Hate. A very harsh word and a very strong emotion. I try to avoid it as much as possible. I'm only human so I can't avoid it all together. For example, I hated it when my wife was diagnosed with breast cancer a few years ago. I also hate it every time the Rats in pinstripes ( The N.Y. Yankees) win a ball game. I don't hate you, Tom. Never have. Never will. I just dislike how you blew me off the way you did. We got off to a great start years ago when I called you an " Atomic Asshole" in my first E-mail to you. It's obvious that it would snow in July before we agreed on anything ( except # 58). You figured out that I wasn't such a bad guy and vice versa. I learned that you can disagree and still get along. We've had some good exchanges over the years. After my one month ban from the T.W. ( To this day no one will tell me what I did). You dropped me like a bad habit. That's fine. I just feel that the right thing would be to explain why. Not asking too much. To be honest I don't really care to tear into you like I do. Just my way to show I'm pissed at how I was treated.
Hater Al/C.W. 13
All good points. I will agree (in direct response to the main point of the article) that registered Independents should not be allowed to vote in Republican or Democratic primaries. I have been a registered Independent for at least twenty years, and have never taken advantage of the law that allows me to "pick a primary." I don't for the same reason I don't participate in the parliamentary processes of the NOW, or the NRA, or my local Elks Club: I'm not a member.
Neither the present primary system which allows independents to choose a side at their polling place nor their exclusion from choosing the major candidates is entirely satisfactory. I'm afraid Tom is incorrect in saying that for an independent to run is easy: " It's not that hard. Gather some signatures, pay a fee." I believe an independent needs a lot more signatures than does a party person to get on the ballot, and lacks the ready-made cadre of helpers to get those signatures. As to the 'party-free' primary system and its almost certain poor results, Tom might want to take a look at the situation in California, where such a system is in place and doesn't seem to have led to terrible choices.
Take a look at our Legislative District 14, represented for the past 7+ years by the current Speaker, David Gowan. The district is so Republican that no Democrat has a prayer of being elected, but if a reasonably intelligent and articulate Republican had run against Gowan eight years ago in a 'party-free' election our legislative history might be a bit different.
Some of us find ourselves agreeing with neither party on a lot of issues, especially in these days and times. I find myself agreeing with the Green & Libertarian parties sometimes, but that is as good as flushing a vote down the shitter. What do you suggest for an independent voter such as I? DC
The fact is Independents and non-aligned voters ARE a plurality of registered voters nationally with Democrats leading Republicans among registered party members. The curious case could be, after this election, the percentage of non-aligned voters will increase even more leaving a steadily shrinking pool of Democrats and Republicans to determine nominees for the rest of the voters to select from.
But Tom has a point. We have two candidates loosely associated with the major political parties (Sanders with the Democrats and Trump with the Republicans) leading or challenging in the nomination process. In a sane world (like the other western democracies) there would be other alternatives, parties where Sanders and Trump could stand for election. But these interlopers have instead stormed the party primary apparatus creating renegade movements and seriously distracting the parties they are disrupting. They should, as Tom would have it, go find their own playgrounds.
Let them eat cake.
This two party system is working so well we have the prospect of good Republicans (they exist) being forced to choose between a lunatic carnival barker, a greasy televangelist or, if the party chooses to implode, an unnamed guy who didn't bother to run in the primaries. Good Democrats have the choice of selecting between a Wall Street stooge and failed secretary of state or a Democratic Socialist.
I'd go with the Democratic Socialists but I'd bet on the Lunatic Carnival Barkers.
The best argument for an open primary where anyone can vote for anyone is the possibility that it could reduce the partisan extremism. Right now in Arizona the Republican primary is basically a contest of who can be more wacko. "I'd deport all illegals." "Ha, I'd shoot 'em." "Well, I'd shoot 'em and then deport 'em, and maybe all the poor people, too." If politicians had to think about the votes of sane people, not just the most rabid of the rabid, that might be a good thing.
I don't get the independent registration. What's the point? Find the party you most agree with, join it and try to make it better.
OMG! He said gals! We're all gonna die!
Just read that in my hard copy of the Tucson Weekly.
I would add that a brilliant scientist was killed last year while riding his bicycle by a driver who was texting! And the judge banned her from owning a cell phone for two years. Needless to say, the cycling community erupted into a worse rage than a The Donald rally.
Years ago, when Al Melvin was my state senator, he was working with Steve Farley to pass a law to ban texting and driving. And I sent him encouraging emails. Alas, it was to no avail then, Texting while driving turns lethal all the time. You would think the bonehead Arizona state blech-islature would do something about it. Make it a primary offense and have law enforcement enforce it.
Sorry Mark, but Tammy wouldn't know a job if he tripped over one.
Hilarious column. Great job, Tom. Love it.
You seem to be desirous of interest. Hard to get dislikes if no one's interested, no? Sounds like a win/win.
As for the prom, give it some. You'll reconsider.
Brad, I seem to interest you. Sorry, I already have a date for the Senior prom.
You still don't get it. It's the dislikes that amuse me. But, thanks for the thought.
What I am particularly fond of, is that you lasted all of one day and five hours "ignoring" Timmothy. Hard to be "the king" of slapping bitches if you get in the habit ignoring people, I guess. That's an idea I can appreciate, in arenas, and other places. You now have one like.
I love it when I bitch-slap clowns like Catwoman and get showered with dislikes. I know what you really dislike. The fact that in the arena of ideas he doesn't have a prayer against the king of annoying right wingers.
Obviously, you do or you would have ignored me like I'm going to do with you.
To many big words? What are you doing, sending it a message? Try TOO, genius. Like I said, soooo easy!!
Catwoman. It's been a while. Thought you got adopted by some snowbirds and left the state. Good to have you back as you're soooo easy.
13...what's the matter ? To many big words ?
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