The Territorial Dispatch
November 1, 1996
"Now is the time for all
good men to come to the aid of their party."
That is a typing exercise
my mother taught me. We kids would watch in fascination as
her fingers flew over the keys of her heavy old Royal
typewriter. After that one would function no longer Dad gave
her a Remington portable for Christmas one year.
With just a little
practice she could type 'Now is the time....' etc. just as
fast on the new typewriter, only she complained that it was
too light... it "scooted across the table" when she threw
the carriage return.
Later on I discovered
people used different phrases to gain typing speed. Some
said "Now is the time to come to the aid of their country."
Others used "The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dogs,"
which made more sense to me because it contains all the
letters of the alphabet.
Now is the time for all
good men to come to the aid of their party.
I never questioned the
meaning of that phrase... I guess because I thought I knew
already. It was a matter of simple deduction. If you were
having a FUN party, you wouldn't need aid... so it must
refer to a political party!!
There are a couple of
them around that could use aid. On the other hand I have
grown into the belief that even "aid" can't save them
I wish I could come to
the aid of my 'party'. I'm a Libertarian and these are
frustrating times. Many folks confuse the 'liber' in
Libertarian with the 'liber' in Liberal.
Constitutional would have
been a better name for the Libertarian Party, but that's
pretty moot at this point.
Some pretty forward
thinking folks set up the ground rules for this
Those who drew up the
Constitution of the United Staes were descendents of the
people who had become discontent with power-hungry rulers in
the old country and came here to seek individual
The U.S. was a proud
country in those days.
Today it is frustrating.
So many people are unhappy with the way things are. They
just feel helpless.
Voters go to the polls
and vote against people instead of for people, as they
Laws are so complicated
that when we do get a chance to vote on them it is
impossible to decipher which way is the way we want to
Many people are
complacent and vote the way they always have... the way
their parents did... assuming that all is well; that
everything has always come out fine and will continue to do
But everything is not
fine. We're slipping right into Socialism. One single
election year cannot stop the problem so people get
frustrated and vote against a candidate rather than voting
their heart, mind and morals, if, in fact, they vote at
Government has gotten too
big... out of hand... controlled by a group of politicians
who exempt themselves from living under the laws of the land
that they impose on us.
We have a president who
lacks respect for his country and knows that keeping people
broke with low self respect is a way to keep control of
His opposition is a man
that has been a politician too long to be empathetic to the
concerns of common citizens. He may have great respect for
his country and better morals than his opponent, but it
seems to me that he just wants to be president because it is
his 'turn'. Because he has been in the government so long
that he hates to retire without first coming to the
More than fifty percent
of the voters of the nation are against Clinton... only 43%
of them were for him last time and that is less than
The problem is the
opposition is divided so their votes don't total over
Many of the nation's
voters are faced with the frustrating decision of whether to
vote for the candidate they think should be president, or to
vote for Dole in order to increase the chance that Clinton
can be beaten.
A famous American once
said "It's not whether you win or lose... it's how you play
the game." But playing the game... despite who wins, by
voting for Harry Browne, when a vote for Dole might help
defeat Clinton is "cutting off my nose to spite my
I think I'll wait until
almost time for the polls to close. If the race is close
I'll go ahead and vote for Dole; if not I'll stick to my
inward belief that we've got to start somewhere, somehow, to
straighten out this mess.
Either way, the outcome
is not fatal, and
Quote of the Week:
That which does
not kill us, only makes us stronger.