I once was a card-carrying member of the Republican Party, and was even a member of that clique that met in smoke-filled rooms to decide who will run as candidates.
(Don’t make too much of this. I was an exceedingly junior member at theÂ district level.)
What I came away with from my brush with the Republican Party hierarchy was this: They. Don’t. Care. They don’t care about values (they have very few). They don’t care about people. They don’t care about policies. They care onlyÂ about winning.
‘Cuz it’s all a game to them.
Before I go on, I should tell you that the Democratic Party is exactly the same. ANY political party with enough members to have a ‘smoke-filled room’ is like this.
Okay, so where was I… oh yes, the game.
This doesn’t mean that the candidates that they anoint are game players, and not everyone thatÂ receives their support goes on to win nomination. But, ifÂ you areÂ a politician, support from the leadership of your partyÂ gives youÂ a decided advantage.
This is whereÂ YOU come in. YOUÂ do not need to accept the candidate chosen for you. YOU do not need to comply withÂ a pre-determined list of candidates. YOU can tell the ‘smoke-filled rooms’ that you do not accept their offer.
This means that ‘the other guy’ sometimes needs to win. Jimmy Carter was a backlash against corruption, and we needed him to serve as that backlash. Jimmy CarterÂ served as a message to the deal-makers that there is only so much that the American people will take.
I guess that what I’m really saying isÂ this:Â
Ask not from whom corruption comes.
Corruption comes from thee.Â
We’ll get back to our regularly scheduled program of rantings real soon now.