A Voice Out of Private Idaho
Fed up with Idaho politics?
Republicans usually win because this is Idaho; ain’t no swing state here!
by Rufus Peterson
I wasn’t planning on voting this year originally. The Republican Party just closed its primary system last fall because it was on some purity purge and was too afraid that lefties were tainting it. Actually, they might still be able to because they can still switch back parties. But now everyone needs to have their parties listed as PUBLIC RECORD.
I’m not joking about this– How your voting record will go public ?
I don’t want a political party. I especially don’t want one on public record connected with my name. I was quite content to be a Republican by default, choosing the Republican ballot each time a primary rolled around. Republicans usually win because this is Idaho; ain’t no swing state here! It doesn’t make much sense to choose a demo party candidate that isn’t going to win, when you can actually shape local politics by choosing among the Republican candidates. And here’s the really bizarre part: I can still vote in a Republican Primary as a Demo- they’d give me the ballot anyway, but my party would be registered! What kind of sense does that make? But if I choose to remain unaffiliated, I have hardly any candidates to choose from- I’m simply not allowed to choose much of anything unless I’m with some stupid party or another. Can you see why I’m fed up with Idaho politics?
I got some fresh info about this election a few weeks ago though. Because it’s not a primary this time I don’t have to choose a ballot or party. Yay! We’ve got this screwy new Luna Law thing that has yet to be fully implemented : What’s wrong with the Luna laws? , a largely Republican plot to throw a lot more school teachers under the bus while giving each student a laptop. Kids simply must be learning on a pc now instead of via books– because apparently its thought that since computers are the wave of the future they have to learn how to use them. When was the last time you knew of any child having any difficulty figuring out how to do anything on a computer?
But Hewlett-Packard needs to get rich (we’ve got a huge HP facility in this town) and so do the cronies of Tom Luna. And we all know how teachers unions should have no leverage at all because teachers are inherently evil. And liberal. But we let ‘em teach our kids anyway- even in Idaho.
Enough said. So naturally I want to get to vote on this.
But you know my presidential vote doesn’t matter because we are a red state which Obama will lose. It doesn’t make sense for Republicans to vote for Romney either because he is going to win here anyway!
Now this is new for me. Yes, I call myself a paleoconservative, and I’ve been doing that for several years or more now. But the Republican party has moved so far to the right that I’ve simply been left behind. I’m not into illegal immigration or ANY immigration for that matter- that for me is a paleocon plank. But in Idaho, opposing immigration is not the serious issue it is in other conservative states. I’m also pro-choice. And while I’m not into gay marriage, I don’t believe in banning it forever either. I don’t think the States or Fed gov’t has any reason endorsing/supporting/aiding any marriage to begin with. I think people should be left alone to partner as they choose. Leaving people alone was some of what I used to like about conservatism.
Conservatism was not always about churchiness, but it is now. The same people who want the government off the backs of industry do want it on the backs of women. Conservatism also wasn’t originally about being a warhawk. Do you see why I call myself a paleoconservative?
But it doesn’t matter. To hordes of Idahoans and other Americans calling themselves “conservatives”, I might as well be a dyed-in-the-wool liberal. I’ve been left behind.
I’ve voted 3rd party for every presidential election after 1992, which means that after having voted for Clinton once, I’ve voted for Ross Perot, Pat Buchanan, and Ralph Nader. In 2008 I voted for the reverend that Ron Paul endorsed, but I forget the name of that loser now.
Check Stephen Lendman on our sham electoral process. He is right.
Sixteen times under Electoral College rules, winning presidential candidates won a minority of votes. Winner take all rules exclude runoffs. Popular favorites lose more times than people realize.
US federal, state and local elections fail the smell test. They’re woefully short of free, fair, and open. Money power controls them. Last month, Jimmy Carter called America’s process “one of the worst….because of the excessive influx of money.”The entire system is corrupt and dysfunctional. It has no legitimacy whatsoever. Presidential races constitute the apogean extreme of illegitimacy.The Center for Responsive Politics (CRP: OpenSecrets.org) predicts a $2.5 billion Obama/Romney contest. Combined with congressional races, it estimates $5.8 billion. Super PACS and other outside sources raise much of it. Donors can contribute as much as they want anonymously.
I’d vote for Ron Paul this year if I had the chance. I’ll vote for a socialist, greenie, constitutionalist, libertarian or whoever this year, because I think we need at least one 3rd party in this country. I know this person won’t win- that’s a given. But it doesn’t matter.
If my vote DID matter, I’d be voting for Obama– the first time in a decade and a half I’d not be voting third party. All you people in swing/battleground states (or whatever you want to call them) please vote for Obama.
He is the lesser-of-two evils; I know that. I’m not joking around. You can even call me a liberal if you want and I won’t even wince. Steve Lendman might even hold his nose and vote for him too. Who knows.
Rufus Peterson, a fifty-something, temporarily faceless, bohemian Paleoconservative artist and writer living in Idaho.
Dedicated to Ron Paul and the return of Liberty.
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