Virginia Senate election results (including for the 27th District race) are now final. Reason lost.
But the press confirmed my contentions of an apathetic electorate, a Democratic Party inept, effete and moribund, and a press happy with highfalutin moral positions but averse to coverage, exhortation or the sponsoring or organizing of debates. Nice to be a prophet in my own lifetime.
So few of you voted this time that perhaps a legal challenge to what makes an election will arise. If voter registration policy, candidate conduct and special interest influence and money combine to discourage 75% from voting, isn’t that a conspicuous denial of citizenship rights. But that’s as the minority wants it, however stunningly perverse it is. Perhaps our elected officials can say why mandatory voting isn’t public policy, and why apathy is OK, and why contorted redistricting not geographic representation should make voting a joke, and why candidates can make claims so utterly baseless that their mere expression signals profound contempt for voters.
Let’s use Mrs. Vogel’s claims as example. First, she claimed support from local Sheriffs based on a bill (SB329) she didn’t author and which didn’t pass, and claimed to help autistic kids based on a bill (SB1062) she also didn’t sponsor and that McDonnell, Cuccinelli and her party won’t implement. But there was nothing about guns, god and women’s reproductive rights (anathema to those who want a child delivered only to be poorly educated, obese and unloved thereafter). Why bother with real purpose when those dogwhistles are well-known to the base (our culture warriors did promise gun, god and more abortion restrictions promptly as soon as results were in) and there’s no point being honest about purpose if it wakes anyone up. Just ask Scott Walker.
And this election isn’t the conservative mandate Mrs. Vogel claimed. Fewer people (24,531), and only her base, voted for her this time, yet she spent some $500,000 (VPAP), 35% of what she spent in 2007, on a race where her opponents together spent about $1,000. Most voters but not this paper sat still for this. Conservative Republicans were elected when we’re worse off than 2007 because other papers thought more of pontificating than improving democratic processes, and Democrats had such tired leadership and no vision even their Sheriffs felt safe jumping ship.
Now we’ll see what jobs our culture warriors create that aren’t at McDonald’s but making things to compete with China and India. In the face of less federal spending and a Virginia budget shortfall of $1.5 billion, and with job creators, as Boehner says, “on strike” against Americans. Scary, but surely patriotic – put Americans to work only when they’re grateful for crumbs. And maybe more mining disasters, oil spills, Loughners, Madoffs, Abramoffs, and legislators who bring guns to the General Assembly and fire them accidentally are actually good for tourism.
Or do you think our legislature will help people die with dignity, be our brother’s keepers, take the drug franchise from Mexican cartels, prepare kids for work at a time of nanotechnology, gene-sequencing, Watson and commercial space utilization. In your dreams. Elected officials can’t get transportation right or vegetables, not tomato paste or ketchup, into school lunches.
Perhaps I’ll write regularly on the absurdities of guns, god and denying abortion as public policy, to do my part in challenging culture warriors that think the earth is 4,500 years old and Frederich Hayek should be worshipped as divinely inspired. Or maybe just re-read Lord of the Flies.
Thanks to those of you who voted against culture warriors. What are the rest of you thinking?
Donald C. Marro
Mr. Marro ran as an Independent candidate for Virginia’s 27th District Senate seat in the 2011