Cory Farley, voted "Best of Reno" 26 times in 27 years by readers of his column in the Reno Gazette-Journal, takes an unconventional look at topics from presidential elections to the best way to cook Brussels sprouts.

Location: Verdi, Nev, United States

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Why there's no hope for democracy

We all would like to believe in a pure, sun-speckled democracy, with responsible leaders chosen by informed voters making wise decisions to guide our nation to peace, shared prosperity and as much happiness as reality allows.
By "we all," of course, I mean "Democrats." Republicans have trouble with some aspects of that dream, notably the parts about voters being informed, prosperity being shared and happiness being desireable for the lower orders.
But let that slide. The basis of democracy is faith in the common man's ability first to gather information, then to evaluate it and cast votes for those best able to lead the nation in the way it should go.
Ronald Reagan put a serious crimp in that faith for me, and George W. Bush's re-election nearly destroyed it. Nobody in modern times, though (by which I mean, "since Trent Lott fell out of power and Larry Craig was busted for nudging with intent to waggle"), has slammed my belief in the essential wisdom and goodness of man like Mitch McConnell.
McConnell is a senator from Kentucky, in appearance and utterance a classic ignorant southern politician. He probably isn't ignorant, except of life in the bottom 95 percent, but he cultivates the country-boy image, leaning on his thick Kaintuck accent the way New England native George Bush leans on Texas.
And in his syrupy drawl, McConnell says things that, in a reasoned world, would have his constituents marching on Washington with torches and signs demanding recall (in fact there's a Web site devoted to that,, which is a hopeful sign and the main reason I haven't given up on democracy completely).
prospects for his party are not looking bright.
There's good reason for that; they've dicked things up to the point that the next president, whoever it turns out to be, is almost inevitably doomed (that's a double tragedy, by the way: If Clinton or Obama wins, and is ground up by the Bush legacy, it will be cited for a generation as evidence women, Blacks and Democrats aren't able to govern).
Mitch is up to the challenge, though: Nearly the first words out of his mouth after Democrats in Congress refused to grant retroactive immunity to telecommunications companies this week--companies that contributed massively to GOP campaigns--was that the Dems were more interested in seeing trial lawyers get rich than in seeing terrorism defeated.
Note, now--this hasn't been emphasized in the media--that the Dems did nothing to reduce enforcement of existing laws. Everything the government could do last week to apprehend terrorists, it can still do today (the president has said otherwise; he's either lying or uninformed). What they refused to do was hold telecom companies harmless for breaking the law in violating Americans' right to privacy.
If there is a God, why does he allow Mitch McConnell to exist.


Blogger sabjoro said...

If the tele-comms didn't do anything wrong, and what they did do was within the law, why are to GOPpers trying to absolve the tele-commers of any wrong doing?

The GOP leaders must know they were in violation of the laws and are now trying to hide their involvement.

When bush got into the White House he, and his party, was going to bring back truth, justice and the American way to this country.

Zero for three.

9:08 AM  
Blogger mindervillain said...

Do I think that sites like your ditchmitchky one, or Michael Moore type slam jobs are examples of despicable and irresponsible misleading politics?

Of course I do! Publicly, that is.

But in the privacy of my own home, and the anonymity of countless blogs, I love it. I love every snivel, every whine, and every high road complaint by low road folks.

What say we just keep it among ourselves, though.

9:49 AM  
Blogger tuzoner said...

Mitch McConnell is the Grim Reaper masquerading as a U.S. Senator.

And may God save the Queen. (that would be W)

11:28 AM  
Blogger Michael Lee said...

There was a skit on TV once, I think it was Saturday Night Live, where the wife found the husband in bed with another woman. As she is asking why and throwing accusations at him, they calmly get out of bed, get dressed and the other woman leaves, all the time the husband is telling his wife that he didn't know what she was talking about, that there was no other woman, that she didn't see anything. The end of the skit is a fadeout of the bewildered wife getting in bed with her husband.

I really think the Republicans use that skit as a training video. "The economy is great – look at the terrorists!"; "You should pay your own medical bills – look at the terrorists!"; "You don’t like the way I pass bills – you must be a terrorist!"

Unfortunately, a lot of the voters of today are kind of like the wife. Confused, they still get into bed with them.

4:39 PM  
Blogger ReconRanger said...


You're at your best wryly observing the human condition in the Truckee Meadows. You are at your worst being a liberal Democrat commenting on national issues.

I love the first. I get so freakin' bored by the relentless rant of the second. I love your style and have been a reader of yours for decades.

But, Cory, really, do you think I check in with you to see how I should vote? I don't know how shocking this is but I simply don't care what your political opinion is on any issue. Your opinion isn't one of the things I measure before I commit a vote. I don't go "Gee, what would Jesus and Cory do?"

Let's give a rest to rants that deal with:

1. Politician who misrepresented facts to bolster a particular agenda in the hopes of duping voters into voting for a candidate who lies.
2. Politicians who didn't keep a campaign promise.
3. Politicians who voted for or against something he or she is now strongly for or against until he or she votes for or against anything that, frankly, will increase the chances of her or she being reelected.

We want to hear about the trials and tribulations you experience in the Truckee Meadowns. We don't give a fuck how you feel about Mitch McConnel?

6:45 PM  
Blogger Sharon said...

Why would you even use God and Mitch McConnell in the same sentence??? I should think they would be mutually exclusive.

6:48 PM  
Blogger mindervillain said...

I read reconranger's post three times, trying to see if there was some sort of satire or facetiousness that I'd missed.

Not finding any, I'm sure that most of your readers would agree that recongranger's "thinking" is exactly what we all expect you to counter.

Granted,silliness in the politics of the Truckee Meadows, as well as the rest of Nevada, is always a worthy topic.

But anyone who is bored or offended by your discussions of national politics has their head in the sand or, more likely, somewhere substantially darker and more personal.

12:10 AM  
Blogger rfbulle said...

I too have been a reader for decades and think your comments on the human condition locally and on national issues are right on. Keep on with your comments on all issues and "rant" as much as you want. One of the previous comments mentioned "WE don't give a..." should be changed to "I don't give a..."
Keep up the good work.

6:31 AM  
Blogger 'tricko said...

Hear, hear -- reconranger has been out walking point a little too long. Give it a rest. The Truckee Meadows is part of a greater whole. Cory does act locally . . . but he thinks globally, too. No problem there. I'm a long-ago Renoite who still reads from afar, 25 years later. I don't at all mind taking my Lake's Crossing with a side of national politix from time to time.

8:57 AM  
Blogger dwoods48 said...

Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. No. Yes. Yes. Yes. I say that too say this ..There are at least 10 of us reading your Blog on a regular Basis , most of us are interested in Your Opinions on Current Events... I admit ignorance of Senator McConnell except to recognize his name , I was watching the Daytona 500 Yesterday,now there is Democracy and Commerce at its Best....

I just need to throw this in , if You don't Like the Way George W is running the Country .. You are really not going to Like John McCain's version, I can almost see the SNL writers ,rubbing their hands in anticipation..

5:54 AM  
Blogger b.squirrel said...

Ah yes, Mr. Farley has a dream:

We all would like to believe in a pure, sun-speckled democracy, with responsible leaders chosen by "informed voters" making wise decisions ...

But his dream, according to Mr. Farley, is being undermined by folks not particulary supportive of informed voters.

As part of his efforts to shed the light of day on these miscreants he identifies the telecommunications industry as "companies that contributed massively to GOP campaigns" while in the same paragraph he mentions "trial lawyers", being defended by Democrats, without any similar attribution.

Well, I'm sure Mr Farley will be glad to know that I share his desire for informed voters and to that end I present the following:

Democrats 2,140,735
Republicans 1,263,301

Democrats 32,715,673
Republicans 28,946,162

Democrats 71,228,861
Republicans 24,358,854

Democrats 696,776,730
Republicans 298,454,014

Given Mr. Farley's dedication to truth, justice, ... I will accept his "thanks" in advance for correcting his misleading and incomplete analysis.

* Source:

6:53 AM  
Blogger wally & lisa said...

Thanks for an alternate view of whats happening with politics in America today. We can always use another informative view.

2:48 PM  
Blogger Skyshrink said...

McConnell is and has been an embarrassment to the country. And, in my view, he is unpatriotic with his obstructionistic manner, preventing anything getting done for the country.

9:14 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I hate to burst your bubble, but the telcos were acting in good faith that the government was legally entitled to those intercepts. (They were, but that's extraneous to this discussion.) Since they were acting in good faith, they deserve immunity. I deal with these folks every day and, if they don't think the government is entitled to something, they don't have any trouble saying so.

2:12 PM  

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