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Ignoring Politicians

Politicians want to tell people what to do.

My Fox colleagues are in Cleveland, diligently interviewing Republicans. Next week, they'll interview Democrats. I'm glad they do it—because I despise most politicians.

There are exceptions, of course, but after years of reporting, I've concluded that most politicians have little to say that's interesting, and many are craven opportunists, desperate to rule over others.

A few stand out, like former Congressman Anthony Weiner (D-NY). Like many politicians, he's never held a real job. He's run for office or worked for politicians all his life.
Weiner married one of Hillary Clinton's closest advisers, passionately pushed leftists' bad ideas and was a member of Congress.

Then a photo of an anonymous man's bulging underwear was tweeted from his account. He ended up having to resign from Congress.

That embarrassment alone would send most mortals into hiding, but not Weiner. He decided to campaign for mayor of New York City, and New York's Democrats even forgave him. Polls showed he was the front-runner.

Then came more sleazy stuff. He sent out naked pictures under the name "Carlos Danger."

A new documentary, Weiner, chronicles these events. "This really is a great movie," says Reason.com's Anthony Fisher. It illustrates "how sick this drive for elective office can be."

In the movie, NBC's Lawrence O'Donnell asks Weiner, "What's wrong with you?" Weiner doesn't even understand the question. O'Donnell elaborates, "you cannot seem to imagine a life without elective office?" Weiner still doesn't get it.

Maybe one needs to be sick to run for office. Weiner is a disciple of New York senator Chuck Schumer.

Schumer famously said, "I was born to legislate." This goes to the heart of the political sickness—the need to tell others how to live. As economist Walter Williams puts it, "I respect ordinary thieves more than I respect politicians. Ordinary thieves take my money without pretense. (They don't) insult my intelligence by proclaiming that they'll use the money that they steal from me to make my life better."

In the next weeks, as cameras record every utterance burped up by politicians at the political conventions, I'll take comfort knowing that when politicians can't force us to do things, people often ignore them (remember, government is force; this is why politicians are important, and dangerous).

Here's another happy story about people ignoring them.

After Anthony Weiner sleazed himself into oblivion, another clueless socialist, Bill de Blasio, was elected mayor of New York. De Blasio embraces every leftist cause. After the restaurant chain Chick-fil-A was attacked by Democratic interest groups because its CEO opposes gay marriage, de Blasio told New Yorkers not to eat there. He said Chick-fil-A spreads a "message of hate" and "wouldn't urge any other New Yorkers to patronize them."

Now, there's nothing wrong with a boycott. Boycotts are free speech, a way to voice disapproval without getting government involved.

Some craven politicians misunderstand that concept. Boston's mayor declared that Chick-fil-A was "not welcome" in his town, and some Chicago politicians said they would deny Chick-fil-A the necessary permits. After the politicians were told that they don't have a legal right to ban businesses because of things the owners say, they backed down. They just pushed the boycott.

When politicians support boycotts without using the power of their office to boycott by force, we get to see whether the public really cares what politicians think.

So at lunchtime recently, I walked around to see if (mostly pro-gay marriage) New Yorkers were honoring our mayor's request.

Nope.

Photo Credit: CAPAF

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  • Fizban||

    In honor of Fist.

  • Swiss Servator||

    *pours out splash of coffee*

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    I don't make comments on wiener movies.

  • Citizen X||

    [sops up Swiss's spilled coffee, wrings paper towel back into his cup]

  • Agile Cyborg||

    Patch the fear pit... the genetic gaping hole in humanity's heart is shaped like a politician.

  • Swiss Servator||

    "hole in humanity's heart is shaped like a politician"

    THIS is why Agile Cyborg is so beloved.

  • Citizen X||

    That, and the potential that he might, someday, introduce us to his supplier, who has the REALLY good stuff.

  • AlmightyJB||

    A documentarycalled Weiner. No thanks. Crusty can watch it for all of us.

  • Citizen X||

    Loder reviewed it a couple weeks ago. It actually looks pretty awesome, unless you're a Democrat partisan, in which case it is utterly mortifying.

  • C. S. P. Schofield||

    That assumes that a Progressive Democrat is capable of feeling embarrassment. Give that they are about to nominate Shrillary Clinton to run for President, I take it that they mostly can't.

  • Thomas O.||

    I'd watch a biopic... but only if Pauly Shore was in the title role.

  • Doctor Whom||

    This goes to the heart of the political sickness—the need to tell others how to live.

    This is why I dropped out of the activist community in which I was formerly involved. I have no interest in telling others how to live, provided only that they return the favor.

    (They don't) insult my intelligence by proclaiming that they'll use the money that they steal from me to make my life better.

    Many politicians, at least at the state and local level, don't even pretend to care about making my life better. Some say they want my money to serve their favorite mythological being, the collective whole. Others are open about wanting to give my money to their cronies or to the areas where the aristocracy of pull lives because FYTW.

  • Doctor Whom||

    I have no interest in telling others how to live

    P.S. For that, people have called me self-loathing.

  • Lee Genes||

    A man is likely to mind his own business when it is worth minding. When it is not, he takes his mind off his own meaningless affairs by minding other people's business.

    - Hoffer

    I could probably just quote Hoffer all day. He's absolutely appropriate for our current state of affairs.

  • Doctor Whom||

    One of my favorite books.

  • Cynical Asshole||

    For that, people have called me self-loathing.

    The fuck?! Clearly they don't know what the term "self loathing" means.

  • Rich||

    "What you do not wish done to you, do not do to others."

  • Doctor Whom||

    What I do not wish done to me, I will still do to others because FYTW I am on the side of the angels.

  • Quo Usque Tandem||

    That which you empower the government to do unto others, will inevitably be done unto you.

  • MoreFreedom||

    Your comments bring to mind the phrase "You cannot have freedom and the prosperity that comes with it, unless you are first willing to give it to others."

    So many are unwilling and instead call upon the government to take from others for themselves. You'd think they'd learn from failed states like Venezuela, North Korea, Cuba and the USSR. And unfortunately, many politicians see rich leaders of such countries, and want to follow in those footsteps to get rich.

  • ||

    The full Williams quote is even more delightful.

    I respect ordinary thieves much more than I respect politicians. Ordinary thieves take my money without pretense. Unlike typical politicians, these thieves don't bore me with silly explanations of why their thievery is for the greater good. Nor do ordinary thieves insult my intelligence by proclaiming that they'll use the money that they steal from me to make my life better than I would have made my life had my money not been swiped from me.
  • Tom Siedlicki||

    They will have always right, and we will always pay the tax ;)

  • Citizen X||

    Widespread loss of faith in politicians is the only possible decent outcome of this election, it is known.

  • Lee Genes||

    Not going to happen. Most people abhor liberty.

  • Citizen X||

    Yes, but those people need to be slapped in the face at every opportunity with the reality of their Top Men.

  • Rich||

    This.

  • Cynical Asshole||

    They'll just be convinced that they cost the wrong Top Men. They'll never admit that the system itself is corrupt beyond redemption.

  • Cynical Asshole||

    *...got the wrong Top Men...*

    Fuck you autocorrect.

  • ||

    Ignoring the AM Links?

  • Just a thought not a sermon||

    9:03???!!!!

  • NebulousFocus||

    So we're waiting on Fruit sushi?

  • Swiss Servator||

    MOURNING LYNX!!!!!!!!!

  • Mourning Lynx||

    Thank you! Good morning to you, too!

  • Rich||

    I think it's because Troy Woodchopper beat up the staff said some mean things in the Slogan thread.

  • Rich||

    *Woodchipper*

    *** gets ciffee ***

  • Slammer||

    Is this another 5/17?

  • Citizen X||

    Fuck!

  • Just a thought not a sermon||

    I've got thoughts not sermons backing up here! C'mon Reason, I'm like a cow that needs to be milked!

  • ||

    What an udderly tragic tale

  • Citizen X||

    My thoughts and prayers are with moo.

  • Swiss Servator||

    *fiercely narrows gaze*

  • Rich||

    "Hide! A cow's outside!"

  • Swiss Servator||

    *opera applause*

  • tarran||

    These masturbation euphemisms are getting a little too concrete.

  • ||

    * Breathes into paper bag*

  • Citizen X||

    These masturbation euphemisms are getting pretty abstract.

  • Rich||

  • Citizen X||

  • WTF||

    You know who else made things with human skin?

  • Swiss Servator||

    Buffalo Bill?

  • ||

    The Warty Pokebag?

  • Swiss Servator||

    No, no! That is made of...not made things with!

  • Citizen X||

    Every pregnant woman?

  • Slammer||

  • Don Escaped Texas||

    coffee and links: need my rituals

  • Don Escaped Texas||

    Does this crew have a presence on twitter? best follows there?

  • Rich||

  • Citizen X||

    Me?

  • Swiss Servator||

    Me?

  • tarran||

    Me?

  • Drake||

    Me?

  • But Enough About Me||

    Me. "Twitter is for twits."

  • Drake||

    Was somebody partying too late with Republicans last night?

  • Citizen X||

    Hitler?

  • Drake||

    I think he's hanging out with Erdogan these days.

  • sarcasmic||

    I blame the RNC for the lack of lynx. And ENB. Always ENB.

  • Auric Demonocles||

    Why, are the links going to be all about abortion?

  • ||

    *throws deep dish pizza at AD*

  • ||

    GODDAMIT THERE'S NO SUCH THING AS... well, you know the drill. Asshole.

  • Auric Demonocles||

    I went to Chicago this weekend. We ate at Giordano's Pizza and it was delicious (though the service was terrible).

  • ||

    Deep dish can be delicious but... IT'S NOT PIZZA.

    Next time you're here- Lou Malnati's. Def better than Giordano's.

  • Auric Demonocles||

    I have to go back in March for a wedding, so we'll definitely try a different place.

  • Swiss Servator||

    Malnati's is very good. Or Gino's East.

  • Tom Bombadil||

    It is pizza, but the pan is a dish, a slightly deeper dish.

  • ||

    Dang it! Now I'm hungry for pizza.

  • Citizen X||

    Hey now, be fair. ENB also writes about prostitution.

    And she earns major points for throwing shade at Fruit Sushi Soave every chance she gets.

  • ||

    It takes on new meaning when she says, "Problem- I'm late."

  • Swiss Servator||

    *stands to applaud*

  • Certified Public Asshat||

    She is being detained again.

  • Rich||

    Later, folks.

    My destiny calls me.

  • ||

    *hands three-bladed sword to Rich*

  • Swiss Servator||

    Have fun storming the castle!

  • Mourning Lynx||

    anyone want an apple?

  • ||

    That's right.

    Fuck off De Blasio and your ilk.

  • Tom Bombadil||

    Chuck Schumer:

    "I was born to lactate".

  • timbo||

    I have been staying this forever. The only hope for smaller government is for people to stop expecting things from pols.

    Public office must be ridiculed and scrutinized only if you want the public to actually become educated.
    Americans' problems are rooted in our robotic allegiance to these scumbag sociopaths every 4 years.
    We are stupid enough to think they actually are capable of solutions. Not one of them offers solutions because solutions to a house in disarray and in bankruptcy require tough decisions and pain(austerity).

    Since wimpy americans would never vote for that guy, politicians offer nothing.

  • C. S. P. Schofield||

    Throughout human history there have always been self-selected elites who strongly believed that they were placed upon Earth by Divine Providence to tell the rest of us what to do. Sometimes they have called themselves Aristocrats, and sometimes Priests, and now they are mostly calling themselves Politicians and Political Activists. The progress of civilization can be measured by the degree to which the common man can tell these pests to go climb a tree and make it stick.

  • AD-RtR/OS!||

    "Ignoring Politicians"
    If only we could afford to.

  • Hank Phillips||

    The platrorms are what matter, NOT the politicians.

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