The Objective Eye

"Every movement that seeks to enslave a country, every dictatorship or potential dictatorship, needs some minority group as a scapegoat which it can blame for the nation's troubles and use as a justification of its own demand for dictatorial powers. In Soviet Russia, the scapegoat was the bourgeoisie; in Nazi Germany, it was the Jewish people; in America, it is the businessmen."
- Ayn Rand, "America's Persecuted Minority: Big Business" (1961)

My Photo
Location: Los Angeles, United States

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

America Ditches Presidency For Triumverate

Now Playing: "Wanna Be Your Idol," also by Tomoko...

An unprecedented epidemic of States moving their primary dates earlier in the already ridiculously-long campaign season signals a trend that could change the very structure of American government: from an executive branch featuring a single President, into a Roman-modeled Triumverate.

Project this trend a few years into the future, say November 2012: As the Thompson/Giuliani ticket celebrates its re-election victory and prepares for its second term, the 2016 candidate rosters for each party have formed up, and by mid-March 2013 the primaries and conventions for the 2016 race are concluded and nominees chosen. For the duration of the 2012-2016 term, sitting President Thompson is joined, second-guessed, advised, critiqued, conferred at and consulted to, by pontificating, soapboxing, and as-yet-unelected candidates for the next election.

In effect, we'll have three Presidents instead of one.

I exaggerate only a little. Given the gravity of the times in which we live and the undeniable tendency of the campaign season to interfere with both the focus of governance and the motives of elected officials, the expansion of that season is precisely the opposite of what should happen.

How about scheduling all primaries after Marx Day, April 15, in the Election year? A nice way to sharpen people's political focus on taxation, that.

And we'd only have to listen to these clowns for 6 1/2 months every four years.

** Tangent **

Somebody once had a simple but valuable idea for a revision of the IRS's deadline: Move Marx Day from April 15 to October 15 - a mere two weeks prior to Election Day.

Ooh, you can just imagine the squeals of opposition such a proposal would provoke from the Kings of Compassion(read: pork.) Can you imagine the remedial effect it could ultimately have on the ratio of conscientious Republicans to RINOs and Democrat-Socialists in Congress? On the rate and/or form of taxation in America?

Boggles the mind, don't it?

An idea whose time has come, I'd say.


Post a Comment

Subscribe to Post Comments [Atom]

<< Home