UNITY 08: Go Home When the Party’s Over

11 11 2007

An appeal to anyone still laboring under the campaign-fed delusion that “my party is the only thing protecting us from your party” — party isn’t all that’s right, nor all that’s left.

The two dominant parties are parochial like families, fighting not just each other as rivals but their own siblings within the family too, in power struggles large and small (at the moment over primary dates.) Like squabbling beneficiaries to Grandpa’s fortune, they can’t even agree among themselves to their own family’s rules, to treat all the siblings fairly!

I live in black-sheep rebellious Florida, presently being pummeled by both parties’ power structures who, contrary to all the count-every-vote, make-every-vote-count rhetoric from 2000, declare we’ll do exactly as they decree or our state’s votes will be deeply discounted, or won’t count at all. Offend the parties’ controlling interest in controlling you, and the real agenda becomes clear (over your dead body.)

Talk about voter disenfranchisement. Yes, it’s understandable that the Democratic committee has rules in place, and yes, Florida broke those rules, but millions of potential votes would mean nothing, and that’s a huge problem. . .
Jonathan Soros, in a column in The New York Times last week, proposed that the nation move toward a national primary – which everyone’s vote would count in. He compared it to “American Idol,” stating that when everyone participates equally in the voting, more people will be likely to vote. While that sounds like a fantastic idea, it’s nothing more than a fantastic fantasy.

For now, all we can ask is for Democrats’ votes to mean something, anything.

Who really believes either political aristocracy would run the government well for OUR benefit, rather than their own, then? If government runs the mechanisms that help US run IT — from voting machinery to schooling machinery — who’s the servant, who’s getting served, and who’s just getting served UP?

So maybe Unity08 will help? I registered as a delegate last year and still have high hopes. I happen to be nonpartisan, but most delegates are loyal Rs and Ds collaborating for us all without disowning their dysfunctional political family of origin. 🙂

If you do decide the Family of America is what counts, mention my name as inviting you to the reunion!

JJ Ross, Ed.D.



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11 11 2007

I was raised to believe in institutions and rules, and going along to get along with the group.

At church and school and later in homeschooling too. I told the story of that story’s power over me, for NHEN years ago.

But for the rules to work, they um, have to WORK!

Y’all all see what I’m talking about when it comes to schooling, but the logic of failed institutions is literally everywhere now, GroupThink calling the shots and individuals hurt by those systems commanded to keep sucking it up or be expelled to the wilderness alone. But none of us could possibly suck that much! It just can’t last, no matter who’s right or wrong about any given candidate or specific call.

Sports too, and school sports especially. Here are two ESPN examples — one college football, one pro — of why I predict the concrete dam of institutional rule-over-reason is about to break wide open and flood us all with seeming rebellion:

“Am I condemning the crew? Hell yeah, I’m condemning the crew,” Leach said.

Big 12 official spokesman Bob Burda did not immediately respond to telephone messages seeking comment. Leach’s rant will likely draw a fine from the league and possibly a suspension.

. . .”It’s unfortunate and does the bowl picture enter into it? I don’t know. Does the money enter into it? I don’t know.”

Leach’s rant lasted for several minutes.

“It may be incompetence, bias, I don’t know. Maybe it’s something as simple as guys sitting over the water cooler at their office in Austin talking about how the great game they’re going to see — and then perhaps a preconceived notion develops as to how it’s going to come out,” he said.

Asked if expects to be punished by the league for his remarks, Leach said, “I expect to be coaching. I don’t know what will happen but I’m not standing for this.”

And there was that historic clash of unbeaten Colts/Patriots last week:

Was everything that “happened” (for lack of a better word) in Indy just a one-time deal? Was it just an elaborate coincidence the Patriots couldn’t buy a single break for the entire game? Was the NFL unveiling a new way of evening the score against New England because a $500,000 fine and the loss of a No. 1 pick weren’t enough? Did the league decide no NFL team could conventionally stop the Pats, so they’ll have to play against opponents AND referees for the rest of the season? Does the NFL have a hidden trigger much like the one used in the “Madden” video games, when everything starts going against your team as soon as it becomes clear there’s a chance for an undefeated season?

There’s no way to definitively answer the previous paragraph. But if you’re a fan of the Patriots, you’ve never felt as passionately about them as you do right now.

The same “us against them” mentality that galvanized the coaches and players ended up galvanizing the fans as well. You should see some of the texts and e-mails I received from friends during Sunday’s game — genuine anger and incoherence from some of the most rational people I know — or the remains of my living room remote control, which didn’t survive a 95-mph throw across the room after the no-call on Faulk.

Like everyone else who loves the Patriots, this season has become so personal that it’s difficult to adequately describe. It’s almost like watching a family member get raked through the coals, like being a member of Sen. Craig’s family, only if he wasn’t such a creep. . .

11 11 2007

And don’t forget the disastrous Rule of Dolores Umbridge!
There’s only response for any self-respecting citizen to rules run amok in the hands of the officious. . .

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