Mar 21

Trump/Sanders Campaign: Populism Trumps Common Sense

sanders and trumpTrump/Sanders Campaign:
Populism Trumps Common Sense

Andrew Genesius

Two years ago, no one would have expected that the two most electrifying candidates in this year’s presidential race would be a self-avowed socialist and a reality show star. Bernie Sanders emerged from the backwoods of Vermont with his message of stealing from the rich and giving to the poor, and Donald Trump has descended from his penthouse in Trump Towers hurling personal insults at all establishment candidates to transform the political landscape. Both are trying to upend the apple cart of regular politics to achieve their differing versions of an ideal government.

What most people do not seem to notice is that both Trump and Sanders are running the exact same populist campaign. Both candidates promise that the government will give the majority whatever they want. This can clearly be seen when one turns either of their political speeches into a game of Mad Libs.

 

Right now your life is horrible; because ___________ are doing ___________, which hurts you by causing ________. If you elect me, I will stop ________, and give you __________. Everything will then be wonderful.

 

Sanders fills in the blank by saying:

Right now your life is horrible; because the people on Wall Street are receiving bail outs and special government deals that are screwing everyone else and preventing social justice. If you elect me, I will put a stop to the benefits that the fat cats on Wall Street are receiving and give you free college tuition, healthcare, money, and ponies for everyone. Social justice for all!

Trump follows suit with his similar proclamation:

Right now your life is horrible; because the government establishment politicians are spending money they do not have, making bad trade deals, being pushed around by terrorists, and not defending our borders from illegal immigrants, which hurts you by stealing your jobs. If you elect me, I will stop the establishment politicians, terrorists, Russian aggressions, jobs going overseas, Obamacare, and the government in general. This will allow you to keep the money you have earned and be safe from Islamic Terrorists. It will be huge!

Both populist candidates promise to vanquish their enemies and provide everyone with the moon and every other celestial body in the sky. Some might say, what is wrong with that, it is just politics as normal: demonize your enemies and promise your supporters tons of free stuff? The difference is the populist message: the government will give the majority whatever they want.

At first, the populist message sounds great. The government will give the majority what they want. If you are in the majority, this is great, but if you are in the minority, you better lookout, because they are coming for you.

The majority of Americans are not rich Wall Street investors; I believe the number is around 99% who are not. If Sanders becomes president, the rich will be stripped of their earnings to satisfy the greed of the masses.

Trump is no better. Trump has promised to deport the minority of individuals who have arrived in this country illegally and has an eye on Arab Americans in order to keep the country safe.

The rights of the individual are tossed aside to satisfy the mercurial desires of the majority. This is extremely dangerous, because everyone belongs to some minority group. If populism reigns, it is only a matter of time before the group you belong to becomes a targeted minority. Under a populist system, Black Lives might matter one day and be targeted the next.

The other huge problem with a populist government is the cost. Nothing in life is free. Everything has a cost. Allegedly free college tuition, healthcare, childcare, and other goodies all cost money. Someone has to pay for it. In a populist message, the benefits to the majority are usually paid by the targeted minorities. Sanders intends to take every last penny from the rich, which sounds great to the non-rich person until one simple economic fact is revealed. There are not enough rich people in the United States to pay for all the promised free stuff.

When the majority is allowed to trample over the rights of the individual bad things happen throughout history. Religious minorities are allowed to be persecuted, ethnic minorities can be enslaved, and economic minorities can be taxed to the point of no longer working. Every individual is at risk when the populist mob is in control. The only way to defend oneself from the tyranny of the majority is to protect the rights of the individual.

 

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Mar 21

Shopping Carts: The Scourge of Louisville

Shopping cart

Shopping Carts: The Scourge of Louisville

Progressive Pete

The Louisville Metro Council deals with only the most pressing issues in Kentucky’s largest metropolis. Many might believe the biggest issue would be the heroin epidemic, traffic gridlock, or even affordable housing, but all of these issues pale in comparison to the most momentous of maladies, shopping carts.

It has come to the attention of the Metro Council that many people are going to stores, loading shopping carts up with goods, and then taking the carts back to their abodes. To make matters worse, people are not returning the metal monstrosities to their stores of origin. Instead, carts have been abandoned across the Commonwealth, and the streets are now strewn with shopping carts.

There is only one way to resolve this shopping cart crisis, we need shopping cart lanes. If people had a way to safely transport their shopping carts down the road, people would no longer leave them throughout the city, because they would have an efficient way to transport their carts.

Shopping cart researchers and urban designers have known for years that shopping cart lanes are crucial to the flow and functioning of all major cities. The research speaks for itself. The majority of American adults use a shopping cart at least once a week. Most Americans use shopping carts more frequently than they use bikes. Think of all the people who have benefited from bike lanes, and then imagine how many more would live more fulfilling lives from being able to walk down the street with a full cart of groceries.

Every Louisvillian needs to storm city hall and demand that Mayor Fisher utilize the same courageous, progressive thinking he demonstrated when he closed car lanes to create bike lanes. Mayor Fisher was not dissuaded when others pointed out that there was no demand for bike lanes and traffic jams would worsen with less car lanes. We need that same courage from Mayor Fisher as he boldly creates shopping cart lanes for all.

TARC, the local public bus agency, should be praised for embracing the future of shopping cart lanes. They have already invested 10 million dollars of tax payers’ money to create mega carts. These super shopping carts will allow eight people to push 1 ton of food from the store to their homes.

In order to build the lanes, some roads will have to be redesigned for exclusive use by shopping carts and bikes. Unfortunately, despite the obvious need, we cannot have all roads be solely reserved for bikes and shopping carts, because some people are still using the technology of the past to motor around. Since most people are selfish and refuse to bike 20 miles to work, a few roads will have to remain for cars. In order to have shopping cart access alongside the car roads, eminent domain will have to be utilized for the greater good. Houses will have to be seized by the government, demolished, and paved over for shopping carts.

Editor’s Note: In the next issue, we will talk about the lack of affordable housing in Louisville.

 

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Mar 21

Bernie Sanders “Saves” College

Majoring in debt

Bernie Sanders “Saves” College

Molly Roberts

College tuition is too damn high! This is a fact that Republicans, Democrats, and Socialists agree on. Republican State Senator Dan Seum is currently trying to fix the problem by requiring all state colleges in Kentucky to have a four year freeze on tuition increases, which would require colleges to actually live within their means. Many people might believe this is a good idea, but this hardly seems fair. Why should only Kentucky schools spend what they can afford when every other state spends as much money as they want?

Bernie Sanders, avowed socialist and my personal hero/savior, has a more superbly awesome approach, free college for everyone. Under Republican plans, people still have to pay for what they use and meet academic criteria to be accepted in to college, which is completely unfair. After all, if you have water, and I am thirsty, it would be selfish of you to not give me the water for free. Are other people so focused on stuff that they cannot give me the stuff that I want?

College is a good thing that people want. If people want it, they should have it. No one should ever be told no. But this is exactly what happens all the time. People are told they cannot go to college because they do not have enough money, are not a good enough athlete, or are not smart enough. All of these barriers need to be overcome if we are to live in a socially just society.

If college is free, no one will be held back due to a lack of money. This is the only fair way to do things, because people cannot help how much money they have. Some people have more money than others, which is totally unfair. Why should one person who works make more money than another, when both people are human beings? Even if a person does not work, should they receive less money? Not everyone is blessed with a work ethic. Should a person who is not motivated to work be punished?

College sports are another area that is filled with discrimination and unfairness. Most college teams require people to try out for their team. They subject applicants to demeaning exercises and then judge them by how they performed against each other. After this hazing, coaches do not even let everyone join the team, and the ones who make the cut are not even guaranteed playing time. A more barbaric system could not be imagined.

In order to fix college sports, we need to sprinkle some Bernie Sanders’ magic on these collegiate activities. For starters, everyone should be starters on the team. This can be achieved by increasing the number of players on the field. If a team has 500 men and women on the men’s basketball team, they should all be on the court at the start of the game. Some basketball courts might have to be increased in size to accommodate the new accepting atmosphere of college basketball, but it is really the only fair thing to do.

Some might be concerned that the games will be lopsided when there are 12,500 players on the floor for the University of Kentucky team and only 3,650 come out to play for the Xavier University squad, but this will not be a problem, because the final score will not matter. From now on, every game will end in a draw, because a tie is really the only fair way to end a game when all players are not born with the same basketball skills. If the more athletic team was allowed to win, than some people might feel that they were better than others, which is of course wrong, because we are all equal; even the players who are not as good as the others.

Finally, we will need to end the most severe discrimination that has been going on for years in college, intelligence. For years, colleges have been discriminating against individuals by only allowing “smart” people to attend college. Applicants needed to have a high school diploma, a certain score on the ACT or SAT, or an IQ above 70. A more severe form of segregation has not occurred since African Americans were not allowed to attend the white movie theaters. If a person has been diagnosed with an intellectual disability, formerly known as mental retardation, they should not be prevented from going to college and earning a degree. A lack of understanding of what is going on in a course should not prevent a person from attending or passing a class. Simply showing up or thinking about showing up, should be enough to pass the class. Entrance criteria and grades should be done away with, since they create the impression that some people know more than others.

Bernie Sanders has shown us the way to prosperity and happiness. Everyone should be allowed to do whatever they want for free and believe what they did was great, even if it was not. As Bernie Sanders demonstrated with economics, ignorance of a subject should not prevent a person from being an expert on the subject.

 

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Mar 21

23rd Issue New Voice For Politics

23rd Issue New Voice For Politics

 

In this Issue

Trump/Sanders Campaign: Populism Trumps Common Sense
The majority is always right. The minority is always wrong.

Shopping Carts: The Scourge of Louisville
Metal monstrosities terrorize Louisville

Bernie Sanders “Saves” College
Bernie brings social justice to college

 

sanders and trumpTrump/Sanders Campaign:
Populism Trumps Common Sense

Andrew Genesius

Two years ago, no one would have expected that the two most electrifying candidates in this year’s presidential race would be a self-avowed socialist and a reality show star. Bernie Sanders emerged from the backwoods of Vermont with his message of stealing from the rich and giving to the poor, and Donald Trump has descended from his penthouse in Trump Towers hurling personal insults at all establishment candidates to transform the political landscape. Both are trying to upend the apple cart of regular politics to achieve their differing versions of an ideal government.

What most people do not seem to notice is that both Trump and Sanders are running the exact same populist campaign. Both candidates promise that the government will give the majority whatever they want. This can clearly be seen when one turns either of their political speeches into a game of Mad Libs.

Right now your life is horrible; because ___________ are doing ___________, which hurts you by causing ________. If you elect me, I will stop ________, and give you __________. Everything will then be wonderful.

Sanders fills in the blank by saying:

Right now your life is horrible; because the people on Wall Street are receiving bail outs and special government deals that are screwing everyone else and preventing social justice. If you elect me, I will put a stop to the benefits that the fat cats on Wall Street are receiving and give you free college tuition, healthcare, money, and ponies for everyone. Social justice for all!

Trump follows suit with his similar proclamation:

Right now your life is horrible; because the government establishment politicians are spending money they do not have, making bad trade deals, being pushed around by terrorists, and not defending our borders from illegal immigrants, which hurts you by stealing your jobs. If you elect me, I will stop the establishment politicians, terrorists, Russian aggressions, jobs going overseas, Obamacare, and the government in general. This will allow you to keep the money you have earned and be safe from Islamic Terrorists. It will be huge!

Both populist candidates promise to vanquish their enemies and provide everyone with the moon and every other celestial body in the sky. Some might say, what is wrong with that, it is just politics as normal: demonize your enemies and promise your supporters tons of free stuff? The difference is the populist message: the government will give the majority whatever they want.

At first, the populist message sounds great. The government will give the majority what they want. If you are in the majority, this is great, but if you are in the minority, you better lookout, because they are coming for you.

The majority of Americans are not rich Wall Street investors; I believe the number is around 99% who are not. If Sanders becomes president, the rich will be stripped of their earnings to satisfy the greed of the masses.

Trump is no better. Trump has promised to deport the minority of individuals who have arrived in this country illegally and has an eye on Arab Americans in order to keep the country safe.

The rights of the individual are tossed aside to satisfy the mercurial desires of the majority. This is extremely dangerous, because everyone belongs to some minority group. If populism reigns, it is only a matter of time before the group you belong to becomes a targeted minority. Under a populist system, Black Lives might matter one day and be targeted the next.

The other huge problem with a populist government is the cost. Nothing in life is free. Everything has a cost. Allegedly free college tuition, healthcare, childcare, and other goodies all cost money. Someone has to pay for it. In a populist message, the benefits to the majority are usually paid by the targeted minorities. Sanders intends to take every last penny from the rich, which sounds great to the non-rich person until one simple economic fact is revealed. There are not enough rich people in the United States to pay for all the promised free stuff.

When the majority is allowed to trample over the rights of the individual bad things happen throughout history. Religious minorities are allowed to be persecuted, ethnic minorities can be enslaved, and economic minorities can be taxed to the point of no longer working. Every individual is at risk when the populist mob is in control. The only way to defend oneself from the tyranny of the majority is to protect the rights of the individual.

 

Shopping cartShopping Carts: The Scourge of Louisville

Progressive Pete

The Louisville Metro Council deals with only the most pressing issues in Kentucky’s largest metropolis. Many might believe the biggest issue would be the heroin epidemic, traffic gridlock, or even affordable housing, but all of these issues pale in comparison to the most momentous of maladies, shopping carts.

It has come to the attention of the Metro Council that many people are going to stores, loading shopping carts up with goods, and then taking the carts back to their abodes. To make matters worse, people are not returning the metal monstrosities to their stores of origin. Instead, carts have been abandoned across the Commonwealth, and the streets are now strewn with shopping carts.

There is only one way to resolve this shopping cart crisis, we need shopping cart lanes. If people had a way to safely transport their shopping carts down the road, people would no longer leave them throughout the city, because they would have an efficient way to transport their carts.

Shopping cart researchers and urban designers have known for years that shopping cart lanes are crucial to the flow and functioning of all major cities. The research speaks for itself. The majority of American adults use a shopping cart at least once a week. Most Americans use shopping carts more frequently than they use bikes. Think of all the people who have benefited from bike lanes, and then imagine how many more would live more fulfilling lives from being able to walk down the street with a full cart of groceries.

Every Louisvillian needs to storm city hall and demand that Mayor Fisher utilize the same courageous, progressive thinking he demonstrated when he closed car lanes to create bike lanes. Mayor Fisher was not dissuaded when others pointed out that there was no demand for bike lanes and traffic jams would worsen with less car lanes. We need that same courage from Mayor Fisher as he boldly creates shopping cart lanes for all.

TARC, the local public bus agency, should be praised for embracing the future of shopping cart lanes. They have already invested 10 million dollars of tax payers’ money to create mega carts. These super shopping carts will allow eight people to push 1 ton of food from the store to their homes.

In order to build the lanes, some roads will have to be redesigned for exclusive use by shopping carts and bikes. Unfortunately, despite the obvious need, we cannot have all roads be solely reserved for bikes and shopping carts, because some people are still using the technology of the past to motor around. Since most people are selfish and refuse to bike 20 miles to work, a few roads will have to remain for cars. In order to have shopping cart access alongside the car roads, eminent domain will have to be utilized for the greater good. Houses will have to be seized by the government, demolished, and paved order for shopping carts.

Editor’s Note: In the next issue, we will talk about the lack of affordable housing in Louisville.

 

Majoring in debtBernie Sanders “Saves” College

Molly Roberts

College tuition is too damn high! This is a fact that Republicans, Democrats, and Socialists agree on. Republican State Senator Dan Seum is currently trying to fix the problem by requiring all state colleges in Kentucky to have a four year freeze on tuition increases, which would require colleges to actually live within their means. Many people might believe this is a good idea, but this hardly seems fair. Why should only Kentucky schools spend what they can afford when every other state spends as much money as they want?

Bernie Sanders, avowed socialist and my personal hero/savior, has a more superbly awesome approach, free college for everyone. Under Republican plans, people still have to pay for what they use and meet academic criteria to be accepted in to college, which is completely unfair. After all, if you have water, and I am thirsty, it would be selfish of you to not give me the water for free. Are other people so focused on stuff that they cannot give me the stuff that I want?

College is a good thing that people want. If people want it, they should have it. No one should ever be told no. But this is exactly what happens all the time. People are told they cannot go to college because they do not have enough money, are not a good enough athlete, or are not smart enough. All of these barriers need to be overcome if we are to live in a socially just society.

If college is free, no one will be held back due to a lack of money. This is the only fair way to do things, because people cannot help how much money they have. Some people have more money than others, which is totally unfair. Why should one person who works make more money than another, when both people are human beings? Even if a person does not work, should they receive less money? Not everyone is blessed with a work ethic. Should a person who is not motivated to work be punished?

College sports are another area that is filled with discrimination and unfairness. Most college teams require people to try out for their team. They subject applicants to demeaning exercises and then judge them by how they performed against each other. After this hazing, coaches do not even let everyone join the team, and the ones who make the cut are not even guaranteed playing time. A more barbaric system could not be imagined.

In order to fix college sports, we need to sprinkle some Bernie Sanders’ magic on these collegiate activities. For starters, everyone should be starters on the team. This can be achieved by increasing the number of players on the field. If a team has 500 men and women on the men’s basketball team, they should all be on the court at the start of the game. Some basketball courts might have to be increased in size to accommodate the new accepting atmosphere of college basketball, but it is really the only fair thing to do.

Some might be concerned that the games will be lopsided when there are 12,500 players on the floor for the University of Kentucky team and only 3,650 come out to play for the Xavier University squad, but this will not be a problem, because the final score will not matter. From now on, every game will end in a draw, because a tie is really the only fair way to end a game when all players are not born with the same basketball skills. If the more athletic team was allowed to win, than some people might feel that they were better than others, which is of course wrong, because we are all equal; even the players who are not as good as the others.

Finally, we will need to end the most severe discrimination that has been going on for years in college, intelligence. For years, colleges have been discriminating against individuals by only allowing “smart” people to attend college. Applicants needed to have a high school diploma, a certain score on the ACT or SAT, or an IQ above 70. A more severe form of segregation has not occurred since African Americans were not allowed to attend the white movie theaters. If a person has been diagnosed with an intellectual disability, formerly known as mental retardation, they should not be prevented from going to college and earning a degree. A lack of understanding of what is going on in a course should not prevent a person from attending or passing a class. Simply showing up or thinking about showing up, should be enough to pass the class. Entrance criteria and grades should be done away with, since they create the impression that some people know more than others.

Bernie Sanders has shown us the way to prosperity and happiness. Everyone should be allowed to do whatever they want for free and believe what they did was great, even if it was not. As Bernie Sanders demonstrated with economics, ignorance of a subject should not prevent a person from being an expert on the subject.

 

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Sep 08

I Know I Cheated On You, But I Still Want the Goodies You Promised

I Know I Cheated On You, but I Still Want the Goodies You Promised

Andrew Genesius

having both on a benchMy friend is not a wise man. He is a sensual soul who often follows his heart, rather than his head. This has recently led him into a very compromising position when he broke his vow to be faithful. Suffice it to say, the other vow holder was not amused by his amusements.

Most men being caught in blatant violation of their promise, would beg for forgiveness, throw themselves on the floor, and promise it would never happen again. My friend decided to take a different approach. He said he enjoyed what he was doing, had no intention to stop cheating, and expected his partner to continue to faithfully give him all the goodies that were originally promised to him. The unfaithful cad expected fidelity from his partner while he engaged in infidelity.

Most readers would be appalled by such cavalier and brazen behavior, which is exactly how Germany felt when my friend Greece demanded that more money be loaned to them; even though, Greece had not followed their previous commitments with the European Union (EU) to make necessary spending cuts and loan repayments. Greece wanted to be unfaithful to their vow of paying back Germany and the rest of the EU; while at the same time, they requested the EU to lend them more money. Greece wants to eat their cake and the EU’s cake too.

After being spurned by Greece, Germany, the primary lender to Greece in the EU, is a bit bitter, but they are willing to put the past behind them and work on their relationship with Greece. All Germany asks is that Greece stop spending money they do not have; do not buy a Lamborghini when one cannot afford a Fiat.

The majority of Greek citizens respond to Germany’s request with a resounding no and a little bit of rioting. Most Greeks refuse to make any significant spending cuts. They claim Germany is being unfair and mean. Such austerity is simply too much, cry the people of Greece, but is their claim of cruelty credible?  Is Germany being heartless with their demands, are they seeking revenge as a jilted lover, or is Germany just being honest with a friend who has a serious self-control issue?

A simple look at Greece’s checkbook allows one to see that Greece does have a few problems with fiscal restraint. The Greek retirement age is one such example. People are entering into the retirement pension system too early and leaving too late. In Greece, worker can retire at age 45, and over 200,000 deceased Greeks continue to receive pensions after their death. This is a significant problem with Greece’s aging population, because there are now only four workers for every three pensioners. This has resulted in over half of the pension coming directly from the state budget. Such a system is completely unsustainable. Cuts in spending have to be made if Greece is ever to recover, but the Greek people, living and dead, prefer to continue digging a deeper hole by maintaining their generous benefits.

Greece’s plan is to continue to spend, continue to borrow, and not repay Germany, which is an incredibly stupid plan. First, Germany and the rest of the EU will not provide them with money indefinitely. When the loan money runs out, Greece is going to be in an even bigger hole than when they started if they do not stop their out of control spending. Second, stiffing Germany with the bill is not a wise move. Germany started World War I and II and could easily crush Greece without batting an eye. If you are not going to pay a country back, pick Switzerland, but not Germany. If the Swiss are mad at you, your country goes without chocolates and watches. If Germany is mad at you, they invade your country.

Greece is asking for the moon and offering bubkis in return. Greek politicians are starting to come around to the reality that austerity must occur, but many of the Greek people need to come to this realization as well. The socialist policies in Greece have led to debt and despair. The Greek people need to spend less or at least start paying their taxes.

 

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Sep 08

The Confederate Flag, Gay Marriage, & Christianity Need to be Banned

The Confederate Flag, Gay Marriage, & Christianity Need to be Banned

Demetreus Johnson

gay battle flagAs a gay black man, my life has been full of ups and downs lately. The political events of this past year have put me on a roller coaster of emotions, and my head is still spinning. There was the sudden realization by everyone 154 years after the founding of the confederacy that the confederate flag is considered by some Americans to be racist; especially by, a surprising number of African Americans. Then there was the legalization of gay marriage, which allows all gay people to marry, fall out of love, and have a horribly bitter divorce. Some might believe we have reached the promised land of equality, but in reality, we are still in the desert of intolerance and hate with police killing black men in Ferguson.

How do I feel about all of this? In a word, offended. My dreams have been crushed, ego has been deflated, and I feel a little verklempt. I have reached my limit, and I am not going to take it anymore, because no one should ever be offended. Everyone should work together to prevent people from experiencing the trauma of wounding words and offensive objects.

When I see the Confederate flag, I take offense, exception, and great umbrage at this transgression of my emotions. Not everyone finds the flag to be a symbol of hate, but that does not matter. If even one person is put off by an object, it should be banned, burned, destroyed, and obliterated; otherwise, feelings of unease could start to permeate throughout all of our society, and we do not want that, now do we?

To be fair, while I am exceedingly thrilled and a bit giddy by the Supreme Court’s new law, which makes gay marriage legal, I know there are some Christians who are not exactly stoked about the whole two men being married thing. A few Christians have even gone as far as to claim that gay marriage is a sign of the apocalypse, which is simply ridiculous. I can say with absolute certainty that the end times will not consist of the four horsemen: war, death, pestilence, and gay marriage. The forth horseman will not be two fabulous gay men in sequence white outfits riding bareback together as Cher’s greatest hits are playing in the background.

But despite our differences in the interpretation of the Book of Revelations, I am concerned by their concern about gay marriage, because I do not want anyone to ever feel uncomfortable. For this reason, I am calling for an end to gay marriage, because no one should ever be offended.

It should be noted that while the confederate flag and gay marriage are big issues in the United States, there are many other objects and objectionable acts offending people around the globe that need to be addressed. We need to act as citizens of the planet earth to ensure that no one on the globe is ever offended. The primary directive of every government should be to offend no one.

Sadly, if we are going to be completely honest with ourselves, we have to admit that the United States as a Christian nation has fallen short of this standard. Many Muslims have been offended by the Unites States; particularly, ISIS. Many followers of ISIS have been so irked, they have murdered countless Christians. Clearly, Christian Americans have to do something to make amends for their indiscretions; after all, ISIS would not go around chopping off heads for no good reason.

While many agree with my no offense mandate, some disagree and even take offense to my no offense decree. They point out that it is impossible to not offend someone when they act, because there are over 7 billion people on the planet. If we had to gain consent from everyone before an action occurred, nothing would ever be accomplished. We would all starve to death, because the human race would be unable to identify a food to eat that was not offensive to someone: pork is offensive to Jews and Muslims, meat disagrees with Vegans, and lima beans are offensive to children.

The alternative of course to my no offense offensive is to require people to be tolerant. We would have to accept diversity. Everyone would have to agree that it is not a crime to offend another person. We would need to realize that it is dangerous to compel others to act the way we wish, because it would take away other people’s freedom as well as our own.

Such musings about tolerance by other insensitive souls are all well and good, but as a gay black man, I do not approve of tolerance for diversity. I hold fast to the belief that the confederate flag, gay marriage, and Christianity are all offensive to someone and have to go. If a reader disagrees with me, I will label them offense, and they will have to go too.

 

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Sep 08

The Gateway Drug to Politics

The Gateway Drug to Politics

Andrew Genesius

we want youAsk most people if they would like to be involved in politics, and they will look at you as if you have a hole in your head. Most people would rather be swaddled in a blanket infected with small pox than be embraced by a politician. The majority of people do not want to be involved with politics, because no one wants to be involved with politicians. When people think of politicians, they think of slimy, underhanded shysters who are more likely to sell a person snake oil than a solution to what ails the United States.

Due to the dirty dealings of more than a few double-dealing politicians, most civic minded people with integrity want nothing to do with politics. They would rather throw a mongoose down their trousers than associate with politicians. Both political parties have stigmatized politics to the point that the average person would not touch anything political with a thirty-nine and a half foot pole. They would rather be put in a boat with a seasick crocodile than a room full of politicians.

With such animosity, how can a person with curiosity about the political process find a way to improve the lives of their family, friends, and neighbors? Everyone wants to make the world a better place, but not everyone wants to hang out with a perceived rogues’ gallery of politicians to do it.

Political groups have a serious problem. People care about political issues (i.e. education, healthcare, unemployment), but they do not want to be involved with political organizations. This is a serious conundrum for political organizations, and they have no answer for this glaring question: how can they help people overcome their revulsion towards political parties, in order for them to join their organization?

The answer is marijuana. Not the drug per se, but they need to have a gateway group that leads to the harder stuff. If the average person attended the local Republican or Democrat meeting, they would say no way Jose to politics. They would be bored by the details of policies no one really cares about, appalled by the infighting of who is allowed to be on which committee, and shunned by those who believe every new member is a threat to their position as assistant chair to the refreshment committee for the summer picnic. What is needed is a group who will allow people to stick their toes in the political water; instead of being thrown into the middle of the deep end to be eaten alive by political piranhas.

The Louisville River City Republicans is a perfect example of how a group can provide an on-ramp to the political freeway system. When a person is by themselves, it can be hard to merge into the political landscape. New people do not know who they should talk to about the issues that are important to them. The Louisville River City Republicans solves this problem by providing a friendly, fun atmosphere for people at all levels of political experience to come together and network. There are no people grasping for power, because the whole point of the group is to connect people with other like-minded people. This networking group helps to orient people who are new to politics in a way that is similar to how new college students learn about fraternities and sororities on campus, except without the hazing.

The other unique thing the group does to be successful is to make politics fun. The Louisville River City Republicans are not made up of octogenarians whose idea of a hot night out on the town is heading over to Denny’s for the early bird special before turning in for the night at 7pm. This group is not your grandparents Republican Party. It is for the young who have energy, enthusiasm, and excitement. The focus is on enjoying oneself while making a difference. They firmly believe that improving society should not be like a trip to the dentist’s office.

The approach of the Louisville River City Republicans is not something that is unique to Republicans.  Their method could be adapted by the Democratic, Libertarian, and Green parties who often forget that the second part of their organization’s name is party. Politics does not have to drab, dull, and boring. It can be fun, exciting, and sociable. The key is to have a fun process that will allow new people to join the political fraternity.

 

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Sep 08

22nd Issue New Voice For Politics

22nd New Voice For Politics

 

In this Issue

I Know I Cheated On You, But I Still Want the Goodies You Promised
Greece wants to have their cake and the EU’s cake too

The Confederate Flag, Gay Marriage, and Christianity Need to be Banned
All offensive things need to go

The Gateway Drug to Politics
It all starts with a little grass roots and fun

 

 

having both on a benchI Know I Cheated On You, but I Still Want the Goodies You Promised

Andrew Genesius

My friend is not a wise man. He is a sensual soul who often follows his heart, rather than his head. This has recently led him into a very compromising position when he broke his vow to be faithful. Suffice it to say, the other vow holder was not amused by his amusements.

Most men being caught in blatant violation of their promise, would beg for forgiveness, throw themselves on the floor, and promise it would never happen again. My friend decided to take a different approach. He said he enjoyed what he was doing, had no intention to stop cheating, and expected his partner to continue to faithfully give him all the goodies that were originally promised to him. The unfaithful cad expected fidelity from his partner while he engaged in infidelity.

Most readers would be appalled by such cavalier and brazen behavior, which is exactly how Germany felt when my friend Greece demanded that more money be loaned to them; even though, Greece had not followed their previous commitments with the European Union (EU) to make necessary spending cuts and loan repayments. Greece wanted to be unfaithful to their vow of paying back Germany and the rest of the EU; while at the same time, they requested the EU to lend them more money. Greece wants to eat their cake and the EU’s cake too.

After being spurned by Greece, Germany, the primary lender to Greece in the EU, is a bit bitter, but they are willing to put the past behind them and work on their relationship with Greece. All Germany asks is that Greece stop spending money they do not have; do not buy a Lamborghini when one cannot afford a Fiat.

The majority of Greek citizens respond to Germany’s request with a resounding no and a little bit of rioting. Most Greeks refuse to make any significant spending cuts. They claim Germany is being unfair and mean. Such austerity is simply too much, cry the people of Greece, but is their claim of cruelty credible?  Is Germany being heartless with their demands, are they seeking revenge as a jilted lover, or is Germany just being honest with a friend who has a serious self-control issue?

A simple look at Greece’s checkbook allows one to see that Greece does have a few problems with fiscal restraint. The Greek retirement age is one such example. People are entering into the retirement pension system too early and leaving too late. In Greece, worker can retire at age 45, and over 200,000 deceased Greeks continue to receive pensions after their death. This is a significant problem with Greece’s aging population, because there are now only four workers for every three pensioners. This has resulted in over half of the pension coming directly from the state budget. Such a system is completely unsustainable. Cuts in spending have to be made if Greece is ever to recover, but the Greek people, living and dead, prefer to continue digging a deeper hole by maintaining their generous benefits.

Greece’s plan is to continue to spend, continue to borrow, and not repay Germany, which is an incredibly stupid plan. First, Germany and the rest of the EU will not provide them with money indefinitely. When the loan money runs out, Greece is going to be in an even bigger hole than when they started if they do not stop their out of control spending. Second, stiffing Germany with the bill is not a wise move. Germany started World War I and II and could easily crush Greece without batting an eye. If you are not going to pay a country back, pick Switzerland, but not Germany. If the Swiss are mad at you, your country goes without chocolates and watches. If Germany is mad at you, they invade your country.

Greece is asking for the moon and offering bubkis in return. Greek politicians are starting to come around to the reality that austerity must occur, but many of the Greek people need to come to this realization as well. The socialist policies in Greece have led to debt and despair. The Greek people need to spend less or at least start paying their taxes.

 

gay battle flagThe Confederate Flag, Gay Marriage, & Christianity Need to be Banned

Demetreus Johnson

As a gay black man, my life has been full of ups and downs lately. The political events of this past year have put me on a roller coaster of emotions, and my head is still spinning. There was the sudden realization by everyone 154 years after the founding of the confederacy that the confederate flag is considered by some Americans to be racist; especially by, a surprising number of African Americans. Then there was the legalization of gay marriage, which allows all gay people to marry, fall out of love, and have a horribly bitter divorce. Some might believe we have reached the promised land of equality, but in reality, we are still in the desert of intolerance and hate with police killing black men in Ferguson.

How do I feel about all of this? In a word, offended. My dreams have been crushed, ego has been deflated, and I feel a little verklempt. I have reached my limit, and I am not going to take it anymore, because no one should ever be offended. Everyone should work together to prevent people from experiencing the trauma of wounding words and offensive objects.

When I see the Confederate flag, I take offense, exception, and great umbrage at this transgression of my emotions. Not everyone finds the flag to be a symbol of hate, but that does not matter. If even one person is put off by an object, it should be banned, burned, destroyed, and obliterated; otherwise, feelings of unease could start to permeate throughout all of our society, and we do not want that, now do we?

To be fair, while I am exceedingly thrilled and a bit giddy by the Supreme Court’s new law, which makes gay marriage legal, I know there are some Christians who are not exactly stoked about the whole two men being married thing. A few Christians have even gone as far as to claim that gay marriage is a sign of the apocalypse, which is simply ridiculous. I can say with absolute certainty that the end times will not consist of the four horsemen: war, death, pestilence, and gay marriage. The forth horseman will not be two fabulous gay men in sequence white outfits riding bareback together as Cher’s greatest hits are playing in the background.

But despite our differences in the interpretation of the Book of Revelations, I am concerned by their concern about gay marriage, because I do not want anyone to ever feel uncomfortable. For this reason, I am calling for an end to gay marriage, because no one should ever be offended.

It should be noted that while the confederate flag and gay marriage are big issues in the United States, there are many other objects and objectionable acts offending people around the globe that need to be addressed. We need to act as citizens of the planet earth to ensure that no one on the globe is ever offended. The primary directive of every government should be to offend no one.

Sadly, if we are going to be completely honest with ourselves, we have to admit that the United States as a Christian nation has fallen short of this standard. Many Muslims have been offended by the Unites States; particularly, ISIS. Many followers of ISIS have been so irked, they have murdered countless Christians. Clearly, Christian Americans have to do something to make amends for their indiscretions; after all, ISIS would not go around chopping off heads for no good reason.

While many agree with my no offense mandate, some disagree and even take offense to my no offense decree. They point out that it is impossible to not offend someone when they act, because there are over 7 billion people on the planet. If we had to gain consent from everyone before an action occurred, nothing would ever be accomplished. We would all starve to death, because the human race would be unable to identify a food to eat that was not offensive to someone: pork is offensive to Jews and Muslims, meat disagrees with Vegans, and lima beans are offensive to children.

The alternative of course to my no offense offensive is to require people to be tolerant. We would have to accept diversity. Everyone would have to agree that it is not a crime to offend another person. We would need to realize that it is dangerous to compel others to act the way we wish, because it would take away other people’s freedom as well as our own.

Such musings about tolerance by other insensitive souls are all well and good, but as a gay black man, I do not approve of tolerance for diversity. I hold fast to the belief that the confederate flag, gay marriage, and Christianity are all offensive to someone and have to go. If a reader disagrees with me, I will label them offense, and they will have to go too.

 

we want youThe Gateway Drug to Politics

Andrew Genesius

Ask most people if they would like to be involved in politics, and they will look at you as if you have a hole in your head. Most people would rather be swaddled in a blanket infected with small pox than be embraced by a politician. The majority of people do not want to be involved with politics, because no one wants to be involved with politicians. When people think of politicians, they think of slimy, underhanded shysters who are more likely to sell a person snake oil than a solution to what ails the United States.

Due to the dirty dealings of more than a few double-dealing politicians, most civic minded people with integrity want nothing to do with politics. They would rather throw a mongoose down their trousers than associate with politicians. Both political parties have stigmatized politics to the point that the average person would not touch anything political with a thirty-nine and a half foot pole. They would rather be put in a boat with a seasick crocodile than a room full of politicians.

With such animosity, how can a person with curiosity about the political process find a way to improve the lives of their family, friends, and neighbors? Everyone wants to make the world a better place, but not everyone wants to hang out with a perceived rogues’ gallery of politicians to do it.

Political groups have a serious problem. People care about political issues (i.e. education, healthcare, unemployment), but they do not want to be involved with political organizations. This is a serious conundrum for political organizations, and they have no answer for this glaring question: how can they help people overcome their revulsion towards political parties, in order for them to join their organization?

The answer is marijuana. Not the drug per se, but they need to have a gateway group that leads to the harder stuff. If the average person attended the local Republican or Democrat meeting, they would say no way Jose to politics. They would be bored by the details of policies no one really cares about, appalled by the infighting of who is allowed to be on which committee, and shunned by those who believe every new member is a threat to their position as assistant chair to the refreshment committee for the summer picnic. What is needed is a group who will allow people to stick their toes in the political water; instead of being thrown into the middle of the deep end to be eaten alive by political piranhas.

The Louisville River City Republicans is a perfect example of how a group can provide an on-ramp to the political freeway system. When a person is by themselves, it can be hard to merge into the political landscape. New people do not know who they should talk to about the issues that are important to them. The Louisville River City Republicans solves this problem by providing a friendly, fun atmosphere for people at all levels of political experience to come together and network. There are no people grasping for power, because the whole point of the group is to connect people with other like-minded people. This networking group helps to orient people who are new to politics in a way that is similar to how new college students learn about fraternities and sororities on campus, except without the hazing.

The other unique thing the group does to be successful is to make politics fun. The Louisville River City Republicans are not made up of octogenarians whose idea of a hot night out on the town is heading over to Denny’s for the early bird special before turning in for the night at 7pm. This group is not your grandparents Republican Party. It is for the young who have energy, enthusiasm, and excitement. The focus is on enjoying oneself while making a difference. They firmly believe that improving society should not be like a trip to the dentist’s office.

The approach of the Louisville River City Republicans is not something that is unique to Republicans.  Their method could be adapted by the Democratic, Libertarian, and Green parties who often forget that the second part of their organization’s name is party. Politics does not have to drab, dull, and boring. It can be fun, exciting, and sociable. The key is to have a fun process that will allow new people to join the political fraternity.

 

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May 11

Close College Friend Says Hal Heiner is an Alien

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Close College Friend Says Hal Heiner is an Alien

David Roth

 

Multimillionaire and Gubernatorial seeker Hal Heiner is an alien who abducted his close personal friend while attending the University of Louisville, according to former close personal friend and abductee.

Hal Heiner, former failed candidate for the Mayor of Louisville, has now been cast under a shadow of suspicion as allegations have arisen about his otherworldly origins and nefarious nighttime activities while at college.

A former college chum of Hal Heiner sent an unsolicited letter to New Voice For Politics last week. In this letter, the author explained how he was abducted by Hal Heiner while on a camping trip in a national forest. During his abduction, he was physically and mentally abused. Out of fear of further abuse from Hal Heiner, he has requested that his identify remain anonymous.

One fall evening Hal and this gentleman went camping. Hal led his friend deeper into the forest as the sun set. Around midnight, strange balls of light danced around in the night sky. These balls of light eventually coalesced above the author and bathed him in light. Without warning, a powerful beam of energy shot through his body and immobilized him. Right before he passed out, he saw Hal Heiner enter the light, his body transformed.

When he awoke, the author was by himself in a different part of the woods. His mind and body were in disarray: clothes were shredded, his body was sore, and he had no recollection of how he arrived at his current location. He walked several hours through the woods until he reached a road and collapsed from exhaustion. Eventually, a motorist came upon him and drove him to a local hospital.

At the hospital, this poor man discovered he had not been out in the woods for one night, as he had thought, but had been missing for 8 days. During an extensive physical examination, several odd things were discovered. He had rashes on his body and very small precision cuts that could not have been made by a human hand. For a week after the lost time, he experienced ringing in his ears and nosebleeds. However, the strangest finding occurred when an x-ray was taken at the base of his neck where a new scar had appeared after his disappearance. The x-ray revealed a small object. Surgery was conducted, and a small microchip was removed. When the microchip was viewed under magnification, two words could be read on it, Hal Heiner.

In an attempt to regain his memory, Hal Heiner’s former friend underwent regression hypnosis by a licensed professional. During this process, he regained memories of being tied down to a table with a bright light shining over his head. From time to time, the transformed Hal Heiner would come over to him and do horrible things with probes upon his body.

This individual does not want to be famous or have any attention upon him. He left Kentucky and is residing in Alaska to put the horrible event behind him.

While some might doubt the credibility of this poor victim’s story, the victim says proof of the story exists. “I kept the extracted microchip as a reminder of what fear and betrayal feels like. For more than two decades, the microchip has been in a lock box at a Kentucky bank.”

After the abduction, Hal Heiner called him and made violent threats against him at 3am in the morning. Hal Heiner was very upset with him, because he had told medical doctors that he was out camping with Hal Heiner, which linked him to the abduction. Hal Heiner was yelling so loudly over the phone it awoke the victim’s frightened parents.

The author said he did not originally want to come forward, but after months of allegations by a Paducah blogger, Adam Davids, he felt like he had no choice.

The victim is aware that some people will doubt a story from a person residing in another state who makes vague horrible accusations with only claims to evidence that no one has ever seen. If you are one of these people that is a good thing, because it means you are not gullible and actually engage in critical thinking. Politicians are not always honest. They should be viewed with suspicion, especially when their campaign happens to discover things which benefit them and hurt their opponent weeks before the election.

Unfortunately, many consumers of the “news” will believe anything that confirms their preexisting biases. Even after being told that this is a satirical article which is trying to encourage skepticism, some opponents of Hal Heiner will still believe he is an alien. All I can say to these people is that Matt Bevin is a time traveler who fought against the North in their war of aggression before traveling to the 21st century via his steam powered time machine.

 

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May 04

Zombies & Taxes: You Cannot Escape Them

Zombies & Taxes: You Cannot Escape Them

Andrew Genesius

2 female zombiesCan you kill a zombie? Sure you can; it is easy. Step one, take a sharp or heavy blunt object and apply with force to the zombie’s cranium. If it is still moving, repeat step one until the zombie is no more.

The problem with zombies is they travel in packs. It is easy to stop one, but can you stop ten, twenty, fifty, or a hundred zombies? One zombie will not kill you, but the accumulation of zombies will, just like taxes.

One tax will not kill you, but a pack of them will. In the United States, citizens are under siege with taxes slowly encircling their victims and dragging them down as they take bite after bite out of our wallets.

Governors are always saying “it is only one little tax; the governed will not even notice it.” “With only a one percent increase,” “a few hundred dollars,” or “the price of a daily cup of coffee,” we can fund whatever the politicians’ pet project is for that day. “It is not a big chunk of your budget,” the usurpers explain, but they neglect to mention all the other bites they have already taken with their other taxes.

The biggest piece the government takes from us occurs before we even receive our earned money through income taxes. Most tax payers lose a third of their income with this one tax alone. If the IRS was a zombie and it took a third of a person’s body with its teeth, the victim would have lost both of their legs.

If the government would only stop with both of our legs, it would not be so bad, but like zombies the government’s hunger is never satiated. A zombie, like the government, continues to feast upon their victim over and over again.

20140829_210523One of these additional taxes will not break a person’s budget, but cumulatively, the pounds of flesh they all consume add up. Throughout one’s day, a person is assaulted, no matter where they go. There is no sanctuary; only man eating man to survive. When we wake up and turn on the light, we are taxed for using electricity. During our morning shower, we are taxed for using the water and sewage system. If a person owns the house they are showering in, they will also face property, school, and garbage taxes. Even during one’s drive to work additional taxes are incurred when we pay for gas, car registration, driving on a toll road, and driver license fees. There is no escape from taxes. Even if we go on vacation to get away from it all, we must still pay hotel, air transportation taxes, landing fees at airports, car rental, alcohol taxes, and sales taxes on everything that is purchased.

This is not even an exhaustive list of taxes. Like zombies, taxes are always multiplying and becoming an increasing threat to all of humanity.

In such a world as this, is it any wonder why Walking Dead is such a popular show? Viewers can relate to being devoured bite after bite from an unceasing onslaught. This is why politicians, like Rand Paul, who are championing smaller government, are growing in popularity, because they are trying to slay the beast that is big government, which is slowly eating us all alive. If we are to survive this tax apocalypse, we need to pick up our figurative samurai sword and crossbow* and support politicians who are trying to shrink the size of government and allow us to keep more of the money we have earned.
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