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'Or The Perfect Storm'

Just consider all the disorienting junk that you're now seeing on television and viewing online too. A person can hardly swallow the distasteful content whie pinching one's nose. Then also one cannot ever tell just who is the money behind these crude invasions of our privacy.

Yes, in far too many cases, during these sorry times of financial peril and political ineptitude, it seems that Americans just don't get it. All at once, overnight, there have popped up more independents and Tea Party candidates. It seems, in the world of politics, like a population explosion - or, more, now it strikes me, like a plague .

All this is happening with a backdrop of: war in Afghanistan; supposedly wrapping up in Iraq; fiscal confusion and recession; and an ongoing war on Mexican drug cartels and terrorism.

Plenty to worry about, and ample subject matter for candidates to capitalize upon. Particularly since, as in the 2008 presidential election, Republicans yet again practice manipulation of the electorate with fear their primary strategy.

So then, what of the alarming factor in this cascade of third party candidates?

We should have learned by now that our republican form of government doesn't tolerate third political parties well at all!

Were we British we could successfully compromise after the election results, in order to form a viable government that basically accommodates all the parties involved well enough to please the majority of the population.

But we not Brits, and in our United States such an idea would be constitutional blasphemy.

Our founding fathers - after considerable debate of Federalism versus State's Rights - came to a wise conclusion that they didn't care at all for the English system of Royally blessed parliamentary form of government. It was just such a tandem politically against which they rebelled in the Revolutionary war.

The subject matter of elections complicates our lives and addles our brains. And even a whiz kid would balk at the many candidates and ballot initiatives.

No genius I, so, having just personally delivered to the City Hall of Pueblo the ballots of my 92 year old mother, and my own, it was enough to have worked up a sweat, and in the course of filling out the ballots to have erred on one of our parts, by not staying within the lines. Both mom and I had been careless the first time round, and I, distracted by one of her questions, managed to vote both for and against one of the judges.

It doesn't exactly inspire my confidence since I'm going to be an election judge this year. For I realize many voters, like myself, despise the 'legalese' in those ballot questions.

One of the candidates in Colorado for Senator is Tom Tancredo. There's a lot of cash being doled out on his behalf, and, frankly, none of it adequately explains who he is, and what he stands for. The only recall I have of that name comes from my study of Italian history in the course of doing my family genealogical work. What follows is a summary, courtesy of Wikipedia, parentheses mine:

"Monarchs of Naples and Sicily" from 1189 to 1194.

"He was an illegitimate son of "Roger III, Duke of Apulia" and the eldest son of "Roger II of Sicily" King ger II, and of Emma, daughter of "Achard II, Count of Lecce " Richard II, Count of Lecce ". He inherited the title "Count of Lecce" from his grandfather, and is consequently often referred to as Tancred of Lecce. On 9 March 1161, Tancred joined his uncle, "Simon, Prince of Taranto" in invading the palace, detained the king and queen, "William I of Sicily" William of Sicily" William I, "Margaret of Navarre, Sicilian queen," and their two sons, and incited a massacre of Muslims. Originally, the eldest of these two sons. "Roger IV, Duke of Apulia" was destined to be crowned in place of William, but soon the populace supported the accession of Simon himself. Before Simon could put himself forward as a candidate, however, the rebellion had broken down and the people were restless.

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It's getting harder to decide in this election, mo... by Charles L. Riccillo on Tuesday, Nov 2, 2010 at 8:38:56 AM