Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Arnold "Schwarzenkennedy" now truly lives up to his nickname

I am proud to say that I did not vote for Arnold Schwarzenegger either time he ran for governor of California. I voted for former California State Senator and current California Congressional Representative Tom McClintock in 2003, and in 2006, I voted for the Libertarian candidate; I think his last name was Olivier. So why did I twice vote for someone other than the Republican Schwarzenegger? Because he wasn't a Republican, although he called himself one. I can call myself a Chinese jet pilot, but that doesn't make it so. Schwarzenegger was known for some rather left-of-center stances from the get-go, and he did nothing but go further left as his governorship went on. We conservatives didn't call him Arnold "Schwarzenkennedy" just because he married into that famous family; his politics fit in quite nicely as well. Now that we know about his extra child that he fathered with his maid, I would confidently contend that Arnold is now officially a true Kennedy!

And now that we know that the entire time he was governor, he was hiding a rather illicit part of his life from not only his family, but the voters, I have to wonder about something: Were any of Schwarzenegger's decisions as governor influenced by this delicate situation? What if someone who had his ear to the political landscape had knowledge of this "love child" and used the information to blackmail favors from the governor? Like for instance, what if a prison sentence for a convicted voluntary manslaughterer came up for review, and the governor inexplicably lopped off almost half of that 16-year sentence? What if that man slaughterer was the son of a former speaker of the California State Assembly?

Am I saying that is the reason Schwarzenegger commuted the sentence of Estaban Nunez, son of former Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez? Of course not. However, when politicians do things of questionable morality that open them up to possible exploitation, blackmail, and extortion, then every act or decision that politician makes is open to suspicion.

Of course on the other hand, the Jesuit monk currently sitting in California's governor's seat is making some rather questionable decisions as well. What's his excuse?

"If a nation expects to be ignorant and free... it expects what never was, and never will be." -Thomas Jefferson


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