Saturday, November 21, 2009

Communists and Left Wing Republicans

Here's a post with intrigue! A post about stupid politicians! A post that involves, at least indirectly, one of our beloved fellow bloggers from the great city of Key West Florida! I am speaking of the one and only Conchscooter of Key West Diary fame. A blogger we all know and love for his keen insight into politics, health care, Triumph motorcycles, Vespas and the general state of the world as it is. I am not being facetious. Through his great blog, many of us know more about the Lanes, eating establishments, tourist attractions, nude beaches, politics and other facts about Key West than perhaps we know about our own cities. Well, maybe there is not a lot of intrigue to this post, but there is definate stupidity on the part of a politician, and the story involves a neighbor of Conch's, that neighbor being the country of Cuba. Cuba is, of course, only a stone's throw away from the great city of Key West, or at the very least, it isn't too far away. First a little background. I have maintained for a few years now that there are actually 3 political parties here in Kansas where I live. First you have your Democrats who are vastly outnumbered by the Republicans. The Democrats are not always well organized or well financed, but they are steady and consistent. The Republicans, however, are divided into two camps. And the two camps do not always get along with each other. I'll refer to them as the Conservative Republicans and the Moderate Republicans. It is, of course, a philosophical impossibility to be a Left Wing Republican. The Conservatives are fiercely aligned with various social issues such as abortion, the death penalty, the teaching of evolution and a distrust of big government. I say fiercely aligned, because to them, sometimes, it's their way or the highway. Even If the person they are arguing with is a fellow Republican. Kansas is a very red state. Yet, for the last 8 years, we have had a Democratic governor largely because, in my opinion, the 2 factions of the Republican party could not agree to support the same candidate. The current situation is that we have a Senator that is retiring from the Senate at the end of his next term. Two of our present US representatives, both Republicans, are vying for the Senate seat being vacated. The Senate seat is expected to be won in the primary as the Democratic candidate is not expected to be much of a factor. Here's the deal. One of them is a Conservative, the other very much a Moderate. The battle lines have been drawn. The Moderate is an early leader in the polls, supposedly with a 10-15 point margin. The moderate has raised more money for his campaign and it is starting to look bad for the Conservative. You would think that in the interest of party unity, the Conservative might just resign and throw his support to his opponent. But this is Kansas. The concept of unity in the Republican party does not exist, at least not happily. So what does the Conservative do? His campaign managers send out an Email to many of their supporters that says, in the title of the Email, that the Moderate candidate has been endorsed for the Senate seat by the Communist Party of the USA! . ????? . Upon checking with the Communist Party, they deny the endorsement and go on to say that they never endorse any Republican or Democrat for office because they like to try and find their own candidates. Makes sense to me. So what gives here?
Well, as it turns out, the Moderate candidate is one of approximately 170 other congressmen that are co-sponsoring a bill that in part is designed to ease travel restrictions between the good old USA and Cuba.
Ah yes, those Communists in Cuba! ..........................Bastards!
Guilt by association and inuendo! The politics of Fear! Who knows. It just might work!
Of course, the Moderate candidate is no more a Communist than you or I.
This is also notwithstanding the fact that many people think that the way we treat Cuba and attempt to isolate it probably does more to keep the Communists in power there than any other action we might take.
Hell, I don't know about all the details of the bill, nor do I really care. I am just amazed that some politicians think they can get away with crap like this. I hope, in a way, that this is unique to Kansas politicians but I am pretty sure it is not. Which is sort of sad.
They say that some people should not be allowed to breed. Others should not become politicians. Perhaps, sometimes, certain politicians should not be allowed to breed.
I certainly cannot begin to understand what they expected to accomplish with this Email. I would hope that most people would be able to see through this kind of bullshit politics. It would be really sad If I was wrong about that.
But Conch, I want to sincerely thank you! For defending our freedom from the tyranny of the Communists that live so close to you. I cannot begin to adequately express my appreciation for the dangers you and your fellow Key West citizens must face each and every day from the menace just a few miles from your shores. I, here in the midwest, am so thankful that you have so steadfastly maintained a vigil to keep the rest of us protected from the dangers of the nation that means nothing but harm for us in the good old USA. I am indebted to you and your fellow citizens in Key West. You have my deepest respect and gratitude! Besides that, you have a Kick Ass blog!


  1. re: "This is also notwithstanding the fact that many people think that the way we treat Cuba and attempt to isolate it probably does more to keep the Communists in power there than any other action we might take."

    Right on target. Very good post!

  2. Dear CPA3485 (Jimbo):

    Write a letter to the Republican Party chairman claiming you are embarrassed by the situation and that you will not make a contribution to the GOP until the issue is resolved.

    In the same letter or a different one, explain that while you have strong personal beliefs regarding abortion or healthcare, that these are secondary when it comes to jobs and the nation's financial stability. So as a result, you and other voters of your ilk will only respond to political messages tha deal directly with providing jobs in the private sector. If none of those are forthcoming, it may be necessary to change your party affiliation.

    Finally, you can advise the Republican Party chairman that it is in his best interest to assure the voters that the GOP is working on a candidate, a plaform, and a message... And to prove it by pulling his head out of his ass.

    If you are feeling very generous, I can write the Democratic Party Chairman and tell him that he is needed in Washington to pull the President's head out of Nancy Pelosi's ass.

    Fondest regards,
    Jack • reep • Toad
    Twisted Roads

  3. That should have read, "If you are feeling generous, you can write ..."

    I write them all the time.


  4. Dude you make me blush. The Conch Republic Navy defends Key West every year throwing Cuban bread at the US Coastguard and I'm pretty sure they'd do the same if the Cubans tried a landing. Mind you, if Cuba took over the Keys we'd get free health care wouldn't we? Hmmm.
    In any event I am glad to hear the republican party in kansas has adopted the democrat tactic of forming circular firing squads. t's easily the best way to lose elections. Check out what happened in New york when the republicans squabbled and a dmeocrat won? Cool, huh?

  5. I'm from Chicago. They call us the "Windy" City. It's original label was because of all the air and wind that the politicians produced!

  6. Komet,
    Don't know how on target it is, but it sure is dumb to imply someone is a communist when they certainly know they are not.
    Thanks for stopping by and reading my "stuff"

  7. Jack, "toad"
    Since I do not consider myself much of a republican or a democrat, How 'bout we just write both party chairman and remind them that there are more important things going on in the world than getting re-elected.
    There are crazies in both parties. I have bene known to occasionally write letters to the editor of the local paper. Maybe I should do that again soon. There have already been letters and cartoons about this very incident.
    As always, thanks for stopping by and putting up with my rants.

  8. Conch,
    I love it, free health care when Cuba takes over. I guess I just like to rant sometimes because I think I am surrounded by "nuts" that pass as politicians.
    And you do have a Kick Ass blog!

  9. Sharon,
    I guess that our current President is a product of that Chicago system. I do like him, though. We sure left him one helluva mess to deal with. I still hope he can find a way to get around some of the "old boy" stuff that is going on in Washington. I am beginning to have my doubts, but like "Casey at the Bat" hope springs eternal.
    Thanks for stopping by,