Butler County Times Gazette
  • Kent Bush: Endorsement sends clear message

  • You can tell a lot about how successful a campaign is by who their supporters are.
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  • At this point in the electoral process, you can tell a lot about how successful a campaign is by who their supporters are.
    Donald Trump is the quarterback of Team Romney. Jack Nicklaus is the official ringer on Romney and Paul Ryan's 4-man scramble golf team. If Nicklaus is the ringer, Johnny VanSant – front man for Lynyrd Skynyrd - is the singer.
    President Barack Obama has no golfers listed on his celebrity endorsement list. But he will see Romney's golf Hall of Famer and raise him baseball Hall of Famer Hank Aaron.
    Obama also finds himself lacking in southern rockers. But he does have Jimmy Buffett. I always wondered why people would order a cheeseburger if they were actually in paradise, but we don't have time for such trivia when the position of ruler of the free world is at stake.
    That's why our campaign didn't mess around with golfers or musicians. I play golf well enough and my running mate is a mighty fine fiddle player – sorry, I had to give him his due.
    But we sought the one endorsement we thought would show people we were serious about both public safety and shining a spotlight on a bad system used to elect a President.
    The Electoral College could only be worse if only dogs were allowed to vote.
    In that vein, we are proud to announce that we have received the endorsement of one of the newest officers on the Augusta, Kan. police force.
    I first met Rico when he finished his initial training. I knew he was going to be a great drug dog for our area. When he heard I was running for President, I think he saw some of those same qualities in me.
    His handler, Sgt. Chad McCluskey and Safety Department Chief Tyler Brewer sat down with Rico and transcribed what became one of the best endorsements the Bush-Natvig write-in candidacy has received to date.
    It said in part, "Hi, I'm Rico the police dog. I am endorsing Kent Bush as a write-in candidate for the President of the United States. One might ask himself, what qualifications does a dog have to give such an endorsement. Well, I entered government work a year ago after pawing around in civilian life. I was a long time advocate of long naps and scratching. That way of life was getting me nowhere and I soon found that I was always barking up the wrong tree. I also realized that I needed to stop chasing cars and settle down. I became interested in politics and government work after attending Canine High and getting a degree from the University of Purina.
    I normally keep my muzzle shut but our present state of affairs has caused me to get my tail wagged. Mandated vet care from one candidate and the other takes vacations with his poor mutt stashed on the luggage rack!
    Page 2 of 2 - My guy is Kent Bush. Why, you ask?
    His platforms are clear:
    He believes crimes should be against the law, that you should come from a good family, because while breeding isn't everything, it is said to be lots of fun, that you should be decisive; probably, that our troops should never retreat, just advance backwards for strategic purposes."
    As you can tell, Rico is better as a K9 officer than a political pundit – although he is as good as most of what AM Radio, MSNBC and FOX News have to offer.
    The sad thing is that, thanks to the Electoral College, in a non-swing state Rico's vote is as valuable as yours.
    For those of you who worship the U.S. Constitution as a secondary holy text, don't think for a minute that this wasn't by design.
    When the framers wrote our founding document, black people, women and people who did not own land couldn't vote. The slaveowners of the southern states did insure that non-voting blacks counted as three-fifths of a person so that they entitled themselves to a larger representation in Congress.
    With that additional representation in Congress, they also secured more seats in the Electoral College. It sounds like some of our founding fathers at times measured fairness with a thumb on the scale.
    One of the biggest problems with the Electoral College is the legitimacy of the office of President. The fact that a President can be elected by winning 12 states by the smallest margins and losing the popular vote by a wide margin would compromise that administration and weaken the President's position in the country and our country's position in global politics.
    Utilizing a broken system to elect the most powerful person in America is foolish.
    The fact that it "probably won't happen" is an extraneous argument. We have to protect the authority and legitimacy of our top elected official in the same way we do the lower offices – with the popular vote deciding the winner.
    Only then can we be sure the right person lives at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.
    But until we make a stand and tell those in power that we want them to make a change, it won't happen. Change the way you vote and vote to encourage a real change. A write-in vote for Bush-Natvig on Nov. 6 delivers that message in a loud clear voice.
    Kent Bush is the Augusta Gazette Publisher, a columnist and blogger for the GateHouse Media Network. He can be contacted at publisher@augustagazette.com.

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