Inspection- Of Sarah, Alvin and “Your Money”

Will Sarah Win?

Seems obvious to many on the Left. Sarah Palin? “Plllllleeeeeeaaaaaasssssseeeeee!!!” I hear many on the Left praying Sarah will be in a face off with Barack Obama: 2012. After all: fumble mouth combined with insert foot reflexes, odd religious beliefs that she seems to shift according to political needs, ignorant/clueless statements, quit every job voters gave her and a voice that could pierce the hide of a porcupine. How could Barack lose?

Be careful what you pray for. Your prayers may be answered.

I could go to George Bush, Junior, both elections, and other odd “wins.” But, really, all I need is to yell out one name…


Wasn’t all that long ago that some on the Left were shaking their heads, wondering how Alvin Greene wound up as the Democratic candidate. Little to no money. Little to no campaigning. Ads that should have made sure God himself would have lost, despite any miracles. And, of course, once he got to the main election he did lose, but not until he knocked out his well known, well financed, Democratic challenger, while most were saying, “Alvin who?”

Now most of you who have read Inspection for a while know I believe black box voting is more than just a bad idea, at best. Now admit it! Some of you are already shaking your head right now as you think I’m about to launch into what some consider a “tinfoil hat conspiracy,” right?

I don’t have to go there. I don’t have to go there at all.

Plain and simple: Alvin won… at least until he lost when it was best for Republican rule. My guess is right now you’re trying to think of excuses as to why he did win, including, “Hey, it was South Carolina, what did you expect?” But excuses don’t matter, true or bogus. He came out of no where and defeated a well established politician, former Circuit Court judge, former criminal prosecutor and a former National Guardsman: 26 years.

Alvin: clueless.

Alvin: who could hardly speak a discernible sentence when being recorded: that means there could be a second, a third… any number of takes. He still couldn’t do it.

Alvin who had no money, did little campaigning and most of South Carolina was saying “Alvin, who?”

Alvin: no website at the time, no yard signs.

Alvin: going into it all with obscenity charges.

Like the old phrase sh__t happens, Alvin happened. That’s history. And my guess is there were a large number of shaking heads and cynics when Alvin started running. Forget about any challenges if something really weird and obviously bogus happens in 2012: just like Kerry’s promise to have thousands of lawyers, and many DLC types in Gore’s contest all the way to the Supreme Court, the Democratic Party leaders in SC ran like the roaches they are when it came to challenging an obvious fishy result.

Has anyone else noticed that every time there’s another suspicious outcome it’s even stranger, more unprecedented and more impossible for it to have happened? Why it’s almost as if someone’s is pushing the envelope: see how much they can get away with. Dem leaders even less interested in pursing? Of course George Bush, Jr., proved long ago they have spines of Jello.

But let’s steer away from my meander into conspiracy thinking for a moment. It’s 2 years out. Anything can happen. And the main claim as to why Alvin ascended can be tossed right back at Barack Obama: messaging sucked and not as appealing to your base as you should be.

Please. Please. Please. Look back to the 90s. How many of these absurd things, that many claimed the public would never stand for, never vote for, actually came to pass?
Look, I have never been a fan of electronic voting, but we don’t need that as an excuse or a reason. Though I think we should make damn sure that we either know these machines and those who program them are on the up and up, or just go back to counting votes by hand: no matter how long it takes, I think far more important is not taking our cynicism regarding Sarah for granted. I guarantee, if we do, supporters of someone, even as bad as Sarah Palin, will be laughing all the way to inauguration and beyond.

And why would I not be shocked, if Barack did decide not to run, if she won defeating another person considering a run in 2012…

…Alvin Greene.

“I’m the man. I’m the man. I’m the man. Greene’s the man. I’m the man. I’m the greatest person ever. I was born to be president. I’m the man, I’m the greatest individual ever.”

-Alvin Greene

No, It’s Not “Your Money”

Whomever came up with, and uses, that idiotic talking point should be exposed by the mainstream media, and forced to sit in the corner with a dunce cap for the rest of their political lives. Instead they are rewarded with power, positions and buckaroos out the wazoo. The mainstream media? Just ignores the obvious.

No, it’s not “your money.”

Why is it it’s often those who claim government should be run like business who use this stupid talking point, when the comment alone proves they have a fundamental misconception of money as it relates to both business and government?

How do they prove it? Every time they say, “It’s our money.”

My home in the Adirondacks is heated, in part, with propane. The propane man comes to my door on a regular basis with a new tank. I give him money. Then he leaves.

I have the propane. He has the moolah. Is that money mine, or his?


I often disagree with those who think government should operate like business. There are important things government does better, and has to do… especially in dire times, business can, or shouldn’t, do. I include prisons and fighting wars, though obviously many on the Right disagree. Making money: unless we want our WalMart bucks to be no good at Shell, and our Shell bucks be no good at… and we want endless counterfeiting with no one to stop it.

We could always have Exxon armies doing battle with Microsoft armies, right? Would Kraft, the makers of Velveeta, and Apple join forces and conquer the world with their Mac and Cheese army?

Ah, true “‘free’ enterprise,” right?

But like the propane man, in one way business and government are very much the same: they provide services. Maybe you’re not happy with those services: think they should provide one but not the other. Since multiple, competing, governments in the same country would be a really, really bad idea, we decide those services through elections.

Now if you are paying taxes, and I advise you do… like it or not, you are paying for services already rendered, services already agreed upon through elections… even if those you voted for the other guy.

And we owe a hell of a lot. Not just for services. You took out loans. Doesn’t matter you signed no dotted line, elections are our dotted line. Once again: even if you voted for the other guy. This isn’t a government of “you.”

Doesn’t matter which party is the most to blame, or even what we owe for. You still owe, like I do.

I know. It sucks. You didn’t want any of that. Screw it all! But if you really believe that, what your feeble mental abilities still may fail to grasp is that that doesn’t matter. Not one… damn… bit. For, again, this is money, like it or not, we have already spent.

You don’t walk away from it anymore than you walk away from the bank. And even if “the bank” were bankrupt you can be sure someone worse will take up the debt and make bloody sure it get paid. Never guess who?


All that time and money spent “defeating” Communism and it’s come to this? Where’s the ghost of Joseph McCarthy when we really need him? We need him to harass some of the very same folks who claimed to be anti-Communist.

“Are you, or have you ever been, a teabagger?”

(Graphic, hidden digital cam, movie to follow of said suspicious activities. Do I hear some suspicious “squeaking” at the mere thought of true teabagging in the Senate Chambers? Who do you think you are, Mr. Republican Senator, Sir… Pee Wee Herman?)

Rant or rave as much as you or I want, the money has already been spent: in our names. Whether you’re in debt to Chase, or the Red Chinese, that money is no longer your money.

Please stop saying it’s “your money.”

That would be a lie.

And a rather stupid, ignorant lie at that.


Inspection is a column that has been written by Ken Carman for over 30 years. Inspection is dedicated to looking at odd angles, under all the rocks and into the unseen cracks and crevasses that constitute the issues and philosophical constructs of our day: places few think, or even dare, to venture.

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