What is a Demagogue?//

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 I was doing a little research for an article and happened to look at the definition for the word Demagogue.  I had always assumed it was just a person that did things a certain way or held certain beliefs, but after reading its true meaning, I find it is actually a pretty negative characteristic. Webster defines Demagogue as “a leader who makes use of popular prejudices and false claims and promises in order to gain power” and “A political leader who seeks support by appealing to popular desires and prejudices rather than by using rational argument.” 

 I don’t like to call names, but words and titles are descriptive. This one appears to apply to Obama in that he tries to steer clear of rational argument and rely more on appealing to prejudices. Continue reading

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This Missouri Congressman wants you to STOP COMPLAINING// or probably just to stop calling his office…

It sounds like our elected officials are sick of our input, or what they like to call “complaining!”

So it appears that three-term Congressman Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO) is pretty tired of all of the phone calls, emails and letters that he’s receiving from his constituents who want to let their elected representative know how they feel about issues, his job performance, you name it. That’s right, this congressman wants to do away with complaining! At least for one day a year. Sounds like he wants to have an extended Thanksgiving vacation where no one calls and emails complaints, probably so that he can have an extra day off.

This congressman has proposed and co-authored a complete-waste-of-time bill that would make the day before Thanksgiving each year, a no-complaining day! While I love that this is apparently focused on something other then helping Obama destroy our country and micro manage our health care, is this really what an elected official, on the public’s dole, needs to to be focusing on?

BigGovernment.com has the full letter, and more info here….

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Ira Trombley, Vermont State Assembly Member, sends unprofessional and harassing email to supporters of traditional marriage//

Ira Trombley-- Vermont Representative
Ira Trombley– Vermont State Assembly

On April 7, 2009, the Vermont State Assembly voted to overrule the governor’s veto and successfully neutered marriage in that state, allowing the state to issue marriage licenses to same sex couples. Marriage advocates who had organized to fight on behalf of marriage were largely ignored. The governor was ignored. The majority of people in the state were ignored. Yet, the damage was done. The state redefined this fundamental social institution. —Self Evident Truths

One would think that if you write to a representative, and that if you get a response, it would be courteous and professional…right? Well, so not the case with this guy. Check out this response my friend Euripides got from Trombley, to an email he sent about the marriage issue:

You must have a computer virus. Your email, below, is identical to others.
Why would someone in far off, sunny AZ try to influence a domestic issue in tiny VT?
Doesn’t AZ have an economic crisis to solve?

I did not like what AZ did to the housing market, but I did not bombard AZ with thousands of emails.

>>> 03/25/09 7:11 PM >>>
March 25, 2009
The Honorable Ira Trombley
115 State Street
State House
Montpelier, VT 05633-5501

Pretty rude, snippy and unprofessional huh? This is what Vermont tax dollars are paying this guy to do.

Euripides reports over at his blog, “Self Evident Truths,” that,

Other marriage advocates received the same type of email – a form email – from Mr. Trombley.

Yes, the message is the same as others. The thousands upon thousands of individuals all expressed the same concern – that the Vermont Assembly not make the mistake of neutering marriage. Apparently the message was lost on Mr. Trombley.Does Mr. Trombley really not understand how political campaigning and political advocacy works? (I am skeptical.) Does he not understand that each of these generated emails comes from and individual? (Of course he does. Why else would he bother to write me back?)

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Did you notice that Trombley calls himself the honorable? Interesting huh? I could be wrong but I thought that only judges got to call themselves that. We don’t even call the President of the United State “the honorable.”

Click {here to see Mr. Trombley’s bio}. In writing, he appears to be a quasi intelligent person and thus capable of considering the will of his constituents when he goes to vote, you know, the job those folks elected him to do, and subsequently pay him for. Yep, that’s right, the citizens  of Vermont are his boss! But he’d rather spend time drafting hideous form emails and mailing them out to all who wrote to him in support of traditional marriage.

Trombley’s Political Courage Test provided by Project Vote Smart, began with this little disclaimer:

Representative Ira Trombley repeatedly refused to provide any responses to citizens on the issues through the 2008 Political Courage Test when asked to do so by national leaders of the political parties, prominent members of the media, Project Vote Smart President Richard Kimball, and Project Vote Smart staff.

Not very cooperative and forthcoming of an elected official who should kindly remember that he works for the people, and should they choose not to re-elect him, that would be called unemployment.