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Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Repairing fences -- and democracy

I spent the weekend replacing boards in the backyard fence, preparing for the hurricane season. Without more nails, and a few replacement boards, it was in serious danger of falling down. It took a lot of pounding, and my hands turned black, but now it is a solid fence again.

As I hammered, it occurred to me that under DeLay democracy has become as rickety as my backyard fence before the repair.

I thought about how Mr. DeLay stated in TIME and a Washington Post article that he deliberately set it up to keep any one of us who challenged him off the list of replacement names as the GOP candidate on the ballot. In other words, any of us who played by rules and ran against him is on the “blacklist.”

Is this “democracy”?

When an incumbent can punish those who played by the rules—and pick his replacement-- how is that a good example of democracy to show the Iraqis?

This is not about me – it is about the American democratic process. There are two other candidates who are also on that same blacklist. Is this fair?

Is democracy’s fence falling down? It is strong when incumbents can manipulate the process ? I guess the Iraqis only need look at District 22 to decide how to play the game? Let's hope not.

Think about it.

2 comments:

PatPaigRules said...

Mike,

Go away.

If you're having trouble rebuilding a fence because you can't stop thinking about Tom DeLay - you have a problem, sir.

It's not healthy for you, nor is it fair to your family for you to expel so much time and energy hating someone as much as you hate Tom DeLay.

Go fly a kite or ride a bike, guy.

Seriously - move on ...

fanoftom said...

...I thought about how Mr. DeLay stated in TIME and a Washington Post article that he deliberately set it up to keep any one of us who challenged him off the list of replacement names as the GOP candidate on the ballot. In other words, any of us who played by rules and ran against him is on the “blacklist.” ...

What in the hell are you talking about?!? Exactly what part of those articles are you referring to? Tom DeLay beat you fair and square 4 TIMES!!!! You still are harbouring the ridiculous notion that you had any chance of winning...EVER.

If you really think he orchestrated all this just so you could be "blacklisted", then show him that you can't be. You can throw your hat in the ring just like everyone else. AND, it would be easier for you to get on the ballot this way since you only need to target and lobby the couple hundred precinct chairmen (and the eventual 4 that will be on the nominating committee) instead of the hundreds of thousands of voters!!

You seem to think you have such an amazing following...this should be your time to shine and your shot at the Big Time.