When I get to wondering why the Obama's don't get the idea that Michelle visiting Spain with 40 of her nearest and dearest plus the government entourage it takes to accompany them, at our expense, doesn't sit well with the public when so many can barely afford to get themselves to the food bank, or we have the likes of Charlie Rangel and Maxine Waters facing ethics charges, I look no further than the state of Idaho as a starting place.
Today's mail brought the perfect example. A flier screams at me, Idaho Voting Laws Have Changed! Photo ID is now required at our polling place. Or - drum roll - vote absentee! Does anyone see the irony in this besides me?
Of course this is the state that in recent years saw the the election and following departure of Senator Larry Craig famous not for his legislative record but rather his rest room activities in Minneapolis. And Congressman Bill Sali who must have the cleanest feet around since one or the other was in his mouth so often. We mustn't forget the Aryan Nation folks who continue to jab at us and the fact that you can get a pass on darn near anything if you're a Republican.
I've been commenting on ideas in Net Roots: Online Progressives and the Transformation of American Politics by Matthew Kerbel. One point I thought essential in weeding out bad candidates and where Independents could make some inroads, is let no candidate go unchallenged. It's far from becoming a universal practice, but it might have saved Idaho the embarrassment of having Phil Hard running unopposed. Phil Hart believes taxes are unconstitutional therefore he doesn't pay them. He has lost case after case, is breaking the law which he has sworn to uphold and yet is on the state House Revenue and Taxation Committee.
To add insult to injury, the House ethics committee, unlike in DC where they've had the sense to have equal numbers of Democrats and Republicans, has a majority of Republicans since they are the majority party. So Mr. Hart gets a pass and even retains his seat on the committee. And they worry about showing ID at our polling place!
So here we are. Karzai is complaining about us again, this time for backing his own ethics people for removing one more corrupt official, the Muslims want to build a monumentl unto themselves yards from ground zero in New York while we agonize over political correctness and the President's wife and "friends" choose to vacation at a Ritz Carlton resort in Spain!
Does anyone anywhere "get" it?