Cathouses & Casinos
One nice thing about being born in northern Nevada -- you get raised with all sorts of bawdy tales about gambling and other types of sporting houses.
At least I did.
Two rules my father (a transplanted New Yorker) taught me as a wee lad:
1) The House (in either type of entertainment parlor) always wins,
2) Neither establishment wants you to leave their premises with a single dollar in your pocket.
Whether by the free booze and disorienting absence of windows and clocks in a casino, or by the proffer of "some more fun" at the riding academy, unwary patrons of both enterprises are systematically depleted of their simoleons, as WC Fields might have said.
In reading Mike's excellent "Do It To Julia!" post this weekend, I realized that both the political party elites and their wannabe-best-buds in the commentariat are pulling the same old cathouse and casino hustle:
"You must disavow violence under any political circumstances. It's not the American Way."
In other words, stay in the ballot-bawdyhouse until you are of zero remaining use to us.
Don't educate yourself.
Don't draw your own conclusion as to the continued utility of the first three boxes.
In addition to being completely opposed to the historical record, this command from "sober voices" is utterly without merit as to even the upcoming 2010 election.
How many real Constitutionalists are running in 2010?
By my count, two -- Ron Paul for re-election to his Congressional seat in Texas, and his son, Dr. Rand Paul, who is running for Senator in Kentucky.
Am I missing anyone? I'd really like to know.
And please don't start with the Dead Elephant Party. They are in large part responsible for us being aboard this doomed ship today, and there is virtually nothing that could convince me that any national Republican figure is up to the task of restoring the Constitution.
So for me -- I'm taking what remains of my paycheck and leaving the sporting palace.
It's a rigged game, and there will be a LOT of broken hearts in early 2011.
The only way to win in either place is to leave with your wallet intact.