One of my pet peeves about politics since before my blogging days has been the inequities of opportunity for political candidates that choose not to run with either the Democrat or Republican party bumper stickers steadfastly adhered to their name. And unless you are already a Golden Boy or Girl of either political party -or- you happen to have a political demigod as a champion inside either party; your chances of advancing past the starting point of an election are slim to none.
There was a great example of that during the recent Democrat Primary where sitting US.State Senator from Illinois, Dicky Durbin used his insider political clout to force his former babysitter, Cheri Bustos into the prominent role as front runner as the 17th District of Illinois Democrat candidate for US House of Representative. Just as when they forced former Congressman Phil Hare into the role – we will never know all the dirty little backroom secret deals that were cut, to position Bustos to win the Democrat primary. If the media were the real watchdogs of Democracy they pretend to be – they would expose the corruption that allows such Good Old Boy tactics; that run wild in both the Democrat and Republican Party. But the Media has long been defanged and pretty much has phased into stenography journalism, where the only reporting they do is regurgitated press releases by the two major political parties. Don’t expect any real reporting or political watchdog protection from the decayed corpse of the media.
Former Democrat candidate Eric Reyes continues to find out just how badly the two parties stack the deck against competition from those candidates that party insiders deem not worthy. Reyes was one of the original challengers to Cheri Bustos for US House of Representative seat. He had the actual courage to publicly challenge and expose Dicky Durbin for his bully tactics on challengers to Bustos during the Democrat Primary. He then dropped out of the fixed race to run as an independent. Of course -as talked about in a QCOnline interview with Reyes- Independents find that the Scoundrels and Scalawags comprising the two-party system throws up political roadblocks to competition that chooses not to run as either a Dem0ocrat or Republican. It seems, while Bustos and Schilling only have to get 600 registered signatures to get on an election ballot – Independents like Reyes, must collect over 5000 to get their name on the ballot. Caution Good Old Boy Politics hard at work – because neither party likes a fair fight.
- The Defanged Dispatch Argus Media – She was my babysitter also (thescoundrel.wordpress.com)
- The Doppelgänger Muppet Effect of Politburo Politics (thescoundrel.wordpress.com)
- Let the Bustos-Aguilar-Gualrapp Debate Begin (thescoundrel.wordpress.com)