No. That’s Not How It Is Supposed To Work.

9 October 2018

“…But in my conscience, because that’s how I have to vote — end of the day, is with my conscience…” – Alleged GOP Senator Lisa Murkowski

And that pretty much defines the problem with Congress today. Folks were intended to be chosen based on their relationship to, and ability to represent, their constituency. Never were they intended to be the arbiters of conscience for the country.

You see, Ms. Murkowski: you weren’t elected to vote your conscience; you were elected to vote in the best interests of those you represent in your state of Alaska: men as well as women. All races. All creeds. Your conscience is to be subjugated to the will of your constituency; not the converse.

Part of the (albeit: altruistic) genius of what the founding fathers put in place was the appointment of senators by state legislatures. The state legislators, being elected of the people by the people and, therefor, expected to be reflective of the will of the people of the people, would appoint those to serve in the US Senate. There was no money-ridden popularity contest – that was reserved for the House; the House being intended to represent the will of more finite divisions within the state. Unfortunately, human nature (greed) intervened, and positions on the senate were often sold or otherwise obtained via means unbecoming of the process intent.

In 1912, the same year that gave us the Father of the Bureaucratic State and Grand Champion of Progressivism, Woodrow Wilson, the House, with an eye on those abuses in selecting senators (which abuses sound an awful lot like modern lobbying…) decided that having senators appointed by the state legislature was a bad idea, and the 17th Amendment to the Constitution was born, requiring senators to be elected by populist vote rather than by the state legislatures..

But nowhere in that amendment did it change a senator’s role from being representative of the people who elected them to being representative of their personal conscience and personal view of life and law.

Too many in Congress – in both the House and the Senate – believe their role is to “vote their conscience”.  And, unfortunately, for most: their conscience if formed by the ideology and objectives of their party; not by the best interests of their state or the country as a whole. Far, far too many vote their reelection chances rather than conscience, too – however, this is actually closer to voting the will of the people than is kowtowing to media opinion, and party ideology or other factions.

And it’s a damned shame. Though I never lived within them, I long for the days when those we elected did not become our “rulers”, but remained one of us, looking out for the good of the country as opposed to their personal gain and the good of their party. Much of the crap we see every day emanating from out capitol would not have occurred if those sitting in the seats were actually motivated by patriotism rather than by greed.

– Pateratic

 

Hey! AP! I Have A Question!

6 October 2018

“The near party-line vote was 50-48” – Associated Press “writers” Mary Clare Jalonick, Matthew Daly, Padmananda Rama, Ken Thomas and Catherine Lucey on the Kavanaugh confirmation vote

How come when the leftist crowd gets some RINO – like the late McCain, for instance – to “cross the aisle” on something, it is lauded as “bipartisan”, but when one of your own does the same and votes with the Republicans, it is a “near party-line vote”?

If you’re looking for a reason, THIS is why you have no credibility. Your bias is on display like a Las Vegas casino sign: hard to miss and visible from a satellite…

-Pateratic

Øbama, er, I mean: Biden Readies For 2020

5 October 2018

Recent headlines suggest that Biden is preparing a run for the office of President in 2020.

Hmmmm.

I think I’ll just leave this right here….

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-Pateratic

Christine Blasey Ford

17 September 2018

“So,” the Republicans ask. “Why now?”

Because it works. The democrats have, to paraphrase Gussie Mausheimer in An American Tale, weweased the secwet weapon once again.

What am I talking about? Why, the same secwet weapon that was weweased on Judge Moore! Clarence Thomas! Herman Caine! The unsubstantiated, antiquated claim of some nefarious deed against some imagined victim conjured to life JUST IN THE NICK OF TIME to derail their progress on the political stage.

Why do they to it, even though most sentient beings can see right through it? Because, the way they’ve set up the duck with our society: it tends to bear fruit. That, and I suspect most of their adherents aren’t sentient – but that’s fodder for another session at the keyboard.

Personally, the only shocking thing I encountered in this epoch was to learn that Kavanaugh was still in high school in the early 80s. I guess I’ve finally reached that age where I’m older than many of the political class.

Christine Blasey Ford? Likely paid. Likely not who she presents herself to be. Likely lying. The best she has done in this is expose herself as a shill for the democrats. The worst she will have done is derail the appointment of a good man to the Supreme Court.

Frankly, I think Feinstein should be in prison for contempt of congress for this bit of kabuki theater (and that, I believe, is likely the least of her crimes). But, hey – she learned from similar acts perpetrated by her party leadership, her predecessors, and her peers.

Pateratic

Of secret signalling and the like

13 September 2018

“He used that term because it’s a dog whistle to the extreme right.” – Hillary “Dynastic Immunity” Clinton

Can we please get this hag off of the world stage? Please? Isn’t there anyone in the wings with a shepherd’s crook long enough to pull this beast out of view and out of ear-shot? Anyone? Please? Just hook her off, give her one of those fancy one-sleeved jackets, and pack her off into a comfortable cell somewhere. No? Maybe? Anyone?

Ugh.

Ok, then. Let’s think about the terms the left uses to describe the right. Deplorable. Radical. How about this term “dog whistle”? Do you think the left thinks very highly of the right? Of course not! We’re all just dogs waiting around for someone to puff into the whistles that motivate us. Like, say, AntiFa.

Oh! Wait a minute! AntiFa isn’t an organization associated with the right, is it. I must have meant Black Lives Matter. Doh! Again, not a group associated with the right. Resist? Nope. Another leftist organization.

Hmmmm.

Well, maybe its because their signalling is so overt! Yeah, that’s it. Maxine Waters calling for violence couldn’t be characterized as a coded “dog whistle message”, could it. I get it now. The right MUST be “dog whistling” because one of these geniuses on the left have to INTERPRET the signal so we can all “hear” it.

That’s gotta be it!

Lets talk about the word “deplorable”. How about we couple that with “behavior”. Oh! We get “deplorable behavior”! Things like leaving tons of trash behind after a poorly attended “demonstration” or “protest” in the public square. Like setting up camps and trashing city streets. Things like blocking roads, and harassing business owners or their patrons. Things like showing up to “counter-protest” armed to the teeth and wearing body armor. Or setting a town on fire and looting its businesses while protesting “bigotry” and “racism” – pretty much perpetuating the stereotype that causes certain bigotries and racism. How about attacking – PHYSICALLY attacking – people over what they’re wearing, or where they’re going, or what they believe, or who they voted for?

These are all textbook examples of deplorable behavior.

And who are these bad actors from whose activities I parallel to the definition of “deplorable”? People on the right? Wrong again! The same groups: AntiFa, RESIST, BLM, the Occupy crowd (are they still a thing?), and just about every other left-wing nut-job wandering our streets with violence on their minds.

Oh, and another favorite of the talking heads on the left: referring to Trump as “a low IQ individual”. This coming from some sap-sucking, quacking head on a news show who, if s/he’s lucky, may be worth a bit of money south of a million (after all: s/he’s not an elected DNC politician. THAT’S where the millions lay…), with precisely the genius level IQ required to parrot DNC talking points in front of a camera. Low IQ. I guess it doesn’t take much intelligence these days to become a billionaire. Twice.

I wish I was that stupid.

And, Hillary referring to ANYONE as a dog? Has she caught a glimpse of herself in a mirror during this century? Or the last, even? Bitch: yo is uuuuuug-lee. Thou shouldst not cast stones…

-Pateratic

Me, Too, Dave, er, Chris-whatever. Me, too…

15 August 2018

“You know, I look at the platform of a living wage and health care for all. That’s called civilized society. I don’t even know how that became socialism or Republican or Democrat. Let’s be a civilized society. … I’m not sure I even know what socialism is.” — Dave “Christine” Hallquist

And from that, I’m pretty sure I can agree with you! Finally! after all this time, I can agree with a liberal. Yes, Dave Christine: you don’t know what socialism is.

-Pateratic

A Study In Contrasts or Hypocrisy

2 August 2018

On one hand we have:

“I’m very worried that the hostility whipped up by Trump and some in conservative media will result in somebody getting hurt. We should not treat our fellow Americans this way.” —CNN’s Jim Acosta

And on the other…

“If you see anybody from that Cabinet in a restaurant, in a department store, at a gasoline station, you get out and you create a crowd and you push back on them! And you tell them that they are not welcome, anymore, anywhere.” —Maxine Waters

Oh, wait: It’s the same left hand…

It is left as an exercise for the reader to determine who is a hypocrite, and who is stirring up violence against those they disagree with.

-Pateratic

Um, to shoot back?

25 July 2018

Why does anyone in this city need to have a gun at all?” —Toronto Mayor John Tory

 

So Mayor Tory – mayor in a city within one of the left’s darlings; one of their “evolved” countries which have abolished its citizenry’s right to bear arms – has experienced yet another failure of their ability to keep guns off the streets, and laments why anyone in the city needs a gun.

Well, Johnny boy! I can give you 15 reasons. The two killed and the 13 injured in this recent failure of your policies. How about the 14 reasons in Quebec City? The 11 reasons in Laroche? (That was a school shooting, too – haven’t we been told time and again by the MSN that those only happen in the US?) How about the eight reasons in Edmonton? Or the five reasons in Moncton? Or the three reasons in Claresholm? Or the eight in Shedden, or the 20 at Dawson College, or the four in Mayerthorpe, or the four in Grimsby, or…. Well, you get the drift. There are plenty of reasons to be able to defend oneself. And there are countless firearms remaining in your fair city. You simply cannot acknowledge their existence as it is wholly contrary to your world view.

You see, John-boy, only law-abiding citizens abide by the law. Hence the term. Criminals, on the other hand, do NOT abide by the law. Again: hence the term. Now, take an asinine law designed to take the guns away from criminals by taking them away from everyone, and… I’m sure most see what’s coming next. Maybe not you, so much, but most understand that you’ve simply eliminated the law-abiding citizen’s ability to defend themselves from those who DON’T abide by the law and are still armed. With guns. Guns you’ve made illegal. All that you and your ilk have managed to do is violate the basic human right to self defense for those who you allegedly serve. And that right, Juan, is the reason why somebody in your city would need a gun. The right to defend their own life. Because when seconds count, the RCMP and OPP are only minutes away. And, as evidenced by Parkland earlier this year, the police may be no help when they arrive…

-Pateratic

A Mud Bug Slings Mud

16 July 2018

“Question for President Trump as he meets Putin: Do you know which team you play for?” —Hillary Clinton

Why, Hillary: he’s playing for OUR team. And we’re very, very clear whose team he’s playing for. We’re also very, very clear who is NOT playing on our team. We’re very clear who is playing as a “free agent” interested only in fulfilling their avaricious greed and lust for power. We’re keenly aware of those who play far outside of the laws set for our team, but, somehow, escape retribution – or even scrutiny!

Yes, Hillary. Thanks for the reminder.

-Pateratic

Of All The Hypocrites, Elected Democrats Take The Cake

12 July 2018

“President Trump should not meet with President Putin alone. … The president needs to remember that, as Commander-in-Chief, his duty is to protect the American people from foreign threats, not to sell out our democracy to Putin.” —(alleged) Senator Chuck Schumer

Really? REALLY? You’ll go there, you jackass?! Have you forgotten this, Chuckie?

“This is my last election … After my election I have more flexibility,” Obama to Medvedev, March 2012

So, Chuckster, just who shouldn’t have been left alone when meeting with the Russians? Hmmm? It certainly isn’t Trump…

-Pateratic