Letter to the Editor

Monday, November 1, 2010 at 11:33pm


All this talk about voting into office people who are outside the Beltway. Citizens want unscathed, novices to run for high priority offices. The "seasoned career politian" is a dirty word nowadays. I'm coming around and beginning to agree. It could not get any worse. For years I've heard, "throw the bums out". Now the chant is, "take back our government!". Ok, fine with me. Let's elect novices, ex-witches, quitters, tax evaders, liars, adulterors, and others embroiled in multiple legal actions. These are the people who comprise the exalted "tea party" movement. Let's hold these tea party candidates up to the same scrutiny and standards we had and set for President Obama. I want to see birth certificates, college transcripts, tax records, grocery receipts and a list of all personal and business associates since they were 18. Americans are relentless in cracking the human "code" and are expert at looking into every nook and cranny. No matter who we elect, as sure as the sun rises and sets, we'll spend every waking moment tearing them down, too.

Paul D'Argent
Nashville, TN 37209

Filed under: City Voices

80 Comments on this post:

By: Dwilso31 on 11/2/10 at 4:09

Are you the only SOB that the City Paper prints print? Sounds like you may be an employee. I am not scared. Dwilso31 @comcast.net

By: dargent7 on 11/2/10 at 4:46

wilso31: Comment on the LTE's content, if you can.
Ten bucks you're that old fool called "Old Sage" over at the other paper.
And you ARE afraid.

By: govskeptic on 11/2/10 at 5:57

Paul, thanks for the Election Day LTE. What would this skeptic do
without advice from someone so down on those who want to simply
stop the maddness in D.C. and across the country from the
self-righous, self-serving, egotistical Lords of Legislation? Since
the major media of the country has decided to pick the winners
and losers the obvious conclusion to me is vote against anyone
they support!!! Today, tomorrow, and in 2012. Thanks,

By: treehugger7 on 11/2/10 at 6:36

Amen!! Being an outsider just means you don't have enough sense to even understand how our government works. O'Donnell has already shown she doesn't know anything about the constitution. Just think what else she doesn't know! Scary stuff today--this is the real Halloween.

By: joe41 on 11/2/10 at 6:48

While we may have a change in the composition of the body politic in this election, I fear that there will be no change in the competence of our elected officials. I do not trust anyone whom Fox News supports because I sense they are only in it for themselves. I am really disappointed in our Congress. That includes Lamar Alexander. The only politician that I really trust is Phil Bredesen and I can't vote for him.

By: Loner on 11/2/10 at 7:50

Good morning, Nashville!

Congrats, Paul, you scored again...another fine LTE. Your missive is full of sarcasm, some may think that you are endorsing, "novices, ex-witches, quitters, tax evaders, liars, adulterors, and others embroiled in multiple legal actions". Of course, we know better.

Paul is right about one thing, no matter who wins today's elections, we'll spend every waking moment tearing them down, too.

Elected office isn't for everyone, you gotta be a wealthy masochist with an over-inflated, impenetrable ego.

With a prerequisite like that, the leadership pool is tiny and shallow.

By: Funditto on 11/2/10 at 7:58

I hate to break it to those who want to throw the bums out. It's not gonna make ONE lick of difference as long as greed runs this country. Hold your breath til it gets better with your peeps in DC. Go on, I dare ya.

By: dargent7 on 11/2/10 at 8:07

Glad to bring "the clan" back together.
At least on this forum I get only one or two death threats.
At The Tennessean, it's 5-10.
But, hey, how 'bout those Lions?

By: house_of_pain on 11/2/10 at 8:30

I'm already thoroughly disgusted with the ones that haven't even been elected yet.

By: richgoose on 11/2/10 at 8:47

Paul is correct. We are going to elect some very motly people into office. I probably voted for every single one of them in my jurisdiction, I did that because I sincerely that the Obama /Pelosi/Reid/Frank controlled government is the worst government my lifetime. The novices and crooks and fools we are about to elect cannot possibly do more damage than democrats and socialists.

By: AmyLiorate on 11/2/10 at 8:49

Morning all. Yes Mr. D'Argent, I hope we scrutinize all of the newcomers just as closely as the others.

Personally I'm very anti-incumbent regardless of the incumbents party or even their voting record. To say that the incumbent has been voting well does not mean that their replacement won't do just as well or even better.

The longer people stay in office the more comfortable they are. When politicians don't fear the people then they have no respect for the people. Without some healthy respect they tend to work against the people instead of for the people.

We should always refer to our elected officials as "servants", especially when they are present. They can't be reminded enough in my opinion. The more ambitious the politician the more important that emphasis is.

Both parties fill the seats of our legislature thinking the lobbyists are our middle men. When a politician feels more pressure from lobbyists than constituents - things are not likely to go well. The longer they are in office the easier it is for lobbyists. With newcomers the lobbyists have to work harder to overcome a mind that is closer to the people. It takes time for them to build new relationships and work out where they, the lobbyists, can be effective.

By: AmyLiorate on 11/2/10 at 8:53

Everyone, if you see an ad for Mrs. Black please click on it.

Doing so should bring revenue to the paper/website that we all like and it will cost Black a buck every couple of times we click on it. :-)

By: gdiafante on 11/2/10 at 8:56

Idealistic, Amy, but not realistic.

The roads to Washington are paved with good intentions. So are the ones in Hell.

By: BenDover on 11/2/10 at 8:56

I'll go down to the library today around noon-ish to cast my vote against Jim Cooper because he's Nancy Pelosi's Tennessee b*tch.

He plays to his constituents as a fiscal conservative... a blue-dog... but in truth when Nancy needs his vote he's there for her every time. If she's got the vote covered she lets Jim play pretend conservatives meaning that he only votes with the fiscally conservative district he represents on votes that don't matter... and as Turko would say, "It ain't right!".

Here's hoping David Hall and his grass-roots machine in the TN 5th pull one of the biggest upsets in the nation.

By: BenDover on 11/2/10 at 9:01

Looks like we may be running a little different software today. Hopefully they fixed the stupid paging problems.

By: Loner on 11/2/10 at 9:25

I had trouble logging in...had to log out on the previous LTE, then log in again. Seems OK now.

By: Loner on 11/2/10 at 9:34

Son of Cuomo is about to be anointed here...our 2 US Senators face weak opponents; the GOP ceded those races. Both parties hit the easy button.

If the House goes GOP, we can expect near absolute gridlock in Washington; the Republicans will throw a monkey wrench into Obamas political machinery. If there is a big shift to the right, Obama's "allies" may abandon him...trying to save their own skins.
President Obama may already be a lame duck.

By: gdiafante on 11/2/10 at 9:39

Gridlock is the only possibility. Regardless of the rhetoric, neither party wants to work with the other.

This is what happens when you put party above country.

By: Loner on 11/2/10 at 9:48

I gotta run...gonna vote for the Manhattan Madam for Gov. She wants to legalize Cannabis....she's got my vote. I cannot vote for Schumer or Gillibrand, if there is a third choice there, I'll choose it. I don't always vote on every race, I pick and choose....I do not vote along party lines.

BTW, I went as Willie Nelson at Sat. nite's Halloween party....worked great, lots of folks posed for a photo with "Willie". Got an honorable mention, but no prize...chicks with T&A costumes won again....as it should be.

I bought a Paper Jamz toy guitar at Walmart, for a prop. The "toy" plays all the major and minor chords...no strings...all by touch-sensitive sensors in the neck. I can't stop foolin' around with the thing...for $23 and change, it's a great buy, IMO.

By: localboy on 11/2/10 at 9:59

Nice column. Gotta love 'em all, winners and losers-they participated.

By: BenDover on 11/2/10 at 10:08

Gridlock is an improvement.

By: gdiafante on 11/2/10 at 10:12

Right, Ben. I forgot, the "hands off" approach is best.

Somehow, unemployment will cure itself.

Oh, I know, we can all pray.

By: AmyLiorate on 11/2/10 at 10:16

Yeah GD, but I think the fellas who signed that Declaration back in 1776 were idealistic as well.

"Always vote for principle, though you may vote alone, you may cherish the sweetest reflection that your vote is never lost." -- John Quincy Adams

I was looking around the website Sunday and noticed a lot of Drupal messages. I had seen some the other day. Surely the NCP is making software changes. I tried out Drupal 5 once, it's pretty good stuff, lots of features, it's free and works well. Fairly easy to customize.

By: yogiman on 11/2/10 at 10:18

Considering the mention of our 'newcomers' entering into congress being inexperienced, how much pre-election experience did the ones in there now have? They were all inexperienced. We need some new ones at every election. No one should be able to think 'I've got it made' when they sucker us into voting them in.

Everyone is inexperienced until they get experience. Even education doesn't give you experience, even if you hit that Phd mark.

By: Kosh III on 11/2/10 at 10:19

"Right, Ben. I forgot, the "hands off" approach is best.
Somehow, unemployment will cure itself.
Oh, I know, we can all pray."

Yes! Join hands with us Ben: "Our Allah, who art in Valhalla...."

By: slacker on 11/2/10 at 10:21

Billy Mays was selling Drupal 5 for $19.95. I feel cheated.

By: Kosh III on 11/2/10 at 10:23

Yogi said
"Everyone is inexperienced until they get experience. "

Right. Which is why with 12 years of legislative experience, Obama was better prepared than someone with only 4 years as Governor and 40 years as a drunk.

By: AmyLiorate on 11/2/10 at 10:24

Well, Loner may be in luck, I noticed that Gillibrand has competition from The Rent is Too Damned High party who is running Joseph Huff.


Though I hope Loner votes for John Clifton.

By: gdiafante on 11/2/10 at 10:24

I see, so now inexperience is the new buzzword. Let me guess yogi, in 2008 you were whining because Obama wasn't experienced...lol

Amy, the intellectual firepower of the founding fathers cannot be compared to beauty queens, witches and wrestling moguls.

By: BenDover on 11/2/10 at 10:33

Doing something often does more harm than good boys... especially when you are talking about government. Didja ever consider that maybe passing ridiculous entitlements and regulations that will f*ck up the whole insurance and finance industry and promising to raise taxes and further punish job creators for creating jobs might just have a negative effect on the recovery? Didja ever consider how it may impact the world confidence in the greenback and our treasuries? Obama the man-child has got 90% of what he wanted and it is having a devastating, yet predictable, effect on our economy. Slowing this movement down and offering a little stability and predictability is the best thing we can do for the economy now.

By: gdiafante on 11/2/10 at 10:39

Devastating? Hardly. It's always amusing how the party out of power thinks it's the end of the world. My guess it will be again in two years.

Man-child? Don't be so emotional. You can borrow my wife's Midol if you want...

By: Kosh III on 11/2/10 at 10:39

I thought the economy was bad because crooks are running Wall Street, banks are foreclosing without following the law, banks are foreclosing on property they don't even have the mortgage for, corporations are shipping American jobs overseas because they execs can get more money and screw the workers at the same time etc etc

But of course it's all the fault of the Muslim colored boy......

By: Kosh III on 11/2/10 at 10:41

What did more harm than good was starting two unnecessary wars which have cost hundreds of thousands of innocent lives, a few trillion dollars and sullied even further our already sorry reputation as an arrogant Imperialist bully.

By: AmyLiorate on 11/2/10 at 10:43

Why do corporations really ship jobs overseas Kosh?

By: yogiman on 11/2/10 at 10:45

Kosh III,

I have a stupid question; what did Obama do in that 12 years he was 'gaining experience'? Do you know of any of the votes he made? Everyone else would sure like to know then. The vast bulk of all I ever saw was; "no vote". Was he still gaining a little more experience to decide to vote?

By: gdiafante on 11/2/10 at 10:49

They ship them oversease because it's a conspiracy, Amy. Once all the jobs are overseas, the aliens can easily take over our country.

Haven't you seen "V"??

By: dargent7 on 11/2/10 at 10:53

K-3: Your post at 11:43am was right on.
I apologize for calling you an ignoramous 3 weeks ago.
....or was it only 2 weeks?

By: yogiman on 11/2/10 at 11:06

No, gdiafante,

I wasn't whining because Obama wasn't experienced. I was questioning (and still am) why he was allowed to take that office without knowing who the hell he was.

The Democratic party used two different forms to place him on the state ballots. The one for Hawaii was different than the other 49 states (no, there isn't 57 states). Why? And, also, the state's screwed up not making sure of his legality. They simply just took the Demon Party's word for it.

The EC voted him in without making sure he was legally eligible. Why? The Senate approved the EC's vote without making sure he was eligible. Why?

Under the laws of 1961, his mother could not transfer American citizenship to him, even if he was born in Hawaii.

why is he spending the money he is on his personal papers? What is he trying to hide?

By: bfra on 11/2/10 at 11:11

yogi - What is he trying to hide?


By: bfra on 11/2/10 at 11:14

d7 - Another good LTE! Would love to think, the outcome of this election will be the start of a brighter future, but that would be "pie in the sky" thinking.

By: AmyLiorate on 11/2/10 at 11:17


By: yogiman on 11/2/10 at 11:19


In your LTE you mention electing novices to our offices like; ex-witches (O'Donnell?), quitters (Pali?), tax evaders ( a bunch of them (experts)?), liars (Obama?, Gore?) adulterers (Clinton) and others.

How many of us (you included) have grown up in life and have never make one mistake we are ashamed of? No one is ever so perfect they are never ashamed of something they have done.

If there is, why aren't they up yonder instead of being down here on this hell bent earth.

By: yogiman on 11/2/10 at 11:44

No, bfra,

Obama isn't trying to hide me, he's trying to hide his past. He doesn't want us to know who the hell he is.

I'm just wondering; what are you pro-Obama fans going to think about when the truth comes out. It will, and I don't think it will be very far into the future.

If he was legally eligible to hold that office you would not hear the questions that are being put out today. When its legal, you get what you voted for. No excuse for the screw-up. Its you fault. Relax and enjoy (or suffer) it until you can get them out of office... legally.

This malarkey about him being our first black president is just that; malarkey. If he was legally eligible, why couldn't he be considered the 44th white president of our nation? He is, in fact, the first Mulatto person in the Oval Office (and you'll notice I didn't say legal person).

A person's race should not be the option of voting for them for a political office. It should be only what kind of person they are. what are they going to do for our nation? And the biggest question (for that office) are the legally, Constitutionally, qualified?

I think its pretty obvious we have many well qualified black American in political offices today, but Barack Hussein Obama is not one of them!

By: yogiman on 11/2/10 at 11:46

'Only a government that is afraid of its citizens tries to control them.'

'When you remove the people's right to bear arms, you create slaves.'

Is that why Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton are working to side with the United Nations in gun control?

By: dargent7 on 11/2/10 at 11:47

Sure, "yogi". I've made plenty of mistakes. The 1st wife, for starters.
But, I never had sex on a Satanic altar like O'Donnell saying, "I didn't know the blood was real", or QUIT a Governor's job, hald way thru, like Palin.
Both total loosers.
But, that's just me.

By: AmyLiorate on 11/2/10 at 11:53

OK everyone, Brrrk, Loner, BFRA, BenDover, BN, Slacker, House, all others, it's time we come clean. Yogi keeps asserting these points and we've done our best to use logic and rational reasoning. Not to just refute his points but even to see how verifiable they are.

Well we've tried in vain.

Yogi, I want to let you know that the couple of dozen people here on The City Paper, and the editors and staff of The City Paper, are all in on the conspiracy to keep Barrack Soweteo Hussien Barry Obama's true identity obscured. I'm sure you figured that out long ago but in the name of truth and honesty I just want to put it out in the open, I'm tired of being on the inside of this scam.

Yes, we've tried desperately to keep the wool pulled over your eyes. Heck, I won't say who, but one of the others was willing to go really far, but the leader of our cabal said no and thus you were spared.

Now these many weeks of tiring uber-spy and psyops work, we realize it was all for naught. You've bested us all with your sharp mind and superior level of reasoning.

We surely can no longer fool you and while we're still dedicated to furthering our purpose MUWAHAHAH, we will not disagree with you anymore. I can think of nothing else we've all agreed on as much as this one truth; obviously it would be foolish on our part to even try to steer you away one degree from your mission of outing the man in the White House claiming to have been born in Hawaii to an American citizen.

Since we've yielded to your indisputable claims and now even admitted our hand in this.. will you please STOP IT?

By: dargent7 on 11/2/10 at 12:03

AmyL: You should be on the Supreme Court or at least a as a walk-in on SNL.
That was poetic and right on.
Problem is, these types have nothing else to do.
So, it will continue.

By: brrrrk on 11/2/10 at 12:08


You forgot to tell yogi about the secret handshake......

By: brrrrk on 11/2/10 at 12:08

"Impress upon children the truth that the exercise of the elective franchise is a social duty of as solemn a nature as man can be called to perform; that a man may not innocently trifle with his vote; that every elector is a trustee as well for others as himself and that every measure he supports has an important bearing on the interests of others as well as on his own. " -- Daniel Webster

By: slacker on 11/2/10 at 12:18

I own Daniel Webster arse!
-The Devil