Marshall in the Middle

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Sympathy for the Devils

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By Chuck Marshall

Across the Board Failure in Governing

As I look at the fiasco in our presidential election, I ponder more and more the disaster that is our government.   This is true from the top right down to the local level.  The people are so desperate for change that those who are still members of either of the dominant political parties are choosing the one that is "least" connected to Washington.  Even when it's a socialist handing out goodies at our expense or an odious and perverted candidate such as Donald Trump.  Hey, at least both of them can claim not to be "sold" to the special interests and I agree that's almost enough to support ANY candidate.   So, I  totally sympathize with both Trump and Sanders supporters and their frustration at the status quo.  To keep choosing the Washington insiders is to choose to encourage their inept performance and tacitly condone the actions of the last 30 years.   Performance of total and complete and absolute failure.  (stay tuned for a future blog listing the grievances against our government).

     In DC, it is all a game and all activity springs from the lobbyists and their wants and needs.  Our congressmen work their position as a tool of the special interests and all activity is to keep these specific groups happy and profitable from the process of taxation down to regulations that "won't be too inconvenient" for corporations.  Heaven forbid !   Or, prevention of laws that might tie the hands of our noble leaders on Wall Street and their unrestrained avarice.  Their lust and greed for money truly knows no boundaries.  The needs and interests of the American people come in at "dead" last as a priority for our leaders both on Wall Street and in DC and even here in Florida.    

    At the state level here in Florida, as is probably true in much of the US, we have a legislature that DOES NOTHING to move things forward unless it's in the name of "creating jobs".  All else comes in a distant second, meanwhile Florida's unemployment is at 5.65% (full employment is considered to be around 4.5%- so I can see why they're so desperate to fix this glaring problem (sarcasm)).  Meanwhile citizens have to sue the government to get them to improve our schools.  Citizens have to sue the government to get them to enforce an amendment approved of by a super majority of the people four years ago (fair districts amendment here in Florida).  I'm sure you all have example in your state of similar situations... hopefully not as bad as they are here in Florida !

     Anyway, something has got to change and - once again, I sympathize with Trump/Sanders supporters.  It is a vote that says "I am sick of DC and their corrupt, inept ways".  It is a sad testament to the lack of trust for our leadership in America  that to get anyone's attention candidates must behave as they have these past months.   There are other culprits in all of this, including the citizens themselves- we're all rolled up in this - but the real shame goes to our  leadership for their partisan and inept ways.

Monday, March 28, 2016

Parties Should Split Apart for the Good of the Country

The Republicans are in quite a situation right now with Donald Trump being the front runner and most likely nominee for the Presidency.  The problem, is of course that most of the  establishment R's do not like him and don't feel he's qualified to be President.  In addition, Ted Cruz is in second place and he's almost as disliked at Donald Trump !   The situation is even worse when you look at the polls and recognize that neither of these candidates is likely to beat the unpopular Hillary Clinton. How could the R's have gotten this so wrong ?

The Democrats have a similar problem as Bernie Sanders is on the heels of Hillary Clinton and his socialist tendencies are starting to tear that party apart.  They are not in the pickle the R's are in, but they'll get there eventually.

What to do, what to do ?  I have a solution for both parties.   Consider your country first.  The political party is a tool for helping people to collect candidates that think the way they think.  It  is not an end unto itself !   No longer does either party represent the ideas of their party members.  The  massive increase in Independents would also indicate that a lot of people are not happy with either choice because they choose NOT to join either party.  The point of both parties no longer exists to help citizens make a decision and their sole purpose seems to be to "out do" each other.   Each party needs to split itself apart according to certain principals and ideals that would best serve two separate groups on the left and two separate groups on the right.    I would also encourage that one of each party to the right and to the left be more moderate and willing to compromise and start moving forward with fixing the problems and challenges of our society.  For the good of the country, split apart.  I might also add, that whichever party decides to move forward in such a way is more likely to gain the massive numbers of Independents waiting on the sidelines for sanity to return to the political spectrum.  Like me.  

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

A Confession

I must confess to you my dear readers, an atrocious activity, perhaps unforgivable but my first step to redemption is this confession;  I joined the Republican party last month.   I fell for the candidate Marco Rubio and couldn't stand the idea of  missing out on this election.  So, after 15 years, I re-joined.  I feel dirty, and used and I feel like I need a long, hot shower with lots of soap.  I feel like going to church every night of the week and I feel like going to see a Priest for confession even though I'm not Catholic.

Tonight, Marco dropped out of the race after an awful showing in the Florida primaries.  I don't blame him, it was time.  I sincerely feel he's too good for the Republican party and I hope there is a future for him in public service, but I'm not sure how.  He made mistakes in this election, but I don't think anyone can stop Donald Trump.  He's the Republican answer to Prez Obama., an inexperienced man with a lot of hot air.   Trump is Obama without the eloquence.   There  is no difference between Obama and Trump in my mind.  They are both inexperienced boobs who are incapable of running our country effectively.  As long as the parties run the show we will have this back and forth nonsense with idiotic candidates picked by the extreme wings of both parties.  

The Republican party is now dominated by old cranky white men and young cranky rednecks.    They are incapable of seeing or understanding common sense.  This is the only way I can reconcile in my mind the picking such a vile man as Donald Trump to lead your party.   Anyway, there has been talk of the Republicans splitting in two.   I hope so !   Remove the Tea Party and their insatiable anger and hate and "Trumpness" to re-start the GOP as something new and productive.   Meanwhile, I'll be dropping back out of the Republican party asap., and taking a long hot shower.

Sunday, March 6, 2016

The Circus Ringmaster: Cable TV

By Chuck Marshall

NOTE;  This printed in the Orlando Sentinel on Thursday,  March 10th 2016
 (with a few small changes and without Shawn Hannity's face LOL

CBT -Cable News Traitors

Senator Rubio has suggested  constitutional amendments for some of the more glaring problems with our government.  I would like to suggest an amendment restricting the influence of special interests.   Currently one special interest stands out as the most obvious special interest of all;  The Cable news media.  These companies (Fox, CNN, MSNBC, etc…) are making a fortune on our political process.  They stir the pot to excite conflict and give undue coverage to the most divisive candidates.  Then they settle back to watch with glee the discourse they created. In addition, controlling the line of questions in debates allows them to “orchestrate” the debate towards personal insults and insinuations, which not coincidentally profits them greatly.  Important policy questions are few and far between.  Ideally an amendment should be formed that removes the influence of special interests and I think we should start with these circus ringmasters.      
In my humble opinion.  

Thursday, February 25, 2016

In Trump's Mind; You're a Loser

By Chuck Marshall

Ironic Fact:  "To fool or deceive" in French is translated "Trompe"

Let me first confess my position.  With all due respect to his ambitious plans for an "amazing wall"  and his plans to make us all winners.......such winners that we're "going to get sick of winning"......  I don't understand a vote for Donald Trump unless the voter has no need for any real solutions.  I have not heard one yet from Trump.  

If you listen to Trump, a lot of his positions are actually business savvy and make sense to  frustrated Americans looking for answers, but they are woefully short on solutions that could really be implemented.   He vents.  The  best example of that is the impossibility of deporting all 11 million illegal immigrants back to their origin as soon as he is President.  Yes, he could enforce the law more strictly (and he should)  but due process is a necessity that he conveniently leaves out of his tirades.   Trump (and now Cruz!)  is only too happy to let uninformed Americans believe that power would come to him miraculously as President (don't ask him how!).   Really the only way he could maneuver that would be if he became a tyrant through some sort of collapse in our government and then proceeded to order it done by his military minions.   That is, of course,  unlikely but with the ego we've witnessed in Trump I'm not totally convinced it hasn't lurked around in his gigantic head.  "Telling it like it is" is all fine and dandy but the power and ability to do these things you rage displays his lack of experience and, to be perfectly frank, his lack of intelligence.  Still, a huge percentage of Republicans seem to follow him like the Pied Piper.  On they march right over a cliff.

Republican voters around the country need to think about this really hard as they have a decision to make in the next month.  Do you  really want such a person representing your party in the general election ?   He is already known and the majority of the public has made up their minds about Trump.  He is an egomaniac, he's crude, he's inexperienced, he's not eloquent, he holds a grudge, he mocks disabled people, he disrespects women, he feeds off anger, he argues with the pope, he provokes the Muslims, he alienates our allies, he's a poor winner, he's a poor loser, and in some ways he's just plain "weird".   To a large  extent, you can decide whether or not Hillary Clinton will be our next president because I doubt his ability to beat her given his personality and lack of experience.   She waits and watches as Republicans vote with rage for her favorite option.  You are on a chess board and you can see the opponent's queen lurking and waiting.  Don't move the pawn to expose your King in the very next move for a check -mate.  You have a choice to make, don't throw a glass of water on the fire and expect to save your house.   You have a choice to  make, don't try a quarterback sneak when a field goal would win the game.

My fellow Americans, I know that if Trump read this blog he would call me a "nobody" and a "loser" and any other personal insult he could come up with.  Don't think for a moment he thinks anything more of you.