Wednesday, November 07, 2018

Well, We Had An Election

     With record or near-record turnout for a midterm election, the American people have decided.... (drumroll, please!) ...that they didn't want so much decisiveness.  With Congress split, the Democrats dominating the House (albeit with an interesting coalition of their far-out Left, old party stalwarts and a few Manchinesque mugwumps that their Speaker and Party Whip will be hard-pressed to keep marching in step) and the GOP still in control of the Senate, getting any legislation passed will be a lot more difficult.  Mr. Trump will need his very best sales skills to keep things moving and while the pundits predict spluttering outrage and the Dems have vowed to investigate everything they and their kid's grade school class can think up about him, the man has a history of confounding the wise; I wouldn't count him out just yet.

     Meanwhile, H. L. Mencken counsels us, "Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard." 

     Of course, he also pointed out, "The state — or, to make the matter more concrete, the government — consists of a gang of men exactly like you and me. They have, taking one with another, no special talent for the business of government; they have only a talent for getting and holding office. Their principal device to that end is to search out groups who pant and pine for something they can't get and to promise to give it to them. Nine times out of ten that promise is worth nothing. The tenth time is made good by looting A to satisfy B. In other words, government is a broker in pillage, and every election is sort of an advance auction sale of stolen goods."

     What was up for auction in your state, and who won it?

     For whatever it's worth, with 88% of the votes counted, Indiana's Libertarian Party candidate for Secretary of State has 3% of the vote.  The party needs for him to get at least 2% to retain ballot access. 


Anonymous said...

As I commented to a couple leaving the polling place with me yesterday, "Well now we go home and see if the scoundrels we liked beat the scoundrels we didn't like."

This is like watching sausage being made!

pigpen51 said...

I actually don't mind a little gridlock in congress. I don't remember where this quote came from, but it goes " He governs best, who governs least."

I don't think that the government has done a better job than private industry could do, at anything. A sure way to screw up a program is to allow the government to get their hands on it.

Old NFO said...

The first Mencken quote is dead on! And two years of gridlock is going to be 'interesting'...

Anonymous said...

I've seen gridlock. It's overrated.

Then again, most things political are overrated.