Posts Tagged ‘US Politics’

“Sewing a Moonbeam to a Fart”

Thursday, February 19th, 2009

Remember when we took the picture above, Eric? The excitement, the idealism, the idea of positive change! The noble goal of starting to take Washington back for the people – the REAL people? The farmer, the mechanic, the small shop owner, and working Moms too? We fought pretty hard, didn’t we?

There I am in the last row between a few signs. And there I am in a crouch up front – then standing right next to you with a big, hopeful smile on my face. Oh, there I am on the other side too, looking pensive – a bit unsure – but putting my hopes in you. Look, I’m right there – the person who believed in you. Who believed you could represent the “new politics” in a rotten, corrupt system. I believed in you when you said you would stand up to the power party bosses. And I believed in you when you said you’d say ‘no’ to special interest money.

What are the chances you’ll embrace those ideals once again even if it means losing you next election? Those around me say the chances equal those of the title quote above.

Maybe.

Or maybe this old Navy guy will put back on his steel chalones, go back to his original campaign contribution pledge, tell the bosses he is NOT just a team player, and for two years he’ll fight like hell for the little guy regardless of the consequences.

If you go that way, Eric, there’s a good chance we’ll see you on the national news. If you choose not to, chances are you’ll end up as a forgotten footnote in a dull history book which nobody reads.

Your move, Eric.

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I’m Calling You Out, Eric

Wednesday, February 18th, 2009

Maybe you saw my rant against you yesterday for reversing your campaign promise not to take campaign contributions from ‘Special Interests’. I was angry – I’m STILL angry. Why? Because I thought you were better than that. (By the way – I voted for Obama and wrote posts against Kuhl and Bush. I am NOT a Conservative Republican.)

I can just imagine the pressure put on you by the Democratic leadership. A little overwhelming, wasn’t it? The big shots probably praised you to high heaven saying, “Way to go, Eric! Beat a Republican Incumbent in friggin’ Upstate New York – you’ll go far here – Promise! – O needs guys like you! Don’t limit your thinking to regional politics!…..Now, the first rule is, ‘to get along, go along’ – you know that, right?”

And you nodded your head.

“Well of course you’ve got to get re-elected, right? The damn Republicans are targeting your district because they’re pissed about Kuhl and your election was so close, they almost won. You know that too, right?”

And you nodded your head.

“Well the first thing you’ve got to do is to forget that shit about ‘no special interest money’. It’s sad but that’s the only way we can get you elected. We respect your ideals, Eric, but you’re not going to help your district if you’re sitting in ‘I’ve got my Ideals – Loser Land.’ You want stuff for your people, right?”

And you nodded your head.

“OK – we want to help you get that stuff because it’s important for your people – AND, now that we’re in charge, we CAN help you – if you help us stay in power. Sound fair to you?”

And you nodded your head.

“Right. Uhh, look, Eric – we know this stinks – OF COURSE IT STINKS! – but what can we do? It is what it is. We didn’t invent this and let’s be real here – it’s NOT going to change. And isn’t it better with us in power helping the little guy rather than the fat cats helping their country club cronies? Of course! Sad but true – sad but true. So here’s how you can help us –and your district:

TOMORROW: “Your Move, Eric.”