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Monday, January 05, 2009

This man is about to become a United States Senator

Al Franken has been declared the winner of the U.S. Senate race in Minnesota.

You know, I've been known for pulling a stunt or two for sake of politics. But that picture of Franken is just wrong...

Think about it: this man is about to be granted the same esteemed privileges that in more enlightened times were only granted to great orators such as Daniel Webster, John Calhoun, and Henry Clay.

And it looks like Caroline Kennedy is going to become Senator from New York, based on nothing but her "royalty".

Now do you people understand why I believe the Seventeenth Amendment was one of the most horrible things to ever happen to the United States Constitution, and should be repealed in favor of letting the individual state legislatures elect the senators?!?


Anonymous said...

Just another example of the decline of our society. Time to post up that painting of Rome burning again.

Nauseating. I need Prilosec now....

Anonymous said...

For this man there had to be a recount?

We are screwed.

Anonymous said...

You don't believe in elections ?

Hmm... this photo was widely published before the election, and the people voted for him anyway. Case closed.

Of course, this is also the state that elected Jesse "The Body" Ventura as their Governor...

Chris Knight said...

Democracy is not, and never has been, a thing of virtue in and of itself. Democracy only works when there is an enlightened enough people who are willing to take on the responsibilities that self-government imposes.

So it is that I cannot help but think that the election of Al Franken says much about us as a people.

Not for the first time I have to be envious of the system of government that Heinlein envisioned in his novel Starship Troopers: where only those who have put in a few years of service, in the military or what have you, are given the right to vote and hold office. In Heinlein's opinion, those would be the people who WERE willing to sacrifice their time and energy toward serving the public, and thus were the only ones who had earned that right. It wasn't discrimination at all. It was just a way of finding the responsible ones and "separating the wheat from the chaff".

Anonymous said...

OK, I like your idea of only allowing military veterans to vote.

I am a veteran of the US military, and I am a liberal.

My hunting buddy, who is a Hannity-worshipping conservative, never served his country.

Sitting in the duck-blind together, we always joke about how we cancel each others vote.

Now, with your system, I always win !

Thanks for supporting me !

Chris Knight said...

Hey friend, I know you no doubt mean well, but on this particular blog there is no such thing as an absolute "liberal" or an absolute "conservative".

It is possible to hold a conservative or liberal opinion on this issue or that, but nobody in this blogger's worldview is defined as a "liberal" or a "conservative". I just happen to try to think better of people than to do that.

And in this dojo, those who insist that they are conservative or liberal, are routinely laughed at.

That said, I hope you will enjoy your stay :-)