I live in the state of Georgia. The state of Georgia is the “relatively” conservative state that surrounds the socialist state of Atlanta. We have had a bitterly contested run-off election going on between two Republican candidates for the right to contest with a socialist, er demoncrat, for one of Georgia’s two U.S. Senate seats. In all their advertising, which flooded the airways and ubiquitous direct mail, each claimed to be more conservative than the other. They both obviously were trying to appeal to the state of Georgia since neither was likely to get very many votes from the state of Atlanta, certainly not with that advertising slant.
I don’t watch TV or listen to radio, but my wife sometimes turns on a TV, usually for a cooking or homemaking show, and I heard a few of their ads before I left the room or got engrossed in a book and tuned out the very little she watches. Their ads were ubiquitous, each trying to out-conservative the other. Since I do vote in most elections, I also got lots of their direct mail with the same claims and counter-claims–each insisting he is more conservative than the other.
Of course all that slick advertising was wasted on me, even the little I heard or saw of it. I’d already made up my mind how I voted in the Tuesday run-off and did so months ago with no regard whatsoever to the advertising. My wife and I voted for David Perdue, a businessman, over Rep. Jack Kingston, who has served as representative for Georgia’s 1st Congressional District since 1993. Do I think Perdue will make a better senator? Not really. I doubt either man will make a “good senator” since such a thing seems to have ceased to exist.
The reason for my already pre-determined vote had nothing to do with the claims and counter-claims of the hacks that churn out ubiquitous political ads. I don’t know either man personally and don’t trust either one. Anyone who wants to go to Washington to suck at the public trough is suspect already in my mind and has little or none of my respect. The fact that Perdue and Kingston spent zillions of dollars to try to go to Washington and swim in that cesspool already had decided me about their caliber as human beings.
Despite the fact that I have never met either man–I did meet many politicians (including six presidents), and even a few public servants, in a journalism career that ended more than two decades ago when journalism was still a bit honest–I knew for certain which way to vote.
I’m not aware of any public servants these days and doubt there are very many left, anywhere in this country. Politics has become so corrupt, governments at all level so out-of-control and spendthrift–to put it mildly–that there can’t be very many true public servants left at any level. Politics has become a lifetime profession and it very, very closely resembles a couple of other professions in all their characteristics–prostitution and drug-dealing. In the case of politics, the drug being offered is vast quantities of borrowed public money, which never will be repaid, and the prostitution involves trading public money for votes.
There aren’t any George Washingtons around who will refuse a third term because of principle and fear of entrenched, too-strong government and politicians. There aren’t any reasonable economists around any more–certainly not in government–who will decry Keynesian nonsense and balance a public budget.
Given all this, then, why did I bother to vote at all, or have a particular interest in this runoff between Perdue and Kingston? It’s simple with regard to the runoff, Kingston has served 10 terms in Congress and that body has gone even more bezerk on his watch. Perdue has never served in public office. That doesn’t make Perdue pure. Anyone who wants to go to Washington at all should be suspect. But at least he does have that one glaring advantage over Kingston. What this country needs desperately is more non-politicians going to Washington and more professional politicians being given unceremonial swift kicks where it will hurt most.
Even if the non-politicians turn out to be inept, that might be a good thing. We don’t need any new laws or programs or regulations, we’re drowning in them. We need to repeal about 90% of the mess adopted just in my lifetime at all levels of government. Let’s send some amateurs! They can’t possibly do any worse than the professionals and they might even stumble on some improvements!
If Perdue also had served at least two terms in some public office, I probably would have sat this one out as well, but I went to the polls this morning!