- Bogus: imitating something superior not real or genuine: fake or false
- American: of or relating to the United States of America or its inhabitants
- US: We the people
Two factions in the USA have been at loggerheads for quite a while. It all has to do with voting. Remember the words of Abraham Lincoln when he stated that we should be a “government of the people, by the people, for the people . . .”
Here’s the problem: Who are the people? I don’t think Abe was looking 150+ years ahead.
In today’s Houston Chronicle, our attractive, young and intelligent columnist Lisa Falkenberg penned an article. She writes on Wednesdays and Sundays and has been awarded the Pulitzer Prize for commentary as well as the American Society of News Editors’ Mike Royko Award for Commentary/Column Writing, among other honors. In 2016, Falkenberg was named Star Opinion Writer of the Year by the Headliners Foundation of Texas and was awarded first place in Star opinion-writing category by the Texas Associated Press Managing Editors.
Lisa tends to be toward the liberal side politically but writes a good column and has a habit of writing about some of the local issues that create unfairness in the local courts and exposes political and judicial hacks. But when she ventures into broader concepts and ideology she is like many Liberals who become blinded by what their individual concepts are and do not consider the Big Picture. It seems they are handcuffed by the fairness concept. What I have found is that so frequently, THE PROBLEM WITH FAIRNESS IS THAT IT IS SO UNFAIR! What appears to be fair to one does not seem fair to another. With this is mind, Lisa wrote an article which was her column in today’s newspaper, and the title was:
Voters Have Good Reasons to Be Angry This Year
Here are some of the highlights and the points she was trying to make:
“In a new TV ad, Donald Trump claims the system stays ‘rigged’ against Americans. He’s right. But not for the reasons the Republican presidential nominee cites . . . The real rigging in this country is less sexy and, thus, less understood. It’s the game politicians play with the electoral process. From needless, discriminatory voter ID laws to high-tech partisan gerrymandering political system that lets the politicians pick voters, rather than the other way around. That’s not democracy. And that’s what we should be mad about.”
Former Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said that “Democratic success has to be built, earned and improvised every step of the way. Indeed elections are only one of the tools of democracy and building a mature democracy takes a lot more than holding elections.” Democracy is not so much about freedoms but more about responsibility!
So what does it mean when we have motor-voter laws (legislative attempts to expand the number of locations and opportunities for people to register to vote), judicial and legislative attempts to quash voter identification requirements and the actions of the Clintons’ friend, Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, who just “recently restored voting rights to 13,000 felons, circumventing a court ruling and defying objections to his earlier attempts from Republican legislators? “We’re not going to waste any time arguing about the old Virginia way,” McAuliffe, a Democrat, said while making the announcement. “Let me put this in plain English: We will proceed.” The move comes after Republicans and the Supreme Court of Virginia stopped his earlier wide-ranging clemency effort, an executive order issued in April that would have restored voting rights to about 200,000 felons who had served their sentences.
It means this: Here’s what the Liberals (Democrats) are doing—they are trying to get everyone all the way down to the felons and convicts available to vote. Why? Because they know these people will vote Democrat, because they promise these “voters” so much stuff—and so our voting public expands to include the most clueless of our citizens.
Of course, what they will tell you is that it is only fair. WELL, IT IS NOT FAIR. If a voter with no interest or understanding of the major issues and the ramifications votes because he or she is a one-issue voter, then that is:
To reiterate, democratic success has to be built, earned and improvised. Indeed elections are only one of the tools of democracy, and building a mature democracy takes a lot more than holding elections. DEMOCRACY IS NOT SO MUCH ABOUT FREEDOMS BUT MORE ABOUT RESPONSIBILITY! Remember that, otherwise if we continue on the present course, we will be absolutely killing our country, and that is: