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