A Disquisition on Greed in Politics, Part 3: Solutions to Greed in Alabama Politics

June 29, 2017

By Sam McLure
Alabama Political Report

“The greedy misuse the world by striving to acquire it; the monastics, by struggling to renounce it.” Carter Lindberg

The overall goal of restraining greed in politics should be aimed at making the political process more responsive to the “common community of voters” and less responsive to “business-conglomerate greed interests.” The irony of decreasing the influence of the business-greed party is that it actually promotes the prosperity of the community as a whole.  As discussed in Part 1 of our series, the mantles of Republican and Democrat mean nothing to the Greed Party which manipulates both for the enrichment of a select few business interests.
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A Disquisition on greed in politics, Part 2: Examples of greed in Alabama politics

June 13, 2017

By Sam McLure
Alabama Political Reporter

Politics is No Place for the Invisible Hand of Capitalism

In the early 20th century, G.K. Chesterton responded to a newspaper inquiry which asked readers to send in answers to a pressing question: “What is wrong with the world?”  Chesterton’s write-in response was, “Dear Sir: Regarding your article ‘What’s Wrong with the World?’ I am. Yours truly, G.K. Chesterton.”

Any analysis of greed in politics must start with this kind of humility.  We must acknowledge that the test of influence is far more perilous than the test of obscurity. With more power comes more opportunity for greed – more opportunity to use our position and influence to promote ourselves to the detriment of our neighbor.
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A Disquisition on Greed in Politics, Part 1: Diagnosing Greed in Politics

May 24, 2017

By Sam McLure
Alabama Political Reporter

 

“One who is greedy stirs up strife . . .”

Solomon

 

“The World is One Big Whorehouse”

Greed in politics. Everyone knows it’s there. A reporter’s favorite hobby is exposing a politician’s hypocritical greed. Yet, tracing the ways of greed in politics is like tracking a snake in a boulder field. Its trail is elusive, and the more you hunt it, the more it seems to hunts you. In fact, greed, like lust, seeks to daily corrupt all of our motives and actions.
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A disquisition on greed in politics, an introduction with Mr. Blue Suit

May 23, 2017

By Sam McLure
Alabama Political Reporter

“I have no doubt from what I daily see that our whole system is rapidly becoming a mere money-making concern to those who have the control of it.”

US Senator Calhoun, (Circa 1848)

The Big 4 meet Mr. Blue Suit

The State of YullaMama is located in the southern region of North America. YullaMama’s average temperature is well above 90 degrees. It’s warm weather has proven to be a fertile environment for the ice-production business. Currently there are four ice production companies that retain 95 percent of the market share – the Big 4.
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Five Ideals Every Republican Should Love About the Alabama Democratic Party

May 10, 2017

By Sam McLure
Alabama Political Reporter

On November 22, 1963, John F. Kennedy was assassinated; an event which overshadowed the death of a much more remarkable man, C.S. Lewis.  But, such is the way of historicism; we often attempt to grasp at meaning in the past through dates and deaths and wars and events. In contrast, Lewis suggests “that what is really important is the peace between wars and the lives of ordinary people.” While it may be absurd to assert that C.S. Lewis led an “ordinary” life, failing to sit at his feet on this topic would be equally absurd. 
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The Book and It’s Cover: Judging Justice Tom Parker

May 3, 2017

By Sam McLure
Alabama Political Report

“The purpose in a man’s heart is like deep water, but a man of understanding will draw it out.” – Solomon

Justice Tom Parker has served on the Alabama Supreme Court since 2004.  The “cover” of his life can be found on the Supreme Court’s biography page, and includes achievements such as serving as the founding Executive Director of Alabama Policy Institute and founding Executive Director for the Alabama Family Advocates, a state organization associated with Dr. James Dobson and Focus on the Family.
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Alabama’s political candidates and their capacity to care for orphans

April 25, 2017

By Sam McLure
Alabama Political Reporter

“Oh I say the measure of a man
Is not how tall you stand.”

4 Him, The Measure of a Man, 1995

Alabama has exciting days ahead of it.  Our next US Senator will likely be decided August 15, 2017.  Almost every other statewide elected official and every member of the Legislature will be up for election on November 6, 2018.

Over the coming weeks and months, we will be inundated with announcements of men and women running for office, with their accompanying propaganda.  Alabama’s legendary Chief Justice Roy Moore is slated to announce whether he will pursue US Senate or Governor on Wednesday, April 26, at 1:30 on the Capitol Steps in Montgomery.
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SPLC, HRC, and HB 440: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Cosmic Struggle Between Good and Evil

April 24, 2017

By Sam McLure
Alabama Political Reporter

Every good story has character development and plot. So, let’s start with character development.

First, Human Rights Campaign: HRC’s stated mission “envisions a world where lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people are ensured equality and embraced as full members of society at home, at work and in every community.” In order to achieve that mission, HRC has one large and lofty legal goal – that the Federal Government will classify a homosexual lifestyle as a protected class.
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“Something wicked this way comes.” A toast to Chief Counsel Katherine Robertson’s vision for a free Alabama

April 13, 2017

By Sam McLure
Alabama Political Reporter

On the last Wednesday of March, 2017, one of the best legal minds in the State of Alabama was appointed as Chief Counsel to the Alabama Attorney General. Given that Chief Robertson has been an attorney for less than seven years, lauding her as “one of the best legal minds in the State of Alabama,” may seem like a bit of an overstatement.
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A woman is not an incubator

April 4, 2017

By Sam McLure

“A woman is not an incubator,” said Pro-Choice advocate, Tina Goodson, while protesting at a recent Pro-Life rally. In an effort to discredit the rally attendants and organizers, Goodson commented that “[t]hey’re pro-birth; not pro-life.”

Goodson’s feelings on the topic fairly summarize how many Pro-Choice advocates feel. Kathy NJ, a pro-choice Twitter commentator argues that Pro-Life advocates are “pro ensuring anyone they mate with MUST have their child.
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