Monday, May 7, 2012
In the past couple of weeks, I’ve written six articles having to do with the race between the one-term U.S. Senator from Maryland, Democrat Ben Cardin, and his challenger, newcomer Republican Dan Bongino. Both candidates are good, smart, competent, reasonable men. All things equal, making a decision between the two of them would be a toss-up. But all things are anything but.
Between the two candidates, the choice is simple. One of them, incumbent Senator Cardin has done nothing to warrant his reelection. The old adage still applies. If you’re not part of the solution, well then, you’re part of the problem. We need to give his opponent, Dan Bongino, an opportunity to do better.
Saturday, May 5, 2012
This is the sixth article I’ve written recently about the race between Maryland’s first-term U.S. Senator Ben Cardin who is running for reelection against Republic newcomer Dan Bongino. If you’re interested, all the articles in this series begin like this one, with “Ben Cardin v. Dan Bongino.”
Senator Cardin’s Brain
It’s hard sometimes, when you’re writing a political piece, not to sound flip, but I’ll do my best. While I’ve been critical of Senator Cardin, it’s not because he’s not a good, smart, honest, hard-working man. I’m serious. I believe him to be all those things. My problem with his candidacy is that he’s done nothing in the past five plus years to warrant his reelection. By all indications, he’s done nothing to address, let alone actually help resolve, the major economic, fiscal and social problems our country is facing. Given the critical nature of these matters, it’s not enough to just show up.
Friday, May 4, 2012
Hi. In four previous articles, the ones with titles beginning with “Ben Cardin v. Dan Bongino,” I’ve been making the point that Maryland’s incumbent U.S. Senator, Ben Cardin, who is running against political newcomer Dan Bongino, has failed to perform at a level that warrants his reelection. While Senator Cardin is a good, competent man, his long-term lack of productivity and failure to address our country’s highest priority problems are compelling reasons to vote him out, and Mr. Bongino in.
So, what exactly are these “highest priority problems” to which I keep referring? Are you kidding? Here’s my short list of what I think Congress should be working on like they were the second coming of the Manhattan Project, without the bomb part of course:
Thursday, May 3, 2012
I’m just a guy, a citizen with a notebook computer who works stupid hours and whose only real hobby is writing. (It’s easy, because I don’t have to get up from my desk and there’s no glue involved. I don’t like glue.) This is my fourth piece on the race between Maryland’s U.S. Senate incumbent, Democrat Ben Cardin, and his opponent, Republican Dan Bongino. If you’re interested, all three previous articles begin with the same “Ben Cardin v. Dan Bongino” that you see in the title above.
Most of us like to root for the underdog, which probably says something about how we view ourselves, how we want to believe the little guy can come from behind, snatching victory from the jaws of seemingly invincible defeat. Unfortunately, in the politics of our time, it’s really hard for the spunky newcomer, without any real money in his campaign, to beat a well-heeled incumbent.
Tuesday, May 1, 2012
Hi. Ever wonder why Congress never gets anything done, never gets around to solving the really big problems? Well, my muse.. Yes, I have a muse. (What? You don’t?) As you can imagine, she’s very important to me, this particular muse. So I married her, lest she get away and a-muse someone else.
“So what do you think is wrong with Congress, honey?” I asked her recently, expecting a lengthy, intellectually sophisticated response worthy of her considerable intelligence.
“I think they’re all a bunch of yahoos,” she responded, without hesitation, cutting to the quick as muses sometimes do. Needless to say, it’s a belief she shares in common with many Americans.
Monday, April 30, 2012
Hi. This is my third in a series of posts I’ve been writing about Ben Cardin, one-term Democrat incumbent U.S. Senator from Maryland, who is running for reelection against Republican Dan Bongino, who has never held elective office. Links to the other two articles are at the bottom of this piece. Both candidates are good, honest, hardworking, competent people. That said, I’ve decided to vote for Mr. Bongino, the challenger, based on the failure of the incumbent, Mr. Cardin, to address the major problems we are facing with the focus, “all-in” enthusiasm, aggressiveness and effectiveness the timely resolution of these problems demands.
No question about it, there are political differences between Mr. Cardin and Mr. Bongino on meaningful, important issues. In fact, I don’t agree with everything either candidate believes, but I’m not going to let that bother me. In ordinary times, I would, but not now. I have a short list of really, really critical matters on which I want my Senator’s attention riveted until they’re resolved. Mr. Cardin has been Senator for the last five years, four months, and a Congressman for twenty years before that. Unfortunately, his efforts on my country’s and my family’s behalf have fallen short, way short, of what our national situation requires.
Saturday, April 28, 2012
Hi. Yesterday I posted an article (Ben Cardin v. Dan Bongino: “Next Contestant”) which generated surprisingly strong traffic. My point was that, while Ben Cardin (Democrat), the one-term incumbent U.S. Senator running for reelection in Maryland, was more or less competent, he had failed to make any significant difference toward resolving the major issues of our time. I argued that he was ordinary in times which are anything but. That I hold him, and every Representative, Senator and the President, responsible for the failure of government to resolve our most pressing problems while they are in office. That it’s time to give the “next contestant,” who happens to be Republican challenger Dan Bongino, a political newcomer, a fresh mandate. Particularly when our country is in trouble, there’s got to be more to being in Congress than just showing up.
I know it’s hard to believe, but apparently not everyone appreciated the laser accurate insight I had to offer. (It happens even to the best of us.) Usually, I respond to comments with a comment, something clever and occasionally on point, but I thought this one was worth its own post. To quote the comment:
Fine but a circular argument. No one person can change our governmental process. Will Mr. Bongino stand up and scream for the betterment of Maryland citizens or are we just “passing the torch” to a new elected figurehead who will be powerless?
“Thank you,” whoever you are. It’s a good question which deserves a thoughtful answer.