Percy Sledge, best known for his original rendition of "When A Man Loves A Woman" passed away in Baton Rouge, on April 14th, from complications of liver cancer.
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I was thinking the other night about all this machination regarding presidential candidates, money raised, how raised, and the morality of fund raising and the candidate's motives for seeking office. The long and the short of “it” is who cares, after the fact?
In parallel to the political seasons, I’ve gone through my personal debate about national politics for at least twenty years. I seriously doubt that my opinions have influenced more than five people, at best. That includes me, myself & I! Never once have I received a “Thank You” note from a candidate of choice unless it was mimeographed. Never have I been invited to an inaugural event or an audience with a newly elected and anointed public servant. And God knows, never has a candidate asked my opinion for anything more important that directions to the men’s room.
I’ve done a lot of things in my life. I’ve done a lot of journalistic things in my writing career. Fortunately, I have garnered plaudits – awards for my writing efforts from my peers. I qualify for sagedom. And even though, there has been no tangible pay off, I wouldn’t change a thing except, of course, a turn of phrase or the dramatic tone of criticism in equal measure to the subject’s transgression.
I’m concerned about the Republican party’s inability to understand that spending billions to get elected does not equate to being qualified to run the country. Also, just a side note – food for thought – If getting into the White House is the justification for spending obscene amounts of private money, what’s so different about public money being frittered away? And what makes us think that the “big spender” gets an epiphany at the swearing in and becomes miraculously frugal? ?
Rubio has a “rep” for spending large amounts of money that aren’t his to spend. See the Florida GOP credit card caper from 2010 reported by the Tampa Bay Times in February 2010. He stumped for the Senate, claiming Tea Party affiliation and talking up conservative budget and economic policies along the way. His political stand doesn’t support his personal approach to spending, though.
Finally, Rubio has flipped several times on immigration, while touting his immigrant roots. He went so far as to abandon his Tea Party partnership to cotton to popularity poll results. Recently, it has been pointed out that if he loses the presidential nomination, he’ll have time to run for his expiring Senate seat. It has also been suggested that he really just wants to be governor, which then might place him in a better position experience-wise to run for president again. Pretty clever/tricky, don’t you think? And think of all that free money spent on the red ball while angling for the black. Spin that wheel. The drinks are free.
Last, but not least, sadly, he bears a striking resemblance to our present emperor. He’s never introduced a single original piece of legislation that he didn’t sign on for, or endorse/co-sponsor. Not to be redundant, but Jeb Bush is a money player, and he has party connections. His results will rival Mr. Romney’s, also, for the same reasons Romney didn’t win. Out of touch, elitist, Bozo who travels with his family dog tied to the top of his vehicle. How many thousands of votes do you think he lost over that revelation?
Here at home in Inglis, I know that everyone is tired of hearing about the Recall petition. You probably thought that the entire issue was settled and gone. I sure wish that it was. Unfortunately, that ill advised, judiciously insufficient, fraudulent & defaming piece of community “action” is still alive and reeking ever more dramatically like a fine bottle of aged vinegar.
The leader of the Gibson cabal, told Judge Griffis that she had no money to pursue or defend the action she originated. Then a few days later, she showed up with counsel who then pled an argument based on Malfeasance. This was interesting, but the grounds for the recall petition was chosen as “Misfeasance” by the petition brain trust. Didn’t really matter much anyway. The judge ruled that the recall petition had no merit, was baseless, and has no grounds for recall.
So, now we’re on Chapter Three. The same attorney noted, has filed an appeal. This action was promptly ruled against by The Appeal Court and the lawyer was given an opportunity to come back with a pertinent law brief that might be applicable to this case. However, there seems to be a pattern here. This lawyer uses the “reach” theory for her litigation efforts. And there are no limits as to how far she will “reach” for an argument no matter how far fetched. We can safely assume, I think, that Gibson has paid this person more money. I only point this out because I find it really hard to imagine anyone else, with a lick of sense, would be contributing, good money after bad, to promote the expulsion of a commissioner, whose remaining term won’t be long enough for the matter to be adjudicated. After months of filing briefs and answers eats up the calendar it seems rather moronic to waste time and more money on a “dead as a door nail” purpose. You can bet that the lawyer is not about to tell the California Dreamers that fact. Oh, but silly me. This is Inglis. Can’t help thinking this is a bad dream instead.
In closing, let me say this. I look forward to coming back to Levy County to participate in the “recovery” stage of this smelly drama. I am saving now, to insure that I will have the plane fare. Gibson and the players who participated with her in the petition drive will be held accountable in a court of law predicated on applicable case law by professional, practicing, attorneys. It is a shame that one player, in particular, can’t be prosecuted for violating her oath of office as an elected and sitting commissioner. One good turn, she was soundly defeated in her re-election bid. She attacked a fellow commissioner over a piece of legislation she voted in favor of. And she damaged her town to the tune of thousands!
Here’s the score. When this plays out the costs incurred by the Town of Inglis will have exceeded at least fifty thousand dollars. Common sense deems it necessary to move to recover this money. Failure to do so, should at least be answered by a public policy notice posted on the door of Town Hall: “Any interested citizen, or transient, who is pissed at an Inglis elected official or a town employee should request a copy of the Inglis Insanity Guidebook with complete instructions on how to tie up the town in feckless legal entanglement, and possibly hit the lottery at the same time. Process servers take notice. You are in the right place. Thinking about running for office? This could happen to you, and it will happen again if no response is taken.
May the Summer Solstice rain lots of sunshine on your parade.