How to Train Your Politician

NBC had some interesting polling figures for those who track such things. What I found most illuminating, if only for the reaffirmed impression of incoherent psychoses on the left, were the areas of concern by party affiliation. My estimations based on NBC’s cutesy fonts graphic are as follows in order of declining priorities.

Republicans
1) Enforce immigration laws
2) Follow the constitution
3) Stop abortion
4) Impeach Obama
5) Stop government handouts
6) Focus on our own country
7) Close the borders
8) Stop Obamacare
9) Support veterans
10) Israel: Israel what?

Democrats
1) Do your job congress: The job of congress is fundamentally to pass laws. I very much doubt democrats would be pleasantly disposed toward the laws a republican congress might pass.
2) Focus on our own country
3) Stop Republicans: Whatever this means
4) Compromise: A ludicrous desire in tandem with the one just prior.
5) Fix Healthcare: I thought that was the whole point of Obamacare.
6) Keep jobs in America
7) Amnesty for immigrant children: In context of #6, we should read this to mean–keep jobs in America, but give them to foreigners.
8) Stop war
9) Keep Obamacare: But fix healthcare!
10) Right to choose: Right to choose what? Who a business will hire or transact with? Who we wish to allow in as fellow citizens and whom we do not? No idiot, that’s hate. We’re talking about an act of love.

Common Ground
Here’s a free tip for 2016 aspirants: Use the slogan Focus on America. The entire political spectrum wants its government to actually attend to this country before others. Once safely ensconced in the White House, one may then proceed to ignore the gibbering gulls and return to the presidential perquisites of golf, interns, plane rides, population replacement, and bombing wherever your finger stops on a spinning globe.

The left also wants to stop war and keep jobs in America. Two positions that a canny republican could easily embrace to both drive populist sentiment in his own party, and an obvious wedge between leftist elites and their own hoi polloi. But, unfortunately, those are not the preferred positions of Mr. Adelson, and thus it would be the height of naïveté to expect a republican to adopt them.

No Resolution
Abortion will never be agreed upon. It can only be an edict of the victor. And who is that victor always? Not non-racist republicans, assuredly. A pre-roe states rights regime is the most widely accommodative solution in my view. But mining penumbras is a job Americans also won’t do, alas. And so we have the tautology we have.

Finally, it should be acknowledged that trying to manage this sprawling, porous, petri-dish called America has grown into a nearly impossible task. A functioning 10th amendment would have made the chore vastly more feasible, though that restrained control of The State and so had to be jettisoned. Thus we enjoy America 2.0. And a contrived “nation” of competing cultures is not one prone to–or even capable of–political contentment.

NBC can’t understand it.

Two words sum up the mood of the nation: Fed up.

Six in 10 Americans are dissatisfied with the state of the U.S. economy, more than 70 percent believe the country is headed in the wrong direction, and nearly 80 percent are down on the country’s political system, according to the latest NBC News / Wall Street Journal poll.

But the problem is “our strength.” A largely homogenous electorate can be much more readily mollified by providing the type of societal and governmental framework in which they desire to live. A heterogeneous society renders this impossible. Add diversity, and you add diversity of preference. The government can only pacify one group at the fury of another. And doing nothing cultivates the contempt of all. Of course a childish trick would be to define the desires of one competing group as “hate” so as to remove them from consideration. Though that would be so ridiculously obvious I won’t spend a moment addressing the possibility.

But for the world we now inhabit, I’ll offer political consultations at an egregious price…discretion is assured.

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