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Why Does Anyone Run for Office?

July 18th, 2013 - 3:23 pm
Because I said so

Because I said so

So goes the question on everybody’s lips whenever a candidate willingly subjects him- or -herself to the media’s proctological examination (more rigorous by far for conservatives and Republicans), the gleeful reportage of old rumors and innuendos, the financial Lower GI, and the ritual humiliation of the office-seeker, his or her spouse and their children, if any. Surely, the thinking goes, no one in his right mind would go through all this just for a job as a “public servant.”

Well, who said anything about “right mind”? I’ve come to the realization that the very question could only be asked by someone whose sanity is not in doubt, someone possessed of a shame gene, someone with a social conscience and, very likely, a day job. Someone, in other words, who doesn’t really want to be a contemporary American politician.

We still maintain a romantic notion of the citizen-legislator, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, the honest guy who believes that politics is not a complete mug’s game, and who harbors the notion of doing good. But if that fellow ever existed — and frankly I’m not sure he or she ever really did — then his day is long gone. What we have now are not citizen-legislators but citizen-dictators who can’t wait to get their hands on the levers of the regulatory state and give it to their fellow Americans, but good.

The fact is, government today no longer exists to serve the people, but to regulate them. Regulation is everything, the name of the game — by executive order when possible, by armies of unelected, unfireable, faceless mole-people appartchiks otherwise. The mushrooming of federal agencies in our lifetimes — say, from the Johnson and Nixon administrations on — has been phenomenal, all of it effected in the name of “doing something” about this or that perceived problem. The problems naturally remain (poverty for sure, although chastity and obedience have been summarily dealt with), but the bureaucracy continues to lurch around, flailing its arms and smashing every good and decent thing it encounters in its efforts to control the lives of subjects who were once free citizens.

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When the government was small and didn't really have that much power over people, those of a nature to want to dictate to other people and lord over them and get rich from corruption for that mater didn't have that much incentive to go into government - to small and unpowerful so not enough payoff - so you had a much better class of men going into government. Now with government so powerful and so controlling and so rich, low men find it very attractive, and the lower they are the more attractive they find it.
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The disproportionate prevalence of "activist"-types committed to government "service" vs. the level of commitment by those of a conservative bent has always been a frustration for me. But i guess Conservatism is kind of a "hands off" approach. Activism is only required if you disagree with the status quo (I.e., adherence to The Constitution). Judges, legislators and regulators who do not want to be bound by the Constitution must therefore invent stuff to get their way. Unilateral diktats get them there faster.
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Leftists have created hall monitor hell.

The officious intermeddling dweeb who can't fit in or make it in the world of full and fair competition has to game the system from the inside and rig the outcomes, restricting free movement ...forward, upward, onward...because otherwise these losers would do what losers do...lose.

The Hall Monitors grew up and became City Hall Monitors. Look at ANY game in which competition is stifled, meritocracy is destroyed, patronage and graft rule the day...and you will find a sniveling toady leftist surrounded by lesser sniveling toady leftists.

And, failure...bankruptcy...moral and fiscal...will be virulent and widespread. The Red Plague. It is a place where truth goes to die.

"Truthyness" is "good enough". Stale agenda media, stale academia and stale entertainment carry the stench of this sepsis of the soul.

Obama is not merely a carrier. He's Typhoid Barry.

But, Michael...they are not interested in regulating us. It's a much higher plane of intrusion. We are being dominated. Ruled. Bowed.

When it gets to this stage...the adequate responses become severely limited.

There are very few cures for Typhoid Barry and the aftermath of this administration. Certainly no quick ones. Like the worst diseases...once you get it...you've got it.
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Whenever this subject comes up, I am reminded of this passage from Trevanian's Shibumi (1979):

"... the American version of representative government assures that such qualities as intellect and ethics as might equip a man to lead a powerful nation responsibly are precisely the qualities that would prevent him from subjecting himself to the debasing performances of vote begging and delegate swapping. It is a truism of American politics that no man who can win elections deserves to."
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Why? Money and power - period.
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Why does anyone run for office? Tongue in cheek?

The answer must be obvious to anyone who lives outside the ivory towers of academia, media and government.

Those disdained populations of rednecks, racist-sexist, guns and religion bigots as members of that vast right-wing conspiracy and astro-turf. of the spokespersons for these ivory tower "elite".

The "commoners" so despised except as milch cow and pork these in office so freely and unaccountably dispense to their pet individuals and groups. The quid pro quo immortality in their jobs. Once in never out.

A New Age hereditary nobility, aristocracy and royalty. Aren't those in office however minor treated by the commoners as if princes of the blood?

WHY does anyone run for office?

A few words tells why. If they get lucky and are elected:
1. gravy train. Isn't that what government job with perks and non-contributory pension, elected or not, is?
2. immortality of job tenure with all that entails. Once in never out unless something truly exceptional happens.
3. immunity in law while in office and of course
4. the ability to exempt from any costs or penalties for laws imposed on those hated/despised commoners., e.g ACA aka Obama/Hillarycare.

Why not despise them, the common people? THEY elect by commission and omission - are not forced - the scavengers of government to feed off them. Even after they KNOW they're being abused in being taken for a ride.

39 weeks ago
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With Obama, the USA has our own Nero.

Fiddle on Fool.
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It's actually Caligula in the three pictures above, but right idea.
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Well, let's see, the three oldest jobs in the world are priest, politician [chief], and prostitute. All about power, prestige, and money. In the case of all three, they tended to settle for two out of the three prime attributes: power/prestige/money.
39 weeks ago
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When the government was small and didn't really have that much power over people, those of a nature to want to dictate to other people and lord over them and get rich from corruption for that mater didn't have that much incentive to go into government - to small and unpowerful so not enough payoff - so you had a much better class of men going into government. Now with government so powerful and so controlling and so rich, low men find it very attractive, and the lower they are the more attractive they find it.
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The 17th Amendment seems to have been a vehicle through which "low men find it very attractive"; being elected by popular vote rather than the original way of being elected by a state's legislative body. I for one; would like to repeal that 17th vehicle; given that we now have evidence of its results.
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Agreed, jimmytbone. I've been saying for years that the 17th Amendment was a disaster. For decades now, we've seen the pathetic results of it.
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"see what happens when the GOP splits the vote?"

As if Teddy Roosevelt was anything but a Dino-Bush

McKinley is to Reagan as T. Roosevelt is to Bush

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The disproportionate prevalence of "activist"-types committed to government "service" vs. the level of commitment by those of a conservative bent has always been a frustration for me. But i guess Conservatism is kind of a "hands off" approach. Activism is only required if you disagree with the status quo (I.e., adherence to The Constitution). Judges, legislators and regulators who do not want to be bound by the Constitution must therefore invent stuff to get their way. Unilateral diktats get them there faster.
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Well said, sir. And the angst that I hear from fellow travelers on a daily basis confirms that what you said so eloquently, we all know and have known for some time. At least since Nov. 6, 2012, which was our last chance to save the nation. OK. Maybe the next to last, but I'm losing faith that the original estimate was not, in fact, correct.

I, for one, think that we are doomed. But I've always been known as an Up With People, Glee Club kinda guy.
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Heck, P Henry, the coup was in '08. Where were you? Sleeping?
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Well the so called media certainly did not vett Obama, instead they promoted him as an almost God. The career politician has replaced the citizen politician, and career politicians do not follow the linitations the Constitution lays on them. "We the People" allowed this transformation of our government through apathy and down right laziness, and this played right into the hands of the ruling class. Good people do not want to run for office because of the stigma of corruption that politicians seem to attract. It's going to take some hard work to wrestle our country back from these self proclaimed Caesars.
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