean up this mess.  But right now, there is no guarantee that they’ll be able to accomplish what they need to.  What would be a good sign is if we get beyond the current audit stage and get to the point where individuals are indicted for voter fraud and convicted.  That would make it less likely that things like what happened in Pennsylvania and Georgia would continue.  But until then I have to assume that for anything beyond my town’s boundaries, I’m just watching a charade that keeps us in the same club as Saddam Hussein’s Iraq and Kim Jong-un’s North Korea.  Good luck Virginia.  You’ll need it.

My Intro to Local Politics

So, I finally went to a meeting of the Republican Party in my town.  Being that the local election is in two weeks it was a pretty long meeting, two hours.  But it was fairly interesting to see what it consists of.  Except for asking a question of a guest speaker who’s running for higher state office I kept my mouth shut and listened.  My town is unusual in New England in that the Republicans are the dominant party.  So, it was interesting to see what they saw as the correct strategy to take concerning attacks in the local press on their policies.  It was actually heartening to hear them speak rationally about things like mask mandates and vaccination requirements.  Being embedded in a blue state means that certain things like school health requirements are off the table but it was extremely encouraging that we were sitting closely together in a conference room without any mask nonsense at all.  People even shook hands without naked fear showing on their faces.

There were a number of jokes about the crazier woke complaints that some townspeople had levelled against the town government.  One of my favorites is the calls for all Republicans to resign to atone for the January 6th “insurrection.”  The selectmen were debating whether they should address this complaint by assuring the town that they were indeed in New England on January 6th and doing their jobs.  Inwardly I was thinking that the way to answer something like this would be with snarky humor but I kept quiet.  No need to get myself labeled as an unserious person, yet.

I was interested to hear that the state government is policing speech at the municipal level.  They have outlawed the use of the word “character” when the town describes itself in writing.  They were told that was a dog whistle for “white.”  Amusingly the town folks were looking for synonyms for the word character to allow them to work around this silliness.  I found this approach to short circuiting the typical New England virtue signaling exemplary.  Follow the letter of the law and defy the spirit of it.

There were many mundane items having to do with budget and personnel and I could tell there were a lot of things being discussed that had a lot of history and back story that I wasn’t privy to.  But it was interesting to see how the various personalities and positions asserted themselves in the discussions.  And even though some of the subject matter was dry I found myself interested in the positions that the various individuals took.  The elected officials were extremely anxious that everything possible be done in the short time remaining to shore up their campaigns against Democrat and media attacks.  The committee members wanted to make sure that there wasn’t too much spinning around on things that had already been arranged like print and electronic media press releases.  Obviously, everyone was looking at things from his own point of reference.  But understandable considering what their jobs were.

As I drove away last night, I found myself thinking, “I wonder what will be at the top of the agenda at the next meeting.”  I left my e-mail address and phone number on their attendance sheet and I’m sure they’ll contact me to contribute money to their coffers.  But so far, I didn’t see anything that told me I shouldn’t find out more about this group.  They seemed like intelligent, normal people.  And there was not even a hint of human sacrifice being part of their initiation ceremony.  Of course, they didn’t declare me dictator for life yet but so far so good.

Not All Politics is Local but Local Politics Has Become Crucial

Thomas P. “TIP” O’Neill was the Democrat Speaker of the House during Ronald Reagan’s administration and he was an old time Boston Irish machine politician.  He made the famous but not very meaningful statement that, “All politics is local.”  What I think he meant was, “To a politician who wants to be re-elected all political issues better be considered from the local point of view.”

Well, I’m not going to give a lecture on elective politics.  What I wanted to write about is the way I’ve been thinking about local issues.  I think too many people despair of the local political scene without even doing the minimum of due diligence about the actual nature of the political setup.  And when I say local, I’m talking about your town or county.  I live in New England, the land of the woke.  But my town votes Republican.  That alone should tell me that there is some hope of getting involved in something meaningful.  The town government is heavily involved in education, taxes, services and many other things that have a direct effect on people’s lives.  But let’s say your town is hopelessly left leaning.  It’s still in your interest to find out who runs what and how they effect your life.  For instance, suppose you find out that there’s a seat open on the school board.  If you or one of your friends managed to get on the board just that change might be enough to minimize the damage that comes from all of the CRT nonsense that’s going on.  The information you learn might be enough to rally like-minded parents, even socially liberal parents who still would resent their children being propagandized.  Something like that is already occurring in blue-state Virginia.  Often people are a lot less likely to experiment with their kids lives than they are with other people’s lives.

And getting involved with town politics and policies may impact other things going on around you.  Many small towns are voluntarily building and zoning low-income housing.  Knowing that this is going on isn’t something automatic.  And likewise letting your neighbors know about something like that can have a huge impact on stopping it.  After all, the effect something like that has on housing value is very real.  After it’s too late isn’t the time to find out that you’ve lost half the value in your home.

Other important town business is also worth knowing about.  Things like who is being considered as police chief or whether the town is thinking of spending a lot of money on a library or an art center.  These things have a big impact on taxes and town budget constraints.

So, there are several reasons why getting involved in local politics is smart and also effective in making your local community better.  But even if you find out that you are completely outnumbered by raging woke leftists, at least the effort will provide you with that fact and the assurance that here is no hope for a normal life should spur you to get the hell out of the hellhole you inhabit and move to a place where you won’t be surrounded by pod people.  After all contact with pod people for extended periods will turn you into a zombie too.  At least that’s what I learned from watching several versions of “Invasion of the Body Snatchers.”