A Political Election: What I Saw was Bizarre

By | November 7, 2018

By guest blogger Sadako Red [see disclaimer]

[November 7, 2018]  “How many times did you vote today?,” so asked a young woman; dirty clothes, matted hair, and a smell of cheap booze on her breath.  There I was in a ragged group of voters, having just finished my turn to punch the right shard and carry-out my civic duty to vote when she came right up to me and looked into my face.  I smiled as I thought that someone actually had the balls to ask me if I had done something illegal and undoubtedly unethical to boot.  As this woman moved on, I was surprised to hear from the older man standing next to me that it’s common for people to vote multiple times in the 10th voting district but rare to hear them ask others about it openly.  Today, he noted, they are more emboldened because “Trump is a Nazi.”  Gee whiz and I thought that our divisive political climate would abate a bit at the election booth.  Guess I was wrong.

What we do in life matters; what we say is a reflection on not just ourselves but on our family, our friends, and our community, and how we reach out to and treat others says a lot about our upbringing.  This young woman was not the only unanticipated gift at the voting booth.  As I approached the table with the A-to-E last-name sign, a young man with the big book in front of him (apparently contained names and signatures of those registered to vote), I pulled out my wallet to get my photo id.  I’m used to using my DoD Identification Card (called a CAC card) for all sorts of things like this and handed it to the man behind the desk.  “No way, put that ID away,” he told me.  You see, it’s illegal to ask for or see any form of identification when voting in D.C.  It’s not even recommended.  Had I known that already, I’d been ready to just smile and sign my name.  Maybe they compared the signatures?  Nope, I was told it mattered not and to even asking for a form of an ID or comparing signatures was racist, misogynistic, and queer-bashing or something certainly horrific.  What about my home address?  That too was irrelevant.

What you do for a living says something about you.  It says that you have worked hard in school, cultivated the right contacts, developed your leadership skills (haha, take that General Satterfield), and stayed out of trouble with the law.  Working at the Department of Defense for the last few decades helped put me on the right path.  I even have a security clearance and thus have been investigated by some mystic organizations that one day turn up and say you’re fit to keep secrets.  Oh, it takes maybe a year or so, but no hurry when you’re safeguarding the United States of America.  At the voting district 10, I was to discover from the young woman with matted hair that this meant I was just a cog in the wheel of a capitalist machine that destroys people and that I was being exploited “to enrich the Jews.”  Wow, I didn’t know that.

I was told that I could get paid for each time I voted for the Democrat incumbent (that’s a political party for all you readers from Canada).  Yeah, like a Democrat would lose in a district that could have created a landslide election for Hillary Clinton just two years ago; if they’d only thought of that at the time.  One man, one vote?  Who contemplates such elitist things when there is a big payday after you vote again and again.  With all due respects, I must say here and now that I politely turned down the offer to vote again that day.  And, yes, I was probably a bourgeoisie who exploits the poor, discredits those working for equality, and likely kills little kittens for fun.  The ancient Greek philosopher Socrates once warned us to “beware the barrenness of a busy life.”  I’m sure he was part of the proletariat and would have enjoyed making a few extra Benjamins for voting a few extra times.  What the heck?

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Author: Sadako Red Disclaimer: I chose the pen name Sadako Red in order to remove any notoriety reflecting on my other real job as a very senior executive in the Department of Defense. Naturally, my opinion is my opinion only and despite DoD wanting to associate with my fine work, they cannot have it. Trust me, they want it. Trust me, they can’t stand for it.

33 thoughts on “A Political Election: What I Saw was Bizarre

  1. Martin Shiell

    “Bizarre” I would have used some other word like “insane” or “nuts”. Hey, maybe there is not good word to describe the craziness engulfing so many people.

  2. Dennis Mathes

    Sadako Red is the greatest. I think he may be the best guest blogger around the Internet.

  3. Kenny Foster

    Another great article by SD. Love your writing. Loved your’s today. I voted but like all Americans, I voted only once.

  4. Douglas R. Satterfield

    As regular readers of my blog know, I try to bring various viewpoints on leadership to light. Sadako Red brings an unusual perspective and an in-your-face yet fact-based opinion about the political environment in the United States. He will tell you what he thinks but bases this in clear-eyed observation and careful analysis. I will invite him to make more frequent contributions to this website.

    1. Bill Sanders, Jr.

      And it’s appreciated. Sadako Red is a great writer and we are happy to read more about him too.

  5. Delf A. "Jelly"

    Hey ‘Red’, keep up the great writing. Thanks for making my day.

  6. Sadako Red

    Thanks to all who responded and read my article today. I will consider more frequent contributions but my job in DC takes up much of my time. More importantly, I need to spend time with my family. I was able to write this article last night after voting because my wife took the kids to Arizona to visit her mother.

    1. Big Al

      We all understand. Either you are a busy person with responsibilities at work and home or you are looking for handouts. You certainly make the case for the former.

  7. Shawn C. Stolarz

    I had a similar experience in the Bronx, NY where there were men peeing on the side of buildings and young people hustling for me to vote multiple times. They also don’t require ID in New York.

  8. Georgie M.

    It doesn’t take long reading Sadako Red’s articles to see where he is coming from. He’s right on target with his observations that violations of the law should be punished. Just like the women who made false accusations against Judge Kavanaugh during the Supreme Court hearings. The fact that many women said that we should believe them no matter what are now having a hard time explaining why these same women admitted to lying and making it all up. This makes all women look stupid and petty.

    1. Lady Hawk

      Good point, but can we now believe women who make rape allegations anymore? This is the result.

    2. Lynn Pitts

      Those women should be arrested, put on trial, and jailed if found guilty. That way and only that way will people stop making false accusations.

  9. Army Captain

    SD should be recommended for a regular weekly post here at Gen. Satterfield’s leadership blog. It would be wonderful to read more about the experiences and intellect of SD.
    Great job on this article.

    1. Gil Johnson

      I agree that he should be a regular contributor, just like Mr. Kennedy III and Army Vet.

  10. Nancy J.

    Sadako Red you never disappoint. This was another one of your witty well written articles.
    I too was blown away when I presented my photo ID only to be told it was illegal to ask for any form of identification. I’m still dumbfounded. But not as dumbfounded as I am that my state voted into office a man who is void of any moral or ethical standards. I’ll give you two guesses as to where I live.

  11. Tracey Brockman

    My nose is still burning from the hot coffee that I coughed up through it when I read S.D.’s post today. Wow. Great stuff.

  12. Greg Heyman

    What has our country come to? To openly flaunt the law and then suffer no consequences.

  13. Willie Shrumburger

    I’m a huge fan of yours Sadako Red. Please keep up writing. So wonderful to read your articles. This one was so spot on and yet sad but humorous.

    1. Len Jakosky

      I think you will discover that nearly everyone here is a fan of SD. Me too. This blog post read like the beginning of a popular novel. I couldn’t wait to get to the end to see what happened.

    2. Scotty Bush

      🙂 Another fan here. Thank you, thank you, thank you Sadako Red.

  14. Ronny Fisher

    Typical socialists you have there in D.C. The ends justify the means and there is no embarrassment about that fact. If it means voting many times, illegal aliens voting, or children voting … the so be it.

  15. Bryan Lee

    “The Greek playwright Sophocles wrote in Electra (c 409 B.C.), ‘The end excuses any evil,’ a thought later rendered by the Roman poet Ovid as ‘The result justifies the deed’ in ‘Heroides’ (c. 10 B.C.).”

  16. Mr. T.J. Asper

    This is an opportunity for me to teach my students today on what NOT to do when you go vote. Thanks. I’m one of your ardent fans.

    1. Maureen S. Sullivan

      and teach them that you don’t get paid for voting more. this only came about when the demo-rats took over.

  17. Danny Burkholder

    I was rolling around on the floor of my house after reading your blog post this morning, Sadako Red. My dog thought I was going crazy and I even woke my wife to have her read it too. Great post. We would like to see more of this nonPC style. Loving it.


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