The story of mighty Casey coming to bat in the bottom of the 9th inning, with his team down 4-2; with runners on 3rd and 2nd base, mighty Casey represents the winning run.
But there was to be no joy in Mudville, for mighty Casey would strike out on three pitches.
Whenever national elections are held and the Republican Party garners some great victory, it's always occurred to me those voters who elected these men and women to office are like those fans of the Mudville Nine who believed a mighty Casey was always on the verge of knocking it of the park for ol' Ronald Reagan.
But like mighty Casey, these Republican saviors of the Old Republic will always strike out.
Voting is, as this all-too-important scene from Starship Troopers makes clear, an exercise of force.
And this power isn't used for noble purposes by those who acquire it; it's used to ensure those who acquire it get to exercise the spoils of victory and forever deprive those who so foolishly relinquished power from ever having the opportunity of reclaiming it. [Minority leaders blast de Blasio over NYPD upheaval, New York Post, 11-4-14]:
Mayor Bill de Blasio faced a bigger crisis Monday than just the abrupt resignation of the city’s highest-ranking black cop — as minority leaders blasted his handling of the NYPD and warned of political consequences.
Nearly a dozen key members of the mayor’s core base raged at de Blasio over the departure of Chief of Department Philip Banks III, who quit Friday rather than accept a promotion to a position that he felt had little power.
“The mayor leads the city, not the commissioner,” Assemblyman Walter Mosley (D-Brooklyn) said during a City Hall news conference.
“So we’re going to ask the mayor, along with the commissioner, to be held accountable, because ultimately, we know that those decisions they make here at City Hall and at 1 Police Plaza have a disparate impact on my community and those communities we represent throughout the five boroughs.”
Councilwoman Vanessa Gibson (D-Bronx) said de Blasio hadn’t delivered on his promises to crack down on alleged abuses by cops and improve police relations with the city’s minorities.
Several speakers faulted de Blasio for letting Bratton force out both Banks and former First Deputy Commissioner Rafael Pineiro, who resigned under fire from Bratton in September.
“When the top black and brown people resign from the NYPD, we’re worried that the atmosphere there is not yet right for the change we were hoping to see,” said Councilman Jumaane Williams (D-Brooklyn).
Councilman Donovan Richards (D-Queens) said, “We want the power. I think that’s the message we’re trying to send here.”"We want the power."
The "change we were hoping to see" that Councilman Jumaane Williams is power being consolidating into the hands of non-whites, fumbled away by noble whites too ensconced in the belief of an egalitarian future where race doesn't matter.
It will always matter.
It's all that matters.