There is a scene in the movie, “Gangs of New York” (remember that Scorsese flick, with Leonardo and Bill the Butcher?) where the immigrants are coming off the boats at the harbor in New York.
The local political chieftain is herding them over to a spot where he feeds the hungry souls soup — and then immediately signs them up to vote with his party Boss.
Nebraska Democrat Chair Jane Kleeb must be a big fan of this film. She cites these historic Democrats pouncing on the huddled masses who came from Ellis Island in a video she produced (on her cell phone).
In it, she shows her audience how loving and caring she is (oh, and the volunteers maybe too) because they’re putting together “Welcome Baskets” for the new arrived immigrants to the state.
See, there’s baskets with “just the basic stuff you need when you’re starting a new home,” Mrs. Kleeb passionately intones. You know, stuff like towels, toilet paper…and Nebraska Democrat Party merchandise!
An envelope from NDP stationery includes a Democrat welcome letter, a Nebraska Democrat car sticker and…A VOTER REGISTRATION FORM!
As Kleeb explains, that’s what the old timey New York Dems did! “They were waiting with food and voter registration forms, so we are doing that same thing.”
Of course the voting laws in those days may have been just a little different.
Nowadays, it is common knowledge that these refugees are not citizens and can’t vote.
Yet here is Jane, giving these folks voter materials, when they probably have no idea that they can’t vote, right?
Potential Voter Fraud?
Transparent political hackery while taking advantage of the good will of others?
As Jane says, “This is just what Democrats do, right?”
While the new arrived immigrants may not know their voting responsibilities, you can’t blame them. They just got here. Even if they were eligible, you could forgive these poor souls for not, say, voting in the 2016 Presidential Primary.
You know, like Omaha Mayoral candidate, Taylor Royal.
27-year old Royal can’t be expected to know anything about voting! Heck, he’s only 27! And he just got back from Texas!
So, when he failed to vote in the 2016 primary last year (for Donald Trump, ostensibly…probably?) Omahans must look the other way for this poor lad who is spending hundreds of thousands of dollars to…be the next Mayor?
Well, his dad is spending it.
He’s been working a solid 3 years, so maybe he shouldn’t be expected to have that kind of cash.
So sure, he didn’t vote last spring.
But he MUST have some solid business ideas, or otherwise he wouldn’t be running for Mayor at the ripe age of 27, right?
Well, instead of backing off of his kooky, not an ounce realistic, plans for an NFL team in Omaha, he has doubled down on it!
“If we don’t get a professional sports team, I guarantee you, Des Moines will get one.”
Well, there you go.
You thought Omaha getting a team was idea worthy of a someone who’s dad just bought them a mayoral campaign. But now he’s convinced that Des Moines is Omaha’s biggest competitor for this???
Just in case there are some grade-schoolers who read this site and don’t quite understand statistics, and the like, here are a few facts.
The very broad Omaha metro is still under a million people.
- San Diego metro, around 3 mil, is losing their NFL team.
- Oakland is losing their team.
- St. Louis, nearly 3 mil metro, lost their team.
- Orlando, 2.4 mil, doesn’t have a team.
- San Antonio, has a stadium, 2.4 mil metro, football nutty Texans, doesn’t have a team.
You can go on down the list, and it will take you a while to hit Omaha.
And then you will scroll even further before you reach Des Moines.
And young Mr. Royal, who thinks that Omaha is still not spending enough on it’s streets, figures a billion dollar NFL stadium is the way to go.
But if your dad buys you lots of TV and radio ads as a wedding present, why WOULDN’T you think you could get an NFL team as well? Kind of like the new immigrant not knowing they can’t vote?
The poor folks just don’t know any better.
Attention other 27-year olds out there!
Unlike Mr. Royal last spring, YOU should vote in the Primary next week!
(Assuming you’re registered…)
Since you’re all going to dive into it anyway, just go ahead and give your thoughts on the defeat of the Obamacare repeal/replace.
Here is a thought though: Yeah, no one likes Obamacare and knows it’s a giant mess. But it also might not be the worst thing in the world that whatever replaces it gets a little more scrutiny.
The biggest joke (well one of them anyway, probably after, “If you like your doctor…”) was the “we have to pass it to see what’s in it.” No one liked that concept, and Congress probably shouldn’t fall for that again.
Some may disagree, and feel anything would have been better than what we have now. Maybe, maybe not. But some patience on this isn’t the end of the world.
What should be watched is a certain someone who will look for a “deal” and a “win” wherever he can get it, especially if it means going over to the other side to accomplish that.
If Gorsuch doesn’t get through for some reason, THEN Republicans can start the wailing and gnashing of teeth.