Thursday, July 13, 2017

Musician Kid Rock has announced his bid for the U.S. Senate in Michigan.

Musician Kid Rock has announced his bid for the U.S. Senate in Michigan.

The man who would become "the honorable Mr. Rock" is a Republican.

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  1. Another ignorant, wealthy, out of touch, elitist entertainer running for the Republicans.

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  2. You should look up that word musician. I don't think it means what you think it means.

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    1. ...also that word man.

      Gotta admit though, "I yield the floor to Mr. Rock" has a ring to it.

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  3. If Al Franken can be a senator, I say why not Kid Rock?

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    1. Al Franken has a honors degree in Government (from Harvard, for whatever that's worth) and was a satirist and political talk show host.

      What has Kid Rock done that gives him any background to be a U.S Senator?

      In fact, Kid Rock has said on a number of occasions that 'entertainers should keep their political opinions to themselves.'

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  4. Just to add: I have no problem with people with no prior electoral experience seeking high electoral office. There are a number of current Governors and U.S Senators for whom that is their first electoral office.

    Most of them were business people prior to getting elected as some people have the rather unfortunate and false notion that somehow a person with a business background is automatically qualified for high office.

    So, I have no problem with seeing that broadened out to include people with all sorts of backgrounds, but the election of these people and President Trump in no way should mean that anybody who runs for office who meets the minimum legal qualifications should automatically be assumed to be competent to hold high office.

    If Kid Rock proves himself to the people of Michigan the way that Al Franken proved himself as knowledgeable on the issues and aware of the political process to the people of Minnesota he deserves to be treated as a serious candidate.

    At this point, however, I see no indication Kid Rock is anything but an ignorant and rather unintelligent buffoon. (Of course, so is President Trump.)

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  5. It's an interesting paradox how career politicians are the bane of our country's existence, yet when someone outside established political circles runs for office, it's a big joke.

    The latter isn't a wholly unreasonable stance, though. The underlying problem is how political office has evolved from that of a private citizen temporarily taking on a leadership role in service to the betterment of his country to a literal career of being lobbied by, lobbying for, navigating a maze of loopholes and regulations, and generally knowing how things actually work as opposed to how they should work. Odds are any rookie entering that Thunderdome will, in fact, prove him- or herself incompetent.

    In the immortal words of the early 21st-century philosopher-poet Booker T, "Don't hate the playa. Hate the game."

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    1. The idea of the private citizen temporarily going into office being what the Founders had envisioned is a myth. There is no such discussion of any such thing in the Federalist Papers and, of course, there are no term limits in the (original) U.S Constitution.

      What the Founders envisioned was a mix of politicians, some who served for a few years, and others, through their superior service to their constituents, serving for a long period of time if they chose to do so. At least one of the Founders (a number of whom were essentially career politicians themselves) argued precisely that point.

      What is true though, is that they wanted private citizens taking on a temporary leadership role for however long they were interested and for however long they were reelected, in that the legislatures were only meant to be in session for a few months every two years and it was expected the legislators would have 'real' jobs in addition to serving.

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    2. All true.

      The only thing I'd add is that in addition to (or possibly as a result of) the infrequency of Congress actually meeting, aside from ego and prestige, there simply wasn't much to be gained from being a politician. If someone wasn't motivated by public service, they didn't have a whole lot in the way of motivation to run otherwise. As a result, the job naturally drew people who were already accomplished or otherwise distinguished in other fields looking to try to apply their talents & efforts to the public sector.

      Now, there are far too few statesmen in it for what they can bring to the job and far too many in it for what the job can bring to them.

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  6. Gotta love that the rights go-to response is "But Al Franken!" And then fall conspicuously silent when his education and qualifications are brought up. Sorry, just being famous doesn't make all backgrounds equal.

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  7. & just cos no one has mentioned, this IS a joke. The campaign signs are a publicity stunt, he has not filed to run, it was all just to get us talking about Kid Rock. Totally worked, gotta had it to his publicist.

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    1. Wait, you mean all this bickering and name-calling on the Internet was a waste of time?!?!?!

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    2. I respectfully disagree.

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