On the Eighth Day of Christmas, my true love said to me: it’s a leap year!


And OH MY GOD!  That means that there are ONLY 360 shopping days left until Christmas 2012….  The Seventh Day of Christmas is New Year’s Eve, the Eighth Day of Christmas is New Year’s Day, and the Ninth Day of Christmas (January 2) is the Monday New Year’s Day Holiday this year, so really and truly, it’s even worse: even with the extra day in February there only remain 358 days until the next Christmas Eve early closing—what shall we do?  What shall we EVER do?  Happy 12th Night and Epiphany-Tide Everybody!  The card shelves in the Supermarkets and Pharmacies will soon be stuffed with Valentine’s Day cards, which for the most part have little or nothing to do with true love, but these will rapidly vanish and give way to Easter Cards which (also for the most part) have little or nothing to do with death, resurrection, sacrifice, or salvation, these will immediately then be replaced first by Mother’s and then Father’s day cards which are all basically an insult to the family, then 4th of July cards which for the most part ridicule the very notion of Patriotism and ignore such dull and mundane topics as Individual Responsibility or the real costs of Freedom and Democracy.  It will then be “back to school” time for the next couple of months until sometime in early September Halloween Cards will appear and we will know that “the end is near” for 2012….and in effect we’ll be right back where we started just now with Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s—and life between the cards will keep in its petty pace from day-to-day…

But for a change, this year, I will invite the people of the State of California to throw the Establishment on its ear—and elect a Constitutional Democratic Republican from this State to the United States Senate.  If a Constitutional Democratic Republican could be elected from California, it would probably be for the very first time in California history.  Although I confess I have not studied the early history of California Senatorial representation prior to the 17th Amendment, the pair of facts that the FIRST California Senator elected in 1850 was John Charles Fremont (founder of the modern “big government” Republican Party) and the 11th was George Hearst, father of William Randolph Hearst, lead me to feel fairly secure that no major Constitutional Democratic-Republican thinking has ever dominated California politics “at least not very much.”   California’s 9th Senator, Newton Booth (1875-1881) was an “Anti-Monopolist”, a party name which I can wholeheartedly endorse without supporting any plank of the party’s actual platform stances (other than anti-monopolist enactment of anti-trust laws, in that the party’s others stances included repeal of the 17th Amendment and a graduated income tax, both of which have haunted the 20th century and now the 21st as major political and constitutional disasters….

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