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Davenport's first rule

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In “Night Prey” by John Sanford, Sanford’s protagonist Lucas Davenport gives a great explanation of the problems caused by politicians in the United States.

“The media’s like a fever.” Lucas explained

“Heat starts to build up. The people in the neighborhoods get scared, and they start calling their city councilmen. The councilmen panic-that’s what politicians, do, basically is panic and they start calling the mayor. The mayor calls the chief. The chief is a politician who is appointed by the mayor, so she panics and the shit flows downhill.”

“I don’t understand the panic. You’re doing everything you can.”

“You have to look at Davenport’s first rule of how the world really works,” Lucas said.

“I don’t think I’ve heard that one,” Weather said.

“It’s simple,” he said. “A politician will never, ever, get a better job when he is out of office.”

“That’s it?”

“That’s it. That explains everything. They’re desperate to hang onto their jobs. That’s why they panic. They lose the election, it’s back to the car wash.”

The founding fathers had good reason not to want this country to have career politicians. That is because career politicians feather their own nests first and then they may look out for their constituents.

Government at all levels continues to expand. Who benefits? The politicians benefit. That explains why there are so many RINOs in the republican party.

The republican base believes in small and limited government but the RINOs would rather enrich themselves than do what is best for the country.

If you want to see a good example of a RINO, look at Michigan State Senator Randy Richardville.



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