When Being Non-Partisan Leans Left
Being non-partisan is a tough job. One of the things we can be sure of, there aren't very many good politicians. But no party has an exclusive on good ideas or dumb statements.
Out of 330 million people in the United States, there are only about 542 that get elected to a federal job. Of course, there are several elected positions at each state-level office, fifty of which are governors and maybe 7,000 legislators. This doesn't count the elected positions that may be someone's dream job but still fall into more obscure categories like coroners – which is an elected position responsible for representing all the dead people (although ironically only alive people vote for them). With those, we're still under 10,000 people for the really important positions. I'm graciously counting the coroners as important positions because as you get older, you really start to appreciate that when you cross over to the other side, the person who is going to be the steward over your secrets regarding undergarments or birthmarks is going to be someone with integrity.
The truth is, whether they are welcoming a pair of undies into retirement or signing off on the next major legislation that decides how much carbon we're going to pour into the earth, these elite positions represent only 0.0003% of the population of the united states. That is like three 10,000ths of a percent if I know anything about the Arabic Decimal system (and if I'm wrong just correct me in the comments).
It really doesn't matter what the decimal terminologies are, being an elected official is a very special position and it's a very hard job to get. Especially considering that normally, to get the job, you have to do more than simply buy a suit for the interview or demonstrate that you have the right enneagram profile for the job. You actually have to raise money and follow rules on how much of it can come from any one person, and then you have to be interviewed by thousands of people – at least 33,000 on average based on the above figures.
And yet, we live in a country where Marjorie Taylor Green is one of those elected officials.
Yeah, Marjory the Christian Nationalist (although I believe that politics should start local, so I'd suggest trying Christian HOA-ism).
It's relatively confusing to see someone like Marge get such a select job. She didn't just win a primary or get appointed to a partisan position after the death of a duly elected predecessor. No, she ran an election and won based on actual votes. Maybe straight-ticket voters were her biggest supporters, but it is still astounding to see someone as intellectually lacking as her find her way into the Capitol (but to be fair, on January 6th of 2020, there were a lot of her type in the Capitol).
Marjory started in the business world, and as we know, sometimes business can win you the trust of the voters. Specifically, her last job before world renowned policy maker was CrossFit gym owner. Marjory's CrossFit gym appeals to meatheads and political science majors alike, but it was not her long-term plan. It was only a strategic stepping stone to congress, designed to shift her image from "conspiracy theorist" to "politically engaged entrepreneur and conspiracy theorist". This allowed her to relate to more voters, recognizing that while some conspiracy theorists have strange newspaper clippings pasted all over a wall in a dark room, some of them are just regular people who do tree removal or sell pillows. In her case, someone who teaches people to lift large objects and sweat out their politically charged aggression with a group of friends. The newspaper clippings are optional since the internet has made the whole process of conspiracy documentation far more simple.
And then she ran for office.
To give credit for where credit is due, Marge did work hard to get votes – by switching districts until one fit. I imagine it was no easy feat to change districts twice and even move eventually to ensure she had a sure shot at getting into office. Having first announced her campaign for the 7th district in Georgia, she promptly began her campaign for the 6th district (where she lived) only to switch it to the 14th district when the friendly incumbent announced he would not run for reelection. Fortunately for her, 74.7% of the voters favored her ticket, amounting to about 229,827 that voted for her. Perhaps she should thank her lucky gerrymanderers for making it possible.
But maybe she is smart. Maybe she was being strategic by waiting for the sure shot. After all, she is a business person.
Don't misunderstand me. I'm not trying to suggest that Marjorie is not smart. I'm trying to say it quite blatantly. Marjorie is the gal that said we don't want to move toward solar power because we don't want the lights to go off when the sun goes down, which is topped by her claims that the 9/11 attacks and Sandy Hook shooting were faked attacks.
The dumbest thing that Marjorie believes is that disagreeing with her point of view is an act of partisanship. For example, a couple of weeks ago, MTG filed articles of impeachment against Merrick Garland. She claimed that the attorney general was using his position to persecute a political opponent – by that she means that when Donald Trump broke the law, did not comply with a subpoena, and then lied about it to the federal government, it was unreasonable to blame him for it.
Just a couple of weeks ago, I received a similar comment from a reader named Leigh (who immediately entered into retirement via the unsubscribe button). In response to The Weekly, I see a comment: "You lost me at the comments about DTrump. I thought this was a non-partisan site."
Welp, thanks for the comment, Leigh. I truly enjoy the engagement – Leigh then left us.
Here was my response:
"It is indeed, Leigh. That means I can take a jab at anyone who earns it.".
What I'm saying is that regardless of party affiliation, if you have it coming, you have it coming.
Being non-partisan is a tough job. One of the things we can be sure of, there aren't very many good politicians. Perhaps even our beloved grandmothers are tainted by the yoke of office (Nancy Pelosi, at 82 is someone's grandmother and for my money, I'd say she's not the only one). Upon getting into politics, the most innocent of elders go from someone who needs your help crossing the street, to someone who should watch their back. Much like in-laws, good people become bad when they take on the title and they deserve to be cursed for destroying our nation (seriously, would you vote for your mother with that mouth?).
But not every idea is a bad one, no matter how far it leans to the left (or the right for that matter). No party has an exclusive on good ideas or dumb statements.
So if criticizing someone for using public office to commit crimes and then attempting to fraudulently overturn an election to retain their power sounds partisan then the only "sides" we are talking about are good and evil.