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New Baltimore: Why so nasty, Dems?
A frequent criticism of the Republicans overall is that they come across as wimpy when compare to the in-your-face aggression of the Dems. That’s a gross mistaken impression because Republicans, at least real Republicans, aren’t wimpy at all, dear readers. Republicans are decent, have values, and respect one another and you, too! They’re not called the Right for nothing!
A frequent cry among most Republicans and Conservatives in recent years has been how the Dems run really nasty campaigns. Sure, the Dems are appealing to what the Democrat strategists perceive as the unwashed masses, they tend to reinforce the idea that if you’re poor, unemployed, not white, not college material then you’re a victim, helpless, and…stupid.. (and on closer examination, that very presumption makes the Dems even more corrupt and pandering). Perhaps the Dems perceive themselves as having to lower themselves and their campaign behaviors to the beastial level simply to ensure that they get all the marginalized votes. They presume voters to be victims, not dignified persons. Republicans, in contrast, have strong values and moral appeal, and in the long haul, represent that morality in the way they conduct themselves locally and nationally.
Now, let’s be clear: I’m talking about the “official” party approach to the campaigning, and I’m not including what privately run supporters might do on syndicated radio or other media, or in their paid political announcements. Most of those so-called supporters are supporting only one thing: their own agendas and don’t represent the reall Tradition.
In one of my recent articles I lambasted the New Baltimore country club that meets in the New Baltimore town hall. I noted in that article how the New Baltimore supervisor, Susan K. O’Rorke, and her minions, the majority of the New Baltimore town board are not what they appear to be and are all in bed together. (see my article, “New Baltimore: Coeymans’ Evil Twin…Part II” )
What I didn’t include in that article was the observation that in this central New York state region, the observations I made of the hypocrisy and nastiness of the Democrats in the area, including candidates, elected officials, and their supporters, generally fit the bill of hypocrisy and nastiness. You’d almost think it was a prerequisite to register Democrat.
(In fact, a recent visitor from outside of the area, noted how no one seems to smile…she was referring to a group of glaring local Dems!)
Now, I’m talking about how two major political parties present themselves, not how government works, and that’s an important distinction to be made. In all honesty and as a purely non-political observation, I’d like to make the following practical comparisons before I move on to a real-life example:
- Republicans are the values party; they lead the country in a direction of religious values and faith based initiatives. They advance positions of morality and ethics; they oppose, for example, certain forms of abortion, desecration of the sacrament of marriage, family values.
- Republicans, no matter how you feel about politics, support community and responsibility. Republicans recognize that our institutions are what make us what we are (for better or for worse, as well see further on in this article).
- Democrats on the other hand are indifferent to our established institutions and try at every turn to make quick changes (Obama’s chant was “Change”).
- Democrats are indifferent even hostile to reglion and faith, they advance “secular humanism”, they want to make everyone equal despite the fact that nature makes us different, they want to drive a wedge between religion and state (no Bible, no prayer, no God in public places, offices, events), they are the party of the individual as opposed to community.
Again, I do want to emphasize that these are my personal observations and you are free to check the facts for yourselves. You might want to go to a Democrat club event and then visit a Republican club event; make a comparison of how you were welcomed, treated, who spoke to you, etc. What they talk about.
Now if you look around your community, with the rare exception, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a “real” Republican in any of the public offices or key positions. Most of the so-called Republicans are RINOs (Republicans in name only) and have gotten into office by misleading the voters and prostituting themselves to get Democrat support. More on this later.
Again, if you look around your community, you’ll be able to confirm what I’ve been writing for some time now: Our communities are made up of three basic groups:
- Those in power,
- Those who think they have no power (and they’re wrong), and
- Those who observe the dynamics between the two.
Now those in power include their minions and those people who feel they need to identify with the alphas to ensure that they don’t end on their shite lists (see what I have to say about the Stockholm syndrome and victims in my article “Just a Friendly Reminder“). The tag-alongs get a false sense of security if they stay close to the gangleaders. Those who think they have no power and so remain powerless are by far the majority. It’s that majority who the third group, the observers and the prophets, call out to to mobilize.
In this immediate area, the Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk district, the town of Coeymans and the town New Baltimore we have a Democrat machine operating. It has a long history in Albany County, a shorter one in Greene County. If you don’t think there’s a Democrat machine running over you, just check out the party affiliations in the majority of public offices and if they’re not Democrat, take a closer look at how they vote or whom they support and you’re likely to find a Democrat in disguise, like a RINO. And what’s more, ask yourself something about how they behave. More than likely you’ll have to admit that even my amateurish comparisons hit pretty darned close to the mark. Don’t they?
So, dear readers, we come to the main point of this article, a real-life example of what I’m talking about:
A reader recently sent me a letter from a group in New Baltimore endorsing the local Democrats and several Republicans (the RINOs named in my last article) for public office. At first blush you’d probably say: “Gee, that’s really nice. It’s great to see people crossing political lines and actually endorsing people who can do the job, regardless of their party affiliations!” Well, you’d be too hasty with that conclusion. And you’d be dead wrong, too!
The letter is dated November 3, 2011, and is addressed to “Fellow Democrat.” New Baltimore residents Robert “Bob” Knighten, Judi Bensenfelder, and Ken Rebusmen signed the letter which starts off telling the voter, the Democrat voter, that it’s “an important and unusual year for our local government in the Town of New Baltimore”… but it never gets to tell us Why? it’s important much less unusual, because it describes business-as-usual!
But what it does tell us is that three RINOs are running as pseudo-Republicans, Chris Norris, Lisa Benway, and Denis Jordan, and the Democrat writers are urging New Baltimore voters to vote for them!
Writing about Chris Norris, Knighten, Bensenfelder, and Rebusmen get all warm and fuzzy, it’s a Democrat lovefest in honor of their very own pet RINOS, Norris, Benway, and Jordan. We get a taste for their aggression only a sentence on when they refer to the “Byas/Meredith/Finke troika.” A bit of background on this very simple but loaded phrase. A troika is a sled or wagon drawn by three horses but is a symbol of Russia, so the image is that Byas, Meredith and Finke are as unamerican as Soviet Russia, where during the Stalin era, a commission of three judges (a “troika“) would pass judgment. Mr Byas was not re-elected but Meredith and Finke were. But the point is, the Knighten-Bensenfelder-Rebusman troika was a pot calling the kettle black (a Democrat speciality, it seems). As the election turned out, Meredith and Finke, both Republicans in “good standing” were re-elected. Too bad for the Knighten-Bensenfelder-Rebusman troika. But don’t we refer to the Dems as the left? Aren’t leftists communists and socialists by nature, definition and politics? Go figure!
Moving on, that same letter then describes Lisa Benway, a RINO, as “a voice of reason and support for Supervisor O’Rorke on many occasions.” Out of one side of their mouths these citizen representatives of the Democrat party trash three residents in good standing, all Republicans, but now they have one, a RINO, a democrat running as a republican, who admittedly is “a voice of…support for Supervisor O’Rorke on many occasions.” Thank you, Ms Lisa Benway!
The writers then describe both Chris Norris and Lisa Benway, Republicans, remember, as having “earned them the enmity of the old line conservative Republicans who control the Republican committee purse strings,” and that they were not supported by the town Republican committee. Wonder why? Why spend money on people who are working for the other side, not that there should be an “other side”? But who cares, really. Why trash the town Republicans? And besides, it’s obvious that they don’t have the backing of their own local party. So take them, Dems, they’re yours already, aren’t they? What point is that, you ask? You’ve already got Norris and Benway in your pockets; doesn’t that prove your point…and ours?
The point that Norris and Benway are hypocrites and deceptive, that they are RINOs, that they are tools of the local Democrat machine. They’re loved by the Democrats but they still run under the Republican name. Sneaky, eh?
When we get to the hype and spin about keeping New Baltimore Highway Superintendent Denis Jordan in his job, we really have to try not to guffaw. The Knighten-Bensenfelder-Rebusman troika writes: “Under his leadership town highway department staff provide excellent, cost effective service…[he] has worked diligently with his staff and Supervisor O’Rorke and Deputy Supervisor Norris to control costs.” Drive along Hamlet roads and you’ll see how O’Rorke, Norris, and Jordan are practicing cost-effective management; if you fall into one of those potholes you’ll know. And how many times a year do you have to fill the same hole? How much is that costing? Cost-effective management? For whom? They’re controlling costs all right…sending us all to bankruptcy!
Cost-Effective Highway Management
à la New Baltimore, New York
Don’t Fill the Potholes!
You can read the entire letter at Knighten-Bensenfelder-Rebusman troika.
So, dear readers, what was merely an amateurish observation by a non-political community observer was actually proved to be accurate, factual, and true by the New Baltimore Democrats themselves. Thank you Bob Knighten, Judi Bensenfelder, and Ken Rebusman. You and Joan Ross and Bob Ross with John Luckacovic make our job so much easier, indeed!
My recommendation to you, Knighten, Bensenfelder, Rebusman would be to thorougly review anything you write and send out in future. With a little practice you might even come up with a pursuasive communication that pulls the community together instead of driving wedges, something you appear to be very good at. I’d also recommend that you choose your examples with more care; turncoats, hypocrites and the like don’t do very much for your own credibility.