The Rabid Independent, Nonpartisan solutions, independent policy ideas

When you are accused of a crime you have several options. You can:

  1. Prove that you are innocent or that your accusers have no evidence.
  2. Confess, say you’re sorry and that you were either temporarily insane or got a lot of very bad advice.
  3. Act outraged at being accused and offer no defense or contrition.

Obviously the third option is not really a choice – unless you’re as stupid as Richard Nixon. Simply saying that the accusations are ridiculous and you would never do such a thing, will not do. Ask Lance Armstrong or Barry Bonds. America wants to give you a second chance.  Colin Powell would have had a political career if he had confessed to be being used by the corrupt Bush administration. Resigning would have been the best choice but skulking away and saying not much of anything killed him. He no longer exists.

Michael Vick wrote the book on this – his crimes were too horrible to even read about (especially if you’re a dog lover) but his persistent sincere contrition won him redemption and many millions of dollars. Joe Paterno could have saved himself, but instead he said (in effect) -“It wasn’t my job”.  Pete Rose would be in the hall of fame long ago if he had hired Vick’s agent.

Imagine the 1968 election if President Johnson had said “I have no idea what I was thinking, I’m sorry (for the whole Vietnam mess). If elected I will devote the next four years to getting us out.” After accounting for his civil rights accomplishments, he would be seen as one of our greatest Presidents.

If Brady confesses and apologizes he might still save his reputation. Can someone tell him to call Michael Vick?

 

So you say you’re in favor of personal responsibility and “freedom”. You want to believe that people become indigent by virtue of their own failings not due to circumstances beyond their control. Don’t blame the drug or your body chemistry – blame yourself. As a loyal Republican this should be your position. Yes, Jesus would not […]

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The End of Shame

On April 14, 2015 By

As the internet and social media has taken off we have seen a commensurate growth in the public’s willingness or desire to debase itself. In order to get attention you have to exceed the outrageous behavior of your friends or twitter competitors. The new media demand more selfies, boyfriends demand more sexts, Fox News demands more […]

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As Rand Paul contemplates his candidacy he must contend with the growing conviction among Republican party primary voters that we must make war – with everyone. Rand is a libertarian/isolationist who has voted at times against expanding the defenses budget. To run he must pivot, Romney style, and pretend to be someone or something he […]

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Are you not entertained?

On March 25, 2015 By

Ted Cruz declared his candidacy on Monday, at Liberty University – a college that specifically states that the world is six thousand years old.  Ted Cruz went to Princeton and Harvard. I don’t think Cruz ever asked his alma maters to host his announcement – he knows that intellectualism is a buzz kill, especially in the […]

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Sundry Short Musings

On March 20, 2015 By

Israel: I will temporarily break my rule to never discuss the Middle East peace process to say this: Bibi has finally admitted what was utterly self-evident (at least to me) for twenty years- there will be no peace deal / he doesn’t want a peace deal. Whether it’s because he hates Palestinians, doesn’t trust them, […]

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When I was growing up I had a best friend (Gabe) who I hung out with all the time. We were thick as thieves until the end of high school when it became evident that he was changing. He began to lie – pathologically. His absorption by a self-created fantasy world was exhausting. I went […]

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I went to a symposium /panel discussion on Wednesday at the 92nd street Y in New York. The 3 featured speakers were: Paul Krugman, Joeseph Stiglitz and Thomas Piketty – all revered economists (the first 2 have won the Nobel prize). The conversation was devoted primarily to the first world’s anemic wage growth and exploding […]

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The Republican party agrees on one thing: Unions are evil because they distort the free market. Employers reduce hiring when it is artificially overpriced. Worse still they get angry at workers who collectively ask for a raise. Republicans may be just defending big business but that doesn’t explain why so many workers are abandoning unions (or […]

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Let the diets begin!

On February 25, 2015 By

Greece went to the mall and loaded up on imported cars (German), imported clothes (Chinese), imported wine (France) , then they renovated all their houses. They used a credit card they were given by the EEC. Every time they exceeded their limit, it was raised … until?

Greece got an extension this week but the problem […]

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Irritations

Here’s my list of things that bug me. Some are big and some are petty. Feel free to offer new additions.

Irritations

Mottos, Creeds, Rules

As we search for legitimate solutions to America’s problems everyone must obey these rules or we’ll never get anything done.

Mottos, Creeds and Rules

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