Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Everybody's Favorites

Coverage of the National Football league is a joke in most circles. Nobody who deems themselves a prognosticator of the pigskin has any originality anymore, and that was evident watching everybody's favorites perform like garbage this weekend. Those Miami Dolphins that everybody had developed a misanthropic sycophant relationship with looked marvelous. Not to mention those juggernaut in Dallas and Charlotte performing up to their expectations. It's like everybody at ESPN just looks up come football season and says, "well, they have a logo I picked before so I will blindly pick them again. Bill Parcells hasn't won a thing in 10 years and everybody just blindly picks "The Tuna." The only thing bigger than Dallas' overblown expectations are Parcells man-titties. Bet on those America.

A good Man, Wrong Party?

The primary season for this year’s mid-term elections has shown something that is a problem in American politics. In American politics only the loud lots who occupy the extreme wings of our spectrum tend to find any traction with the electorate. I stress the electorate and not the people, because it seems so few of us give a damn. Monumental consequences occur due to the involvement and voting of such a relatively few people. Yet take the primaries for the senate for both parties in the Northeastern United States. Joseph Lieberman was his party’s Vice Presidential candidate in 2000, but his conservatism got him upstaged by a dot com millionaire with some creepy commercials because he was anti-Iraq war. Yet Lieberman’s votes on taxes, judges, and a host of other big-ticket items make him a value to the party in the Senate for all practical purposes. Lincoln Chaffee almost lost re-nomination to a dedicated conservative in Rhode Island because he was not sufficiently lockstep in his dedication to the Republican Party. For the national Republican Party it was a godsend that he did win though, because most polls showed the conservative challenger would have lost in a trouncing to the Democratic candidate. The Republicans are supporting a Democrat in Connecticut so what would stop them hear right? Yet the point that both Democrats and Republicans miss is that these two men were practical centrists. Centrists who engage in compromise build American greatness. Republicans put aside differences to win World War II and banish the dark days of Nixon, and Democrats fought communists and passed tax cuts across the aisle, all for the good of the American people. Against our interests the parties have worked against their particular boogiemen for the last 12 years and we have suffered. Chaffee and Lieberman are not going to be the poster boy’s for either party, but their moderation is just what we should be looking for this November. We can find plenty of Bill Frist’s and Ted Kennedy’s to go around up there.

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

As the Fall Begins.

As the fall approaches in the United States, the great games begin. From sea to shining sea communities will begin to find the path to the grocery store littered with plastic signs begging for your vote in the life or death struggle for County commission group five. These are the times every two years that we decide who controls the Legislative Branch of the Federal Government, and who will win the NFC East. For the most part this space will focus on these two subjects for the fall. Politics and Football are the twin passions that will be discussed in the Sunshine Empire. In this state National Championships are the norm, and we've had our effect on national politics as well. This is a diary of sorts, but everyone has a blog, we're all just snowflakes in the torrential blizzard of life on the net.