No More Politicians Running Political Parties!

Nothing but cheap snark! Why don’t you bring something substantive to the conversation?

A friend of a friend on Facebook has posted to say that he is leaving the Democratic Party “at long last” because of the narrow victory of Sec. Thomas Perez over Rep. Kieth Ellison for Chair of the Democratic National Committee.

That’s all it took. Really. A proven administrator was elected to an important administrative position and you are out the door.

Yes, I responded with cheap snark. There is no more arguing with these people. But let me try one more time.

Hillary Clinton won a democratic primary election over Bernie Sanders. Many of us supported Senator Sanders as long as we could. When the outcome was obvious, we swung our support to Secretary Clinton. We were Democrats. We supported our Party and realized that any other reaction played into the hand of the Republicans, or worse still, the Trumpists.

A few “Democrats” ran on with conspiracy theories based on hacked emails. They wanted to believe that Bernie was still the one, that he would somehow come back to life if they wished hard enough. They drove Debbie Wasserman-Schultz out of the DNC, and…they turned their backs on the Democratic Party.

We told them simply: “Do you want a President Trump, because that’s how you get a President Trump.” They didn’t listen and the rest is history. History, however, has a way of repeating itself for those who do not take its lessons.

Now some of these same folks seem to believe something that goes like this: “Hillary lost so now Bernie is the Head of Everything!” “Now the Party needs to ignore the 65,844,610 people who voted for Hillary and pay attention to us!”

OK. Kieth Ellison is a “Progressive,” if you will. He had the support of Senator Sanders. He had a lot going for him and still does, but he does have some major issues regarding this position. It is an administrative position and not a political one. The DNC must support all Democrats running for office while searching for the next crop. Nobody uses this position to springboard to the next thing.

Here’s the bigger point though. Bernie Sanders is not the head of the Democratic Party. Neither is Hillary Clinton. The current leader of the Democratic Party is our last elected President, Barack Obama. It was Obama who saw the flaws in Rep. Ellison’s candidacy and asked Sec. Perez to step up.

Well, that’s enough for now. Here’s some history. I am a Democrat. I was a Democrat in 1968 and supported the actions of protesters at the Democratic National Convention. That got us a split Party and Richard Nixon.

Think we have anything to learn from history?

We Do Have a Parliamentary System – Of a Sort

With the impending collapse of the Republican Party, I find myself thinking about our current form of government. Most notable was a call for a moderate Republican-moderate Democrat coalition to steer the Congress through to 2016.

I have often heard friends lament that the United States lacks a Parliamentary system of government. By this use of “Parliamentary,” I think they mean “more than two parties.” Most of them do not understand the deeper workings of the system and they probably wouldn’t be happy with a Prime reagan-queenMinister AND President. (Some might be in favor of a Constitutional Monarchy. I remember actual calls for Ron and Nancy to become our first King and Queen.)

Their understanding runs to this: in other countries there are many political parties and they all have a chance at power. Nobody has to settle for the lesser of two evils, as they have a smorgasbord of parties to choose from.

What they may not understand is coalitions. With many parties competing, no one party can consistently win a majority and can only hope for a plurality. As a majority is needed to form a government, it is then time for coalition building.

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Onward and Sideways

Time in its aging course teaches all things. – Prometheus Bound

In my previous writings I compared my current situation to Greek Tragedy, particularly the ever present Fates. Yes, I admit, an overblown estimation of my own importance. I am quite sure that neither Zeus, nor any other God, is personally interested in my plight.

At that time, I proposed to tempt Fate by starting a course of self improvement and study, which (I hoped) the cruel Fates would block by bringing a reasonable job offer my way. “Oh, such tragedy…forced to put aside my new life in order to make money!” A little like “please don’t throw me into that brier patch,” isn’t it?

Didn’t quite work out though, and the job search seems as Sisyphean as ever (there, I did it again). I started by applying for jobs that matched my experience and abilities. I later applied for jobs that would seem well beneath my experience and abilities. I have taken tests for positions where I could easily have written the training manual. Nothing is working. The way seems to be barred.

I did manage quite well on my previous goals. I finished an Introduction to Programming (Python) course, rose up to Level 8 Soccer Referee and reached 33% fluency (so says Duolingo) in German. Along the way, I founded the Borussia Dortmund Los Angeles Fan Club.

Putting aside my grandiose plans to trick Fate, these goals have kept me stable, if not cheerful, over the last few months. This is the most productive time of unemployment I’ve ever experienced. With that in mind, I’m moving the goalposts for the next few months.

So there…once again casting my spear to pierce the Heavens! Or maybe just preparing to be a Junior Python Programmer. Hard to tell.