Political parties view voters as ‘useful idiots’

2 Oct

Here’s today’s COMMENT FROM AN OLD FART: Back in the day, the satirical magazine, The Onion wrote pieces that were just close enough to reality to be believable, but were tinged with a touch of the outrageous, so you really didn’t know if the piece could be believed. The staff is still writing, but real life has overtaken any satire which The Onion could produce

A case in point is the litigation involving Washington’s “top-two” primary.

According to the 2008 Seattle Times article, Supreme Court rules in favor of Washington state top-two primary written by Susan Gilmore, this is the timeline of the case:

Washington’s primary history

1935: Washington adopts a “blanket” primary that allows voters to pick a favorite for each office without regard to party label. The top vote-getter from each party advances to the November general election.

June 2000: The U.S. Supreme Court invalidates a similar system adopted by California. Washington continues to use its blanket primary, though, when U.S. District Judge Frank Burgess sides with the state.

September 2003: The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals overturns Burgess and sides with the state’s political parties.

March 2004: After the U.S. Supreme Court declines to hear the state’s appeal, lawmakers approve a primary that allows the top two vote-getters to advance to the general election, without regard to party. But it also included a backup primary that requires voters to limit themselves to one party’s candidates.

April 2004: Gov. Gary Locke vetoes the top-two part of the bill and leaves the state with the partisan system.

September 2004: Washington holds its first pick-a-party primary. It proves very unpopular.

November 2004: Voters approve Initiative 872, creating a top-two system, by a 60 percent yes vote.

July 2005: U.S. District Judge Thomas Zilly throws out the top-two system, saying it infringes on the political parties’ right to pick their own nominees.

August 2006: The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upholds Zilly’s ruling.

October 1, 2007: The U.S. Supreme Court hears the appeal of the 9th Circuit ruling.

Today: The U.S. Supreme Court rules that top-two primary is legal. http://seattletimes.com/html/localnews/2004289949_webprimary18m.html

Note, the voters of Washington voted for the “top-two” primary by approving Initiative 872.

According to the AP summary in the Seattle Times, High court rejects parties’ appeal of Washington’s top-two primary:

The Supreme Court has declined to take a new look at Washington state’s top-two primary system amid complaints from political parties that it interferes with their rights. [Emphasis Added]

Moi hates to go all Citizens United on you, you know the court case which says corporations are people. Moi, like Bill Moyers will believe that when Texas executes one. Since when did political parties have rights which supersede living, breathing voters? Thought so.

According to the Urban Dictionary, a Useful Idiot is:

Term invented in Soviet Russia to describe people who blindly supported the likes of Lenin and Stalin while they committed atrocity after atrocity.

Today, it refers to brainwashed liberals and leftists the world over (usually college students that aren’t necessarily idiots, but just misinformed, naive, and ignorant of facts due to being indoctrinated with liberal/socialist propaganda through their public education) who believe that George W. Bush has committed more crimes against humanity than leftist darlings like Saddam Hussain, Yasser Arafat, and Osama Bin Laden, and still defend Communism, the cause of over 100 million deaths to this day. http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Useful%20idiot

Useful Idiots” according to political parties, that be us, you know, “We, the people.”

The political and commercial morals of the United States are not merely food for laughter, they are an entire banquet.

Mark Twain in Eruption

Look at the tyranny of party — at what is called party allegiance, party loyalty — a snare invented by designing men for selfish purposes — and which turns voters into chattles, slaves, rabbits, and all the while their masters, and they themselves are shouting rubbish about liberty, independence, freedom of opinion, freedom of speech, honestly unconscious of the fantastic contradiction; and forgetting or ignoring that their fathers and the churches shouted the same blasphemies a generation earlier when they were closing their doors against the hunted slave, beating his handful of humane defenders with Bible texts and billies, and pocketing the insults and licking the shoes of his Southern master.

“The Character of Man,” Mark Twain’s Autobiography

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2 Responses to “Political parties view voters as ‘useful idiots’”


  1. If you want full-time work and can only find part-time work are you fully employed? « Comments From An Old Fart - October 5, 2012

    […] Unemployment statistics are interesting because one can “spin” them so that the figures whirl about so fast they are practically meaningless. Politicians and political parties like to “spin” numbers because they like “spin” and view the population as “useful idiots.” See, Political parties view voters as ‘useful idiots’ https://drwildaoldfart.wordpress.com/2012/10/02/political-parties-view-voters-as-useful-idiots/ […]

  2. Stacy Dash: Does ‘Black’ mean you can’t think for yourself and have no First Amendment rights? « Comments From An Old Fart - October 8, 2012

    […] Political parties view voters as ‘useful idiots’ https://drwildaoldfart.wordpress.com/2012/10/02/political-parties-view-voters-as-useful-idiots/ […]

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