Best practice is to ignore politicians
My Fox colleagues are in Cleveland, diligently interviewing Republicans. Next week, they’ll interview Democrats. I’m glad they do it – because I despise most politicians.
There are exceptions, of course, but after years of reporting, I’ve concluded most politicians have little to say that’s interesting, and many are craven opportunists, desperate to rule over others.
A few stand out, like former Congressman Anthony Weiner. Like many politicians, he’s never held a real job. He’s run for office or worked for politicians all his life.
Weiner married one of Hillary Clinton’s closest advisers, passionately pushed leftists’ bad ideas and was a member of Congress.
Then a photo of an anonymous man’s bulging underwear was tweeted from his account. He ended up having to resign from Congress.
That embarrassment alone would send most mortals into hiding, but not Weiner. He decided to campaign for mayor of New York City, and New York’s Democrats even forgave him. Polls showed he was the frontrunner.
Then came more sleazy stuff. He sent out naked pictures under the name “Carlos Danger.”
A new documentary, “Weiner,” chronicles these events. “This really is a great movie,” says Reason.com’s Anthony Fisher. It illustrates “how sick this drive for elective office can be.”
In the movie, NBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell asks Weiner, “What’s wrong with you?” Weiner doesn’t even understand the question. O’Donnell elaborates, “You cannot seem to imagine a life without elective office?” Weiner still doesn’t get it.
Maybe one needs to be sick to run for office. Weiner is a disciple of New York Sen. Chuck Schumer.
Schumer famously said, “I was born to legislate.” This goes to the heart of political sickness – the need to tell others how to live.
In the next weeks, as cameras record every utterance is burped up by politicians at the political conventions, I’ll take comfort knowing when politicians can’t force us to do things, people often ignore them (remember, government is force; this is why politicians are important, and dangerous).
Here’s another happy story about people ignoring them.
After Anthony Weiner sleazed himself into oblivion, another clueless socialist, Bill de Blasio, was elected mayor of New York. De Blasio embraces every leftist cause. After the restaurant chain Chick-fil-A was attacked by Democratic interest groups because its CEO opposes gay marriage, de Blasio told New Yorkers not to eat there. He said Chick-fil-A spreads a “message of hate” and “wouldn’t urge any other New Yorkers to patronize them.”
Now, there’s nothing wrong with a boycott. Boycotts are free speech, a way to voice disapproval without getting government involved.
Some craven politicians misunderstand that concept. Boston’s mayor declared Chick-fil-A was “not welcome” in his town, and some Chicago politicians said they would deny Chick-fil-A the necessary permits. After the politicians were told that they don’t have a legal right to ban businesses because of things the owners say, they backed down. They just pushed the boycott.
At lunchtime recently, I walked around to see if (mostly pro-gay marriage) New Yorkers were honoring our mayor’s request.
In fact, at two Chick-fil-A outlets close to my office, customers lined up to get sandwiches. At one restaurant, the line was so long it extended outside the store and onto the sidewalk.
I asked waiting customers why they went to Chick-fil-A, since our mayor says the company is anti-gay.
“I didn’t think that had anything to do with the sandwich,” said one.
When we have a choice, Americans ignore politicians. That’s usually a good thing.