On Corporate Sponsors

Corporate sponsorships are so much of life today. In the sports world, corporate sponsorships are found on arenas, stadiums, golf tournaments, college football bowls, and who knows how many more places. Wow – I miss the Poulan Weed-Eater Independence Bowl, which actually was one of the first to take the corporate road in 1990.

I image corporate sponsorship of highways in the future – especially toll roads. I can see it now – the next 100 miles on the Pennsylvania Turnpike sponsored by Home Depot. Save those toll receipts because for every 100 dollars in tolls, receive a $10 gift card from Home Depot.

Well – for the 2012 GOP race for the nomination, why not a corporate sponsor for each candidate! For starters, I have some below. Now many of you are far more creative than I am, so feel free to add some suggestions.

  • Mitt Romney – Waffle House
  • Rick Perry – Hair Club for Men
  • Newt Gingrich – Tiffany’s
  • Tim Pawlenty – Musak
  • Sarah Palin – The Money Store
  • Herman Cain – Little Caesar’s
  • Jon Huntsman – Mr. Clean
  • Michelle Bachmann – Coco Puffs
  • Rick Santorum – Preparation H
  • Ron Paul – Liberty Mutual

On the Widening Divide

History clearly shows that divisions and differences have dominated Washington politics for long than any of us have been alive, so what is going on in Washington is nothing new – but that does not mean it is right.

Political parties, whom themselves are dominated by special interest dollars, have a strong degree of control over the dutifully elected officials. The 2010 primary season for all 435 representatives and a third of the senators will soon be in full swing. Let’s say three candidates are vying for a parties nomination. Watch closely to see if a particular candidate is party-endorsed over the others. That fact says more than we think (and could be a post in itself).

I am sure you have seen TV ads from special interest groups hawking a particular position, but have you ever read a political party’s fund-raising letter? All are for the sake of raising dollars for gaining power, political parties and their special interest cast the opposition as villains while casting fear about America’s demise.

For self-serving purposes, politicians and special interest groups spew twisted half-truths and party rhetoric aimed at benefiting themselves, their party, and the special interests they represent to anyone interested in listening. It is sad that many voters fall prey because of their selective hearing and lack of information.

Listen to the continual beating drum as talk show hosts relentless attack the opposition as if they were satanic powers of evil. Unfortunately, these talking heads appeal to the uninformed that seemingly have an inability to think for themselves.

Although it is not limited to the current health insurance debate, lawmaker behavior serves as an example of adults disguised as middle school students threatening their peers as if club membership is at stake. Then again, others may describe current legislative behavior as a toddler screaming and kicking to get their way, which is probably a favorite lollipop.

Not all that long ago, the Republican and Democratic parties found common ground because overlap existed within the political spectra – yet today that common ground is either absent or minuscule. Today climate is about a party getting what it can when it is in control.

Not only do people who have sold their personal soul for personal gain dominate today’s political climate, these lost souls armed with self-imposed blinders and poor listening skills seem incapable and unwilling to find a solution outside of the political comfort zone.

As for we in the pragmatic center who want to do what is best for the country, we simply watch the continual battle of serving self-interests over America’s interests – Unquestionably, not an example of political grace.

Governance has turned into a sporting event with sides cheer their side and booing the other. No, maybe it is more like an event at the Roman Coliseum as sides watch the warriors against the lions as the hunt for the red meat, then leave with a smug sense of pride.

Instead of focusing on re-election, we need elected officials who are willing to make tough decisions to do what is right. Then again, if they did what was right they probably wouldn’t get re-elected. Maybe we (Americans) are simply getting what we deserve.

On Moderates and the Circus Tents

From the view inside the Democratic Party’s big tent one can see that many moderate independents have already left while others are working their way toward the exits. Meanwhile, on the other side of the parking lot, the partisans inside the smaller Republican Party tent are having a rousing time pushing out their moderates in order to redefine their party and their message. While the partisans inside the perspective tents do their thing, the real show is what is happening in the parking lot.

The Democratic door keepers are telling the departed that they will be sorry, but they are welcome to return. The Republican hawkers are barking “we told you so” and inviting the lonesome Democrats to come into the tent as “we will show you the way.”

Now shift your eye from the partisans to those leaving the Democratic tent. What are they doing? Yes – some are walking into the Republican tent to the cheering faithful. But wait … so many are standing outside – drifting alone and pondering the future. Will a party ever represent them? Will they turn to voting a party out over voting for someone? Will they turn into a discouraged voter; that is one who no longer participates in the process?

As conservatives distance themselves from RINOs while only accepting their money and vote, liberals are fighting with moderates in the Democratic tent  labeling them as closet Republicans. Although in-fighting within the Democratic Party isn’t anything new, their exuberance from winning in 2008 has taken a toll.

As predicted here, the Democratic Party either didn’t know how to capture the center or it wasn’t interested in doing so. Now, a year and a few days after an historic election, the political tide (as it always does) is changing. But times are different today than the past. The days of moderates in both parties are gone – the Republicans have made sure of it and the Democrats can’t manage a big tent.

Just because many are abandoning Democrats, these are not a sure-fire Republican votes. And for those that are, Republicans will have to learn that independent-moderate voters will abandon them without hesitation.