Fellow Tin-Foil-Hat-Wearers, I must confess something to you. Something that, as an arch-conservative, bible-thumping, gun-toting hick who hails originally from Nevada, I am somewhat loath to admit: I read Time and Newsweek magazine. Not regularly, you understand, it’s just an occasional thing when I find an article that I, using my free and independent (and therefore dangerous to liberal elites) mind that I can’t resist ripping to shreds that I delve deeply into the Forbidden Zone. I did such today and discovered an absolute gold mine of articles, each of which I will rip to shreds in turn in this post. As always, comments are encouraged (even though I get maybe two or, if I’m lucky, three tops, some of which are mine to begin with). So, shall we begin? Yes, I think we shall.
We go now to our favorite partisan hack of a commentator, Mr. Joe “Americans are Stupid” Klein. The article is entitled Tough Issues: What if we Gave People Real Choices and Real Consequences and let them Make Decisions? Now, upon reading that, I just about wet myself. Could Joe Klein have finally come to grips with what is truly ailing the nation as a whole? Could he in fact be delving into that as yet untapped resource known as the American People and attempting to actually come up with a fair way to assert our will over our self-appointed rulers? I dared hope for about five seconds and then, predictably, my hopes were dashed.
Klein seems to think that our whole “bottom up” set up is a new and revolutionary idea that we haven’t been employing for the last two hundred some-odd years with ridiculously unbridled success. Given who this guy is, I shouldn’t be surprised. Still, it does sometimes boggle the mind at how incredibly stupid Klein sounds when he tries to make himself sound smart. In the article, he mentions a Greek method of randomly choosing representatives to tackle the tough issues of the day and find solutions after talking with experts and collaborating. Holy secret ballot, Batman! That sounds like a great idea! Picking representatives to tackle the tough issues on behalf of the people they govern? We should implement that right away, don’t you think? YEAH! I say do it now…oh, wait…we already have something like that. It’s called the ELECTORAL PROCESS and it helps us elect REPRESENTATIVES to do exactly the thing that Klein believed (up until writing this piece of garbage, apparently) that the people were too stupid to handle. He did in fact say that we were too stupid to realize that we’d been given a (temporary) tax cut. I have yet to see such a thing on my paycheck, by the way. Week to week I get the same amount. No new cuts in taxes have allowed me to keep more of what I earn, but I’m getting off topic here.
The device that Klein mentions in his article is called a kleroterion. No idea just yet what the actual translation of that word is, but I’ll look it up. The K, as I’ll call it from now on, is basically a giant bingo basket full of balls with names on them that someone spins, and randomly picks out of the basket. The name of the person on the ball is chosen as a representative to join some sort of behind-closed-doors, unelected (the process is one of appointment by lot, remember) and therefore UNACCOUNTABLE commission set up by who-knows-who to tackle the tough issues. The irony in this is that the whole beginning of the article has Klein bemoaning the fact that our Might-be-Kenyan Moonbat has assigned blue ribbon commissions to study the very problems he now magically believes that the people can actually handle. In fact, that description above sounds like something the Russians had in the days of the Soviet Union. What did they call it? Oh, yeah. A Politburo.
Did you read that right? Yes, you did. Klein’s solution for deciding how to solve our big bad problems is to appoint an unconstitutional and unaccountable group of people who meet behind closed doors to make decisions without consulting the people they represent. Wow. Way to break the mold there, Klein.