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Bob Mace
   

Were it not for the bumper crop of yard signs blooming in recent weeks, many would be unaware that we are but a few short weeks from Missouri’s mid-term primary elections on August 5th. Without top offices contested we fixate on races like U. S. Representative, Missouri Legislator or County Clerk.

The Edge finds 2014 to be a year of political fascination regardless of the offices up for grabs. At some point over the past few years we’ve gone from having two primaries for two parties to having two primaries for three. There now appear to be the Democrats, the Republicans and then the other Republicans. The later comes as a result of the so-called Tea Party movement that seeks to limit federal government and move more of the decision-making and responsibility to the state and local levels.

That message muddles when candidates for state and local office campaign against expanding local government. The Edge often wonders if anybody else has drawn the logical conclusion that such, by definition, would be the natural outcome of their national movement’s success. Either these candidates don’t get it or they’re convinced that the national Tea Party movement will fail.

Missouri’s other election oddity is the anarchy caused by term limits for state senators and legislators. Limits protect we the people from ourselves: we might be too stupid or too timid to vote for non-incumbents.

The term limited stumble about in quest of politician jobs and now swim downstream to run against the young first-timers for county or city elected offices.Term limits are a lot like a company that runs an on the job training program with great success and then refuses to hire any of the graduates from the program.

Mark Twain’s friend, Charles Dudley Warner is the guy who said, “Everybody complains about the weather but nobody does anything about it.” Warner also observed that politicians make strange bedfellows; an understatement of the fact that politicians appear to make strange fellows period.

Hillary faced penury and campaigners strive to identify themselves as politicians - NOT. For some reason these government wannabes believe that wanting a job is a disqualifier for getting it. To The Edge that’s a lot like surgeons trying to convince patients that the best care comes from somebody who hasn’t practiced medicine before.

Circuit Clerks want to be County Commissioners, Former State Reps want to be County Clerks, Representatives want to be senators, governors and senators want to be President while Mr. Obama seems fascinated with the concept of U.S. Potentate.

Everybody claims to be a “political outsider” whether they are or not. Many in Congress are miffed by the President’s constant attempt to legislate by the fiat known as an executive order. Nearly all these guys staunchly defend Congress’ right to make laws while, at the same time, running exploratory committees in a covetous endeavor to become the executive orderer.

In a single local race, campaign literature proclaims that one candidate is qualified for the job based on experience as an assistant – doing a different job in the same workplace. Inferred would be that shoveling cow manure is the main prerequisite one masters in order to become manager of a dairy.

The opponent for that position claims not to be (as a pejorative) a career bureaucrat. This argument can be put in context by imagining that a person applying for a job as a bartender tells the bar owner that he should be hired, if for no other reason, because he’s never done anything like bartend before.

Blissfully,The Edge runs in CFP unopposed!


E-mail Bob Mace: bmace@cfpmidweek.com.


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