Thursday, March 13, 2008


"The moral test of government is how that government treats those who are in the dawn of life, the children; those who are in the twilight of life, the elderly; and those who are in the shadows of life, the sick, the needy and the handicapped."

Hubert Humphrey


MRMacrum said...

Seems in recent years it's based on who has the biggest paycheck.

Dawn on MDI said...

I have just made that quote my signature line.

PresterJohn said...

Bet those at the State House protest gathering voted Baldacci Democrap .... you get what you vote for.

And bet they'd do it again. Enough of today's Maine Democraps ... nothing but GOP-lite.

Don't mean to be unkind, but that's how I see it.

toklas23 said...

The alternative to Baldacci was Chandler Woodcock, whose social conservative views included putting me and mine back in the closet for good, stripped of any rights we've managed to scrape together.

And I'd vote for Homer Simpson before I'd have voted for him.

And that's how I see it.

PresterJohn said...

I will respectfully but vigorously disagree with that absolutely incorrect assertion.

Woodcock was not the only alternative to Baldacci. There was a Green and an Independent far more progressive than the Democrat candidate.

Today's Maine 'liberals' have nothing but a plantation mentality when it comes to voting. And they got what they voted for.

Just one guy's opinion.

toklas23 said...

yup, you're right and i stand corrected. Lamarche was clearly the most progressive candidate.

But until we find a way to make a third party candidate viable, we'll have situations like the Nader fiasco in 2000. In a four way race, it was clear that LaMarche didn't have a shot in hell. And a vote for her would have translated into one more for Woodcock. It was a chance I was unwilling to take.

And before you jump all over my logic, understand that I can see how imperfect it is. I wish LaMarche would had have a fighting chance even. I would have loved to have voted for the candidate that best suited my world view, and she was it. But let's be honest, she ran a shitty and mismanaged campaign, and never even made it out of the gates because of it.

So let's have run-off voting, or let's find some other way to make a third-party vote mean something other than a symbolic vote, and I'm there.

MRMacrum said...

People end up with the govenment they deserve as a rule. I agree with presterjohn.

And toklas, I agree with you. I have been wishing for a viable 3rd party since the Reagan days. But with the rules laid down, the 2 parties have us by the short hairs with their mutually stacked deck. They are willing to share power with each other but not with us.