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This Is About Controlling the Deplorables.
April 20, 2020

The Morning Rant

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I think I can say, without fear of contradiction, that the founders of this country never anticipated that elected federal officials would hang around forever. I think they thought elected officials would serve one or two terms and then go back home and get on with their lives. But here we are in 2020, and I've been seeing some of these same faces on TV and in print media for decades. And if you're curious about party breakdown, 17 out of the top 25 longest serving senators are, get this, Democrats. In the House, of the 29 members who have served for 40 or more years, 24 have been Democrats.

With some of these guys, it's like those African countries who are ruled by a guy who gets elected one time and is then president-for-life.

So I'm all for term limits. Bring 'em on. What's good enough for the President is good enough for Congress.

But I do have questions about what it's going to look like. If everybody has to go home early, won't this create a class of entrenched functionaries and bureaucrats that know how things are supposed to work? I suppose we can get rid of them, too, but it seems terribly inefficient to have to relearn the same stuff every few years when new people are brought in.

We're all concerned about the Deep State, but it seems like term limits is going to entrench a deep state even more solidly as those with the institutional knowledge are going to be staying put through multiple terms. You may not have 30 or 40 year congressmen, but you'll have 30 or 40 year bureaucrats. who, as we saw in the shampeachment debacle, get mighty testy when things don't go the way they think they should. It's like they thought they, and not the president, were the ones whose job it was to set executive branch policy.

It was very disturbing to watch. I kept thinking, who are those people? I don't remember them being elected.

So I'm afraid that's just going to get worse.

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The Way We Live Now:

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A Mask Design For Morons:

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Wednesday's celebs: When I was a kid, my parents took the family to one of their friends' house where they talked and drank and left us to fend for ourselves. We quickly got bored and started flipping through the TV channels and found a channel that was showing a 1955 science fiction movie called This Island Earth. And being all of about 8 years old, I thought it was really cool. Fast forward about 30 years and Mrs. Muse and I are visiting her sister in Virginia and we're instructed to stop by a video (VHS) rental store and get a movie. I saw This Island Earth and grabbed it because I remembered it from my childhood. Big mistake. Holy moly, what a stinker! It's so bad, it was used in an episode of MST3K. I guess when you're young, you don't care. But the lead actress was the enchanting Faith Domergue, another actress whom you'd think would've made it bigger in Hollywood. Perhaps her affair with Howard Hughes going sour had something to do with it. Her co-star Rex Reason, who also had a so-so acting portfolio, quit Hollwood in the early 60s for a career in real estate.

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