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If Mr. Blunt and Cranky had a dollar for every time a politician said something like “never mind the individual opinions of our caucus members, for the good of the party we must come together and be 100% united”; well, he could afford to give out his songs for free instead of hawking them on iTunes and other such sites. But alas, we don’t get dollars from our dysfunctional elected “representatives”, and so on we go with our jobs, while they fail at theirs. Over. And over. Again.

And the reason they fail is their devotion to their parties, and their corresponding lack of devotion to us. Even though we pay their salaries, they spend their on-the-job time working for their parties. We see and hear them apologizing for voting with their party, say it isn’t their view, but they have to hew the line, and so on. Hey, Chuckles, we are paying you. Either work for us, or quit and work for your friggin’ party.

Look at the past few years for a classic example: the “Republican” Party and their openly avowed Number One Priority of getting a “Republican” in the White House in 2012. By their own admission, they put their constitutionally-mandated work aside to focus on partisan politics, to the detriment of the nation.

This is far from the only example of such party-centric focus: it has been a staple of partisan operations for many a year, in many a place. It is only unusual in that it was so baldly stated, without the slightest hint of shame. And without much in the way of consequences from the voters, who have gotten very little for the billions spent on and by the Legislative branch of late.

Two relevant comments from very prominent politicians:

Number A; President Washington, in his Farewell Address, warned us that political parties would someday steal the reins of power from the voters and their legally constituted organizations. His prediction has come true, even if we choose not to recognize it.

Letter 2; Haley Barbour recently announced that his “Republican” party was in need of “a proctology exam”.  True, if vulgar.

If we squashed political parties like the cockroaches they are, we could take the hundreds of billions of dollars spent on them, apply it to the deficit, and maybe have our “representatives” start to represent us for a friggin’ change.  Until we do, we will continue to be ruled by organizations that have no right to govern us.

Mr.  B & C

After a key Keystone State Legislator came out and said that their new Voter ID law would allow “Mitt Romney to win Pennsylvania”, one would have thought that any sane judge would have squashed the law out of hand; obviously, it was politically motivated and a bold-faced attempt to rig an election. But noooooooo.

Instead, there have been expensive and time-consuming hearings, rulings and counter-rulings, media circuses and so on. Finally, yesterday morning, a judge put a stay on part of the PA Voter ID Law. Half a loaf for those who believe in free, fair, and un-rigged elections, but you know what they say about half a loaf.

As an Independent, Mr. Blunt and Cranky really dislikes parties. A lot. He thinks, in fact, that they should be outlawed, because they have turned out to be just as insidious an infection as President Washington warned us about (“However [political parties] may now and then answer popular ends, they are likely in the course of time and things, to become potent engines, by which cunning, ambitious, and unprincipled men will be enabled to subvert the power of the people and to usurp for themselves the reins of government, destroying afterwards the very engines which have lifted them to unjust dominion”).

In this case, one of the parties (“Republicans”) have spent most of the past two years working on behalf of their party’s interest, to the detriment of the nation.The modern “Republican” party bears no resemblance to the party we once knew. The party of fiscal discipline has become the party of Voodoo Economics. The party of minding our own business has become the party of foreign wars of choice. And the party that trumpeted the rule of law has become the party of lawlessness, influence selling, election rigging and voter suppression.

The right to vote is one of the foundational rights of our nation. When one weakens the foundation of a structure, how long can the structure stand? Read President Washington’s words once again, and ask yourself if you really want to vote for people who would take away your rights; using the law of the land to weaken the nation for the benefit of a few corrupt politicos and those who buy them.

Again: “Republicans” don’t want you to vote. They want to take away your right to vote. If you care about your rights, you cannot afford to vote for these crooks.

Mr. B & C