Write 10000 times on the chalkboard:

I will NOT let myself get too excited.

I will NOT let myself get too excited.

I will NOT let myself get too excited.

etc.

WILL YOU?!!  And what’s causing this?

Z

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25 Responses to Write 10000 times on the chalkboard:

  1. What’s causing this is exactly what’s cited in the article.
    People are realizing which party is having the better effect on their living.
    What’s funny is that the party is benefiting in spite of its resistance to its titular head.

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  2. jerrydablade says:

    I stay skeptical about this millennial generation. They may in fact be turning away from the democrat party, but they are more and more turning away from faith. If they are increasing the ranks of the secular atheists, I’m not sure how much cross-over and values we share.

    I know this is anecdotal, but there was a baptism this past week during Mass. I didn’t recognize the young parents or their entire family of witnesses except for the probable grandpa. Don’t get me wrong, I’m glad they were there and that the child was baptized. Just wonder where they are every other Sunday – and these youngsters are one of the ones left with even a modicum of faith.

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  3. bocopro says:

    Roughly 45% of people who will actually vote will go Republican and 45% will go Democrat, and nothing except a catastrophe of cosmic magnitude will change that.

    The trick, therefore, is to convince the remaining 10% who will bother to register and fill out the ballot that one candidate, one party, one platform better meets their interests than the other.

    The reality is that most of ‘em will be single-issue zealots whose minds have been lockstepped by incompetent sources and false prophets such as late-nite comedians, crazy Uncle Bob, and their buddy Zack who was convinced by his girlfriend who believes what Daddy tells her.

    With attitudes and stereotypes already cemented into place, they’ll avoid even looking at flyers or posters or TV spots by the other side. They’ll hang up on robocalls and use literature for coffee-cup mats and scrapers to pick up “accidents” or dead cockroaches.

    Those precious few “undecided”s who remember to go to the precinct on election day don’t feel really comfortable with either candidate, either because they refuse to buy into the propaganda or they don’t completely understand the critical issues, or they have unanswered questions about hot-button topics they’ve heard about from persuasive loudmouths.

    So they go to the booth and make that final, fateful decision based on how they’re feeling at the moment, which might be good or bad depending upon what they had for breakfast, what song was playing as they parked the car, or if they got lucky the night before.

    In today’s world of TV pundits, social media, biased journalists, and annoying campaign tactics, Jefferson’s “informed electorate” is nothing more than a chimera, a daydream, an air castle.

    The billions spent on general elections could be put to much better use fixing roads or bridges or VA hospitals or cybersecurity. I refuse to listen to any politician during campaigns, from EITHER side.

    I’d like to see political campaigning limited to the 90 consecutive days preceding the election. No commercials, no phone calls, no mailers, no rallies . . . and THEN I’d like to see the Ds and Rs removed from the candidates’ names on the ballots.

    And finally, anyone found guilty of manufacturing “scandals” or falsifying records or deliberately hiding information which would influence voters’ decisions in favor of one candidate or the other should be banished to Aleppo, in perpetuity, and if they won’t take him, Vladivostok, then.

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  4. I privately tutor an 18-year-old in American history. Both of his parents are dyed-in-the-wool Democrats and adore Morning Joe, The View, and all things MSNBC.

    This young man has declared himself a Libertarian and flat out stated a few weeks ago, “The Left doesn’t make any compelling arguments and try to shout down the Right. But the Right does make compelling arguments. And this young man doesn’t hesitate to stand up for his views in classes at the community college here, which is hard core Left.

    Interesting….

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  5. Kid says:

    The left has been beclowning itself so much in the last year that I don’t know how anyone could call themself democrat and have any self-respect. The republicans are useless but the dems are evil. Trump is the only reason anything is happening. Bush had a republican majority for 6 years and the repubs accomplished jack nothing.
    Let’s get 90+% of them replaced by conservatives over the next elections.

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  6. geeez2014 says:

    Ed, so why are they NOW “realizing” this…it’s been like this for years. Tell us your thoughts…

    Jerry, I agree…..I was with a youngish couple from Germany for dinner last week…they had their 1 year old son with them and said something about his baptism…I asked “are you believers?” They both kind of smirked and said “Not really”……..I came so close to asking “Why the baptism?” They’re FABULOUS kids, he’s a vascular surgeon in Munich, the son of dear friends, and came to LA……..but otherwise, I feel for their lack of faith.

    Bocopro “The billions spent on general elections could be put to much better use fixing roads or bridges or VA hospitals or cybersecurity. I refuse to listen to any politician during campaigns, from EITHER side. ” I could not agree more.
    But since you don’t listen, do you just vote by party?

    You also said “I’d like to see political campaigning limited to the 90 consecutive days preceding the election. No commercials, no phone calls, no mailers, no rallies . . . and THEN I’d like to see the Ds and Rs removed from the candidates’ names on the ballots.”…which is how it’s done in Europe. Except the part of Ds and Rs removed?
    So, you say “No commercials, no ads, no nothing….” and now you don’t even want to identify their party?
    HOW THE HECK ARE PEOPLE SUPPOSED TO DECIDE IF THEY’RE NOT EXPOSED TO THE CANDIDATES’ OPINIONS OR PARTY!???

    AOW, at the high school, I know kids who are more conservative than their parents, at least they tell me this. Your story is a fascinating one.. I’d give him an A 🙂

    FJ…same to you!

    Kid, you say “Trump is the only reason anything is happening.” and that is DEFINITELY true.

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  7. geeez2014 says:

    I’d never heard Mark Levin say this before and I burst out laughing when I heard it a few days ago….he calls MSNBC MSLSD! 🙂

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  8. bocopro says:

    ‘Fraid I didn’t word that bit about “billions spent on genelecs” and “limited to the 90 days preceding the election” clearly.

    What I meant was no ads, no commercials PRIOR to the 90 days. After that, fire away, open the floodgates.

    As for how I decide, I refuse to listen to speechifyin by ANYbody. Instead, I just click up several sites which list how candidates stand on various issues which I consider crucial. Read about half a dozen of those and develop a consensus from them which gives me a fairly accurate forecast of what the candidate might or might not do once in office. If 5 of ’em agree on where a candidate stands on a particular issue, you’re onto somethin.

    As nearly all the founding fathers warned us about, political parties are dangerous. It’s a bit like identifying people by race — or gender — or church . . . or age.

    I tend to go with P.J. O’Rourke where party is concerned: “The Democrats are the party that says government will make you smarter, taller, richer, and remove the crabgrass on your lawn. The Republicans are the party that says government doesn’t work and then they get elected and prove it.”

    If we vote strictly along party lines, we get the government, and the laws, we deserve.

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  9. Kid says:

    I’ve always called election campaigns the seduction of the idiots. To me, listening to election ads to decide on a candidate is like walking into a Ford dealer and asking them what brand of truck they should buy. Campaigns are nothing more then demographics and marketing.
    If democrats believed large numbers of people were interested in withcraft, Nana Pelosi would be touting the witchcraft abilities of democrats.

    Trump is the only one I can remember that actually tried to work the agenda he touted during the campaign. Maybe Reagan before that. The rest of them are BS shovelers.
    There is a reason democrats talk to people like they are morons.

    Let me take a shot at the question you asked Ed. I’d say it is because the outside world, media, school, peer groups are pushing people into politics at earlier ages and in very annoying ways.

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  10. Mal says:

    This is exciting news, Z. Lets just hope we don’t get complacent or over-confident by not bothering to vote. That can and has happened, also.
    And kudos to the 18 year old that is able to think for himself and not be influenced by his liberal parents.

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  11. geeez2014 says:

    Kid, so where do you believe the average citizen should get his info before he votes?
    In Germany, every candidate who reaches are certain point (percentage of possible votes, etc) gets AN AMOUNT to run with. ALl the same. ONE AMOUNT. I believe that’s what we should do. And, by the way, it’s trillions less than our people spend in the aggregate.

    And I think when most Americans heard some people want to lower the voting age to sixteen, a lot of people WOKE UP. (hopefully!)

    Bocopro: Is O’Rourke still writing much? I used to ADORE him…that’s such a good quote, sadly.

    Maybe Trump will prove it CAN WORK!!!?? We can hope!

    Mal, Trump was hammering on that at the speech I could barely listen to five minutes of the other night “DO NOT GET COMPLACENT..>YOU MUST VOTE” he is SO RIGHT.

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  12. Kid says:

    Z, Look at their voting history. Agree on the money concept. As it is no one other than a billionaire or “outside forces” which include foreign governments, can run for President. Like imagine who pitched in to obama’s billion dollar campaign.

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  13. Kid says:

    Please insert “Or given a billion$ by “outside forces”.

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  14. 1) Ed, so why are they NOW “realizing” this…it’s been like this for years. Tell us your thoughts…
    Because for years there was little difference that people could see for themselves.
    Except when Bill Clinton rode the wave following Bush/Reagan.
    2) Is O’Rourke still writing much? I used to ADORE him
    He’s writing for an economics newsletter now.
    3) MSNBC MSLSD!
    We call it MSLGBT

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  15. Baysider says:

    Hope it’s true. Many are open to exposure to good ideas, as evidenced by MANY responses to Prager University 5-minute videos. Establishment education is all about indoctrination because it’s dangerous to have students learn to think. They tend to get critical of the indoctrination once the brain engages.

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  16. Baysider says:

    And Z interesting idea about the money in elections. Would it not also tend to form an ‘insiders’ club that others can’t break into? I remember how Obama sanctimoniously committed to McCain’s campaign reform bill, and wouldn’t do heavy fundraising. Then once he got McCain (Charlie Brown) to agree also, he zipped away the football and raised tons of outside cash. How do we prevent that short of some kind of authoritarian rule?

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  17. bocopro says:

    I believe O’Rourke is still on staff at the Atlantic Monthly. Donno if he has a regular column in any dailies or weeklies. Kinda doubt it. Think he likes writing books more than articles.

    When I want to know what some reasonably well-known person has said about something or other, I just run a search on it with the name and general topic. Usually find what I’m lookin for without much trouble.

    Used to have a book titled What Famous Men Have Said About Famous Men. Great stuff. Some lowlife stole it one day from the wardroom while I was on watch on the bridge. Edition I had isn’t available on line.

    O’Rourke, like all good writers, has that marvelous gift, talent, art — to capture, distill, and present in perfect Waterford crystal the amorphous, nebulous, elusive ideas the rest of us chase with ripped nets in the Sea of Futility.

    One of his quotes allowed me to find my niche in the commentary arena: “Hunter Thompson brings a lunatic genius to ordinary events, and I bring an ordinary sensibility to lunatic events.”

    Now, first of all, I’m a great fan of properly done chiasmus. Churchill was particularly good at it, and that one by O’Rourke is worthy of an Oscar Wilde pat on the back.

    What it made me see about myself is that I have this compulsion to look at things from different angles than how most people see them, and I have a powerful aversion to saying things the same way someone else has, or might.

    It personalized that old joke about the pessimist seeing the glass as half empty, the optimist seeing it as half full, and the realist seeing it as too big.

    Another of P.J.’s little gems is his “Not being a liberal, I have very little grasp of things that I know nothing about.” What an unerring shot at Jerry Brown, or Nancy Pelosi, or the ladies on The View.

    He has another one which capsulizes my religio-political philosophy: “There is only one basic human right: the right to do as you please, without causing others harm. With it comes our only basic human duty: the duty to accept the consequences of our actions.”

    Wow! That sums up the Magna Carta, the Sermon on the Mount, the Declaration of Independence, and the Constitution in one sentence. If we could live like that, we’d have no need for laws, or cops, or even government.

    And concerning the current state of affairs in Murka, especially where blacks are concerned, these two are in the 10-ring:

    “It remains to be seen which program will cause greater societal damage: China’s one-child policy or America’s one-parent policy”

    and

    “African famine is not a visitation of fate. It is largely man-made, and the men who made it are largely Africans.”

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  18. geeez2014 says:

    Kid, ..and I believe it’s so unamerican to have only rich people win office. That is NOT what our founding fathers hoped for, in my humble opinion!

    Ed, if we’d been awake to the difference, we MIGHT not be in the mess we’re in….you’re right about that fact.

    Baysider, it would only be like that if, as I said, a candidate didn’t have to reach a certain point…a certain percentage of votes…Do you see what I mean? The gov’t helps anybody who can reach a threshold which makes it viable that he/she could win. No, I don’t see any threat of ‘insiders’ in this situation…. I think it’s worse here.

    Bocopro…O’Rourke ROCKS…. Also, I will never understand classes of AFRICAN AMERICAN LITERATURE…We teach of Black authors in all lit classes….the fact that they don’t must make them racist, no? 🙂

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  19. bocopro says:

    Used many black authors in my Comp / Lit / Poetry classes. One of the most thought-provoking pieces I used was by James Emanuel, who never really got the attention he deserved, kinda like his poem here.

    It’s deliciously compressed, distilled, concise, remarkably metaphoric and symbolic in its word choices. Don’t think I ever saw a better example of what it means to stereotype than in those last 4 lines:

    The Negro

    Never saw him.
    Never can.
    Hypothetical,
    Haunting man.

    Eyes a-saucer,
    Yessir bossir,
    Dice a-clicking,
    Razor flicking.

    The-ness froze him
    In a dance.
    A-ness never
    Had a chance.

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  20. geeez2014 says:

    Bocopro….he’s 90 in this video………..very interesting poem, for sure. yes…A versus THE…fascinating.
    He was really quite hateful toward whites and moved to Paris, France finally because of so much racism here in America….he got pretty far, considering so much racism. Thank goodness.

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  21. Bob says:

    After reading the comments, all I can say is that I will not hold my breath waiting for the young in today’s economy to actually do some thinking. But, I will pray.

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  22. bocopro says:

    A rather militant but brilliant young black woman in one of my Comp II classes read Emanuel’s poem with much more feeling than he does here.

    Ne-vah saw him . . . [pause]
    Nevah CAN!!
    Hah–po–thetical [last 3 syllables in rapid staccato]
    HAWNT’n man.

    Eyes? A sawsuh!
    Yassuh! Boss suh!
    Dice a-clickin
    RA–ZO flickin!

    The-ness . . . FROZE him . . .
    In a dance.
    A . . . ness —
    nevah/had/a/chance

    Everyone had already read the poem before class, but she breathed life into it. She didn’t shout or gesticulate . . . merely recited it with feeling — and the rest of the class applauded her.

    She ate up Hamlet. And loved Lady MaBeth. Decided I was kinda sorta o.k. ’cause my wife is non-white. Tried to get into my drama class a few semesters later as a second-tier sophomore, but it was full, and the fire marshall was VERY strict about room occupancy — no more than 25, which meant 24 students and one instructor. Besides, it was a 4000-level class, and it didn’t fit her DGP.

    Heard later she transferred to FAMU right before Drop/Add.

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  23. geeez2014 says:

    I can’t stand Shakespeare.

    So shoot me!!

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  24. P.J. :editor-in-chief of the web magazine American Consequences. I subscribe.

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