Wednesday, April 4, 2018

When the walls come crumblin' down...

Two Republican candidates are fighting (one more fiercely than the other) to win that precious nomination next month. Democrat candidates are doing the same, although one seems to think she’s already won the nomination based on some weird statements on her Facebook page… not accepting a challenge to a “Lincoln-Douglas” style debate from the “fierce” Republican by asking for a “rain check” until after the primary, and trying some “smear and fear” stuff against the Republican incumbent.

Throughout the day on May 22nd, the walls between like-party candidates will start crumblin' down, and by May 23rd the losers of both parties will be “nicely” conceding and “throwing their support” behind the winners… “For the good of the party!” And THAT is the biggest betrayal of them all to you who voted for the candidates that didn’t win.

Does that make any sense to you? Me neither. The support a candidate gets in the run-up to the Primary isn’t really his or hers to throw. The support is people, and people aren’t objects to give away; especially without their consent. Besides, why would you vote for a candidate in November that for whatever reason you didn’t vote for in May?

And you can be sure that the “support” the losing candidates throw to the winners won’t include what’s left in their campaign’s bank accounts – they’ll just hang on to that for the next time or spend it on stuff that will be just barely legal under Federal campaign finance rules. Meanwhile, the winners whom you didn’t vote for will go on shamelessly begging for your CONTRIBUTIONS and DONATIONS “For the good of the party!”

May 23rd will be your wake-up call. That’s when you’ll know that you’ve been hood-winked all along into believing the false narrative that each of them will truly represent all of you if elected. That’s when you’ll know that for them, regardless of the nominees, the ulterior motive is what’s good for their party and not at all what’s best for ALL of you, despite your political affiliation.

Here’s a serious question worth considering:

Friday, March 30, 2018

This is why Shane Hazel won’t win the Republican primary…

As promised, my “review” of last night’s Republican Debate…

Debates like this bother me. Scripted questions, the “rules,” timed responses and rebuttals… it just comes off as political theater where, like in a movie theater, the audience is there to watch and be quiet. What bothers me the most is what the moderator of last night’s debate said at the beginning: “… a platform for the candidates to talk about what’s important to their campaigns.”

What about what’s important to us? I think in-person Town Halls are a much better way to connect with people during a campaign. No rules, no time limits… just let it all flow naturally, spontaneously. And it ain’t over ‘til all the folks’ questions are asked and satisfactorily answered.

Ahem… regarding last night’s Republican Debate in Cumming:

Rob Woodall, two thumbs up. Shane Hazel, well, to say “two thumbs down” would be a compliment.

I haven’t been impressed at all by Shane Hazel, even before last night’s debate, and meeting him briefly before it started and watching his performance during the debate confirmed what I had already figured out. Based on my observation, he comes across as arrogant, aloof, boastful, pompous – a bully who seems to think he’s the smartest person on the planet. That’s just not who we are, so why would we want a representative who seems to blatantly disrespect us? In my view, Shane Hazel is the personification of the lesson from the Bible’s book of James – “Pride Goeth Before Destruction.”

To wit…

The Republican challenger approached me before the debate and forced a handshake. “Hi. I’m Shane Hazel. Thanks for coming.”

“I didn’t come for you,” I said, then asked, “Do you recognize me?” (I knew he did.) “I’m Toddy Lentz.”

“Oh yeah,” he replied in that condescending way he’s got going on. “I’m still waiting for your phone call.”

And I thought to myself, “Say what?!? What makes you think I want to call you?!?” Instead, I just told him, well, rather warned him, “Do not bait Rob. Be nice.”

He said he would be cool, then just grinned an evil looking grin and walked away. That’s when I knew that Hazel was going to turn the debate into a full-on assault. I knew he would look for any opening to make jabs and take cheap shots. For Hazel, I presumed, and correctly so as it turned out, this wasn’t a Republican Debate; it was The Shane Hazel Show!

And so for about an hour I listened to Mr. Big Stuff take his shots while I got angrier with each one. Toward the end of the event, when the candidates were given the opportunity to ask each other a question, I finally reached my boiling point. Hazel’s question was the hook, the ultimate slap that he likely figured would embarrass Rob into finally taking the bait.

He began with a patronizing “Congressman… “ with a pause for effect, I suppose, then rattled off some silly “grades” of Rob’s performance. Then the punch: “Why aren’t you running as a Democrat?”

Wellllllll, that was it! I totally lost it! I sprang from my seat and went out to the aisle and shouted down Hazel for his grandstanding. I don’t remember all of what I said (I know I didn’t curse like Hazel had earlier in one of his responses) but it was worth almost getting escorted out by security to see the instant shell-shocked look on Hazel’s face when I pointed at him and yelled, “JUST WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE?!?”

But I digress…

Friday, March 23, 2018

This is what the Republican challenger for GA-07 thinks about Independents…

Apparently, he thinks we aren’t “qualified” to participate in political discourse.

When he replied with “How many signatures do you have to date?” after I kinda-sorta spanked his hiney, I laugh-spit a swig of coffee on my desk and was tempted to respond with “Um, say what?!? Surely you’re not turning this into a ‘mine is bigger than yours’ kind of thing?”

Then to further demonstrate his disdain toward an Independent, he didn’t delete this thread! (Well, as of this writing he hadn’t yet deleted it.) I guess he figures that he showed his supporters how he put me in my proper place. If this is how he thinks he can win debates, well, I sure feel sorry for him when he goes up against the incumbent in next month’s Republican Debate – Thursday, March 29 at 7:30 p.m. in Cumming. (I’ll be there, by the way, as an observer. I’m curious to know if either Shane Hazel or Rob Woodall will take one of my UNSCRIPTED questions. I’ll be the relaxed one – ball cap and blue jeans – probably in the back row, unless they recognize me and throw me out. If I’m allowed to stay, I’ll be posting my Hollywood-style review of the event the next day, so stay tuned!)