Zombie Conservatives

A good (but long) article on modern US / UK conservatives.  The focus is UK politics and the motivation is clearly Brexit madness, but the asides that compare the UK and the US are good reading.  Always fun to get the view of an outsider looking in.

‘A zombie party’: the deepening crisis of conservatism

Thee traditional right is clinging on to power – but its ideas are dead in the water.

The quote that is the source of the title:

In the UK, Conservative party membership has been dwindling for decades. At its peak, in the early 50s, it was 2.8 million. Last year, it was 124,000 and the party received twice as much money from dead members, through wills, as from the living. Katy Balls, political correspondent of the usually pro-Tory Spectator magazine, describedthe Tories last year as “a zombie party”.

Texas Voter Purges

A subject near and dear to my heart.  About a decade ago I went to vote here in Texas.  Had my voter registration card, had been in the same house for a decade and had been voting from this same location just as long.  Oddly my name wasn’t on the rolls.  Even odder, my wife, in pretty much the exact same situation, was still registered.

I refused to go away and perhaps held up the line a bit.  Eventually someone brought over a judge, with an unlikely German accent.  I told him the facts, and he said (maybe a bit dramatically): let this man vote!  I believe my ballot was only provisional, though.

My wife suspected shenanigans.  She had recently given our first, small, political donation to a local candidate who had helped out our neighborhood with a road construction issue.  Yes, the candidate happened to be a Democrat.

I was pissed and tried to find out what had happened.  I wrote all of my Representatives.   Only Lloyd Doggett replied.  I eventually learned that there were “problems” with the company contracted to management voter rolls.  Yeah, right. I still want someone to go to jail for this, but I couldn’t get any traction. I’m suppose I could have hired a lawyer or called the local TV station.  Today I would.  I see little has changed here in Texas.  It seems to have gotten worse.  I suppose someone has been held to account in some way, but I think another hatchet man did his job and took his fall.  Anyone wanna bet he ends up in a cushy job with political connections?

Texas secretary of state resigns after leading botched voter purge that questioned the citizenship of almost 100,000 people