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Signs Of The Time, Part 117

Any Survival And Prosperity readers use Facebook?

I originally signed up for the social media/networking service some years back with the intention of creating a “page” for my research/blogging.

I would create the additional page and populate it with material… and then it would magically be “reset” the next time I tried to access it (yes, I did select “save” when available).

Weird, huh?

So I gave up on that. And these days, I just use Facebook to stay abreast of what’s new with family, friends, and others.

But in recent times- coinciding with the 2016 campaign season heating up to be exact- I’ve been required to scroll down my “Home” page much more than usual to read posts about exotic travels, kids’ accomplishments, new pets, and other good stuff.

Why? Because the rest of that page is often heavily-populated by political posts “shared” or “liked” from my Facebook friends. Most aren’t very complimentary about President Trump and the Republicans, I might add (and not too surprising considering where I live).

But I’m not complaining, as my Facebook friends are entitled to post about their personal politics on their chosen social media platform.

As for me, I’m not too comfortable discussing politics with other people, save my girlfriend, who is a distant relative to an obscure former Senator from Wisconsin by the name of Joseph McCarthy and rather well-versed in government goings-on (being a former civil servant herself).

As individual politics vary so much and “anomalies” exist even among the political partisans (I’ve encountered a staunch defender of gun rights… who also happens to be a hardcore Democrat), I figure I’m bound to tick someone off with “deep conversation” about such matters. Which works well with running Survival And Prosperity, as it’s a project focused on financial/personal safety and not a “political blog.”

That being said, my decade-long track record (counting Boom2Bust.com) shows I don’t hesitate to assign blame- be it the Republicans or the Democrats- where blame is undoubtedly due and identification of the political party is central to the discussion at hand.

I’ll leave readers with this. Regarding all the animosity being directed against the Trump administration and the Republicans, while a good deal of it stems from ideological differences, personal dislike of the man, the fact that POTUS is a male, etcetera, keep in mind something that FOX 32 News (Chicago) political editor Mike Flannery pointed out while getting gassed at the Washington, D.C., riot on Inauguration Day:

Democrats currently hold fewer elected offices nationwide than at any time since the 1920s.

And what’s that old saying?

“Desperate times call for desperate measures”

“Desperate measures” will undoubtedly be taken to compensate for/attempt to regain that lost political power. That’s just how the politics “game” is played.

And the “resistance” will continue for the foreseeable future.

Even on Facebook, by the looks of things.

By Christopher E. Hill
Survival And Prosperity (www.survivalandprosperity.com)

2/13/17 UPDATE: Regrettably, one of my Facebook friends has now been “unfollowed” for clogging my “Home” page with political posts. Like I said above, they’re entitled to post about their personal politics on their chosen social media platform. But consider the ramifications of such activity on the recipient(s) of this material. In this case, the number of political posts being authored, “liked,” and “shared” made navigating Facebook a real chore. I held out as long as I could- didn’t want to miss important achievements/events in this person’s life shared via Facebook- but it was just too much in the end.

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Ridiculing The ‘Chicago Way’

As I’ve pointed out before in this blog, Chicago- and Illinois for that matter- are at or near the top of many things you don’t want to rank high in.

Murder rates, drugs, taxes, etcetera

As such, we catch a lot of flak from the rest of the country.

And then I read things like the following and are instantly reminded WE alone are the source of much ridicule. From Dave McKinney on the Chicago Sun-Times website last night:

Is getting expelled from the Illinois House enough to kill a legislator’s political future?

Apparently not for former state Rep. Derrick Smith.

Smith (D-Chicago) is blowing away his third-party opponent in a new poll of West Side voters despite being under federal indictment for allegedly accepting a $7,000 cash bribe.

Smith led 10th District Unity Party candidate Lance Tyson by a 48-percent-to-9-percent margin in an automated poll of 556 registered voters, with a margin of error of plus or minus 4.15 percentage points.

(Editor’s note: Italics added for emphasis)

Apparently, the automated poll informed voters of Smith’s and Tyson’s political affiliations, and when poll participants learned that Smith was the only Democrat in the race (Tyson is running as a third-party candidate), in overwhelmingly-Democratic Chicago… well, you can guess the rest.

Expelled from the Illinois General Assembly. Under federal indictment for allegedly accepting a cash bribe. And still generating that much political support through party affiliation.

Hey- it’s the “Chicago Way.”

Let the ridicule commence yet again.

Source:

McKinney, Dave. “Ex-state Rep. Derrick Smith leading in election poll despite indictment, expulsion.” Chicago Sun-Times. 17 Sep. 2012. (http://www.suntimes.com/news/15215144-761/ex-state-rep-derrick-smith-leading-in-election-poll-despite-indictment-expulsion.html). 18 Sep. 2012.

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