TOGETHER WE CAN MAKE TODAY’S PRIMARY ELECTION REALLY COUNT
…or how to seriously fuck with the system
Tomorrow is election day here in California. I’m betting a lot of you have forgotten this if you ever knew it to begin with. Normally I do a long post about what’s on the ballot and how I’m planning to vote, etc. I’m not going to get into that much detail tonight. But I will tell you how to have a little fun tomorrow should you be one of the something like 15% of the population that will actually turnout to decide who will be receiving public money to make and enforce laws backed up by supposedly legitimate coercive force on our behalf.
It’s no secret that I’ve become disillusioned with our democracy in the last few years. It’s hard not to when you consider that many of our governmental policies are actually completely counter to polls of actual people. For instance, over 70% of Americans were and are in favor of single payer healthcare that would effectively eviscerate private, for profit health insurance models. Instead, we got the Affordable Care Act(known as “Obama Care” by “low information voters”, or as I call them—the stupid) which was actually written by the health insurance lobby. Or, take a look at the fact that we are now going to be in Afghanistan until 2016, but I digress.
I am still going to go and vote tomorrow for a couple of reasons. One, as I mentioned above so few people actually bother to vote during a mid-term primary that those who do have an outsized effect. Two, I want to cause serious trouble. That’s right. Strategic voting or even disruptive voting is what I will be doing tomorrow morning on my way to work.
Most of my friends know that I am an agnostic, meaning I don’t know if there is some God or gods or a computer simulation running the whole universe. I also do not KNOW that there is no God. Further, I seriously doubt that anyone else knows either. However, there is one thing on God’s(strike that) Green Earth that really does give me pause regarding this spiritual question. Irony. Sometimes an irony will crop up that is just too rich for there not to have been some devious comedian behind the curtain somewhere. There are usually several of these ironies that crop up in any given year. Now bear with me a little longer here, I don’t wonder into this religion area just so I can mix it with politics and irritate low information voters.
The latest of these little ironies comes in the form of the name of one of the candidates running for the Republican nomination to head the top of the ticket as governor. I say little because as these things go, it’s kind of cute but not really Earth shaking. One of the two candidates likely to be the Republican nom for gov is Neel Kashkari. Mr. Kashkari was actually an investment banker for Goldman Sachs. I know, right. Kash Kari and he’s a banker. Cute. This is the same Neel Kashkari who was appointed by one frightening, six foot-five, bald homunculus of pure greed, Hank Paulson, to oversee the Troubled Asset Relief Program(TARP) which was one of the teats provided by the Bush Administration to help keep the bankers afloat back during the collapse of 2008. Couldn’t let them suffer after nearly destroying the global economy, now could we. He’s an investment banker who oversaw a fund to give free money to banks. His name is Kashkari for fuck sake. Talk about a tin ear. Like I said, cute but maybe the atheists are right after all.
If you are still reading, you may be wondering what I meant by disruptive voting. Well, here it is. The other guy running for the Republican nomination for Governor to the great state of California is an Assemblyman from Twin Peaks(!), California named Tim Donnelly. Never mind that he is apparently from a fictional town in a half forgotten television drama, he it the Tea Party darling and he’s got the moderates(can we just do away with this fucking term please and replace it with corporatist already?) like Kashkari freaked out. They’re not freaked out that he’s from the Tea Party faction of the party though. They’re freaked out big time because this guy started the fucking Minutemen here in California!(I’m usually loath to employ an exclamation point, but I think that one was warranted.) The Fucking Minutemen!(Okay, maybe that one wasn’t.) See if you think about it, this guy getting the nomination to be at the head of the Republican ticket as the GOP’s candidate for Governor here in California would be like the party throwing a deep vein thrombosis while driving a Wall•Mart truck cross-country thereby jackknifing off the I-5 into that cattle feedlot above Kettleman City in August just after they started fracking on the shoulder of the highway using the last of the water in the Delta.
Here’s the situation. The Republican Party here in CA has just posted their lowest ever registration numbers in this state’s history. They are somewhere around 28% of registered voters. And only about 50% of the eligible voters in this state are even registered at all!(So yeah, that’s 14%. Exclaimation definitely warranted.) So there’s no way either of these geeks is going to beat Jerry Brown. With this in mind, tomorrow I’M VOTING FOR TIM DONNELLY. No, not because I’m some kind of racist who hates immigrants from Latin America and dreams of walking up and down the border of California fondling my gun while draped in some species of inappropriate camouflage for the desert. I’M VOTING FOR TIM DONNELLY because I love causing chaos in the ranks. Just for a moment imagine Donnelly gets the nomination. The guy who founded the fucking MINUTEMEN here in California?!(Probably unsupportable grammatically, but fuck-it, oh—and not the band either—they were great. I’m talking about the xenophobic, militia-style group of clowns peopled by jacked-up, wannabe gyrenes with type-2 diabetes and/or no chin whatsoever.) Can you even imagine the hue and cry that would erupt by November? Just imagine the endless hours of entertainment that could be derived from and otherwise unbearably dull mid-term election cycle. The outrage. The indignation. It would be phenomenal. And here’s the really insidious, strategic part; sure Democrats have much higher registration numbers then the GOP but they usually fail to vote during mid-terms. Now I think it’s because they are just too busy trying to get by to be bothered with a non-Presidential election, but let’s face it, the only people who vote are seniors, right-wing fanatics and religious zealots, so yeah—The Tea Party. Oh, and anarchists like me. But seriously, what could possibly be a better Get Out The Vote strategy for Democrats then having Tim Donnelly, the founder of the Minutemen here in California, at the top of the ticket for the Republicans? What would the Latino turnout be like if he were the face of the California Republican Party? Just spitballing here, but it’s possible that Republican House members in Congress from here in California could actually lose their seats as a result of this perfect storm in the making.
So join me and VOTE TIM DONNELLY for GOVERNOR at your polling place.