For the last several years we have heard about deficit cuts, smaller government, reductions or eliminations of programs and tightening of regulations to help stabilize and rebuild an economy that has been the worst seen in nearly a century. The political firestorm between the political activists has been fierce and nearly all election polls show a slim margin of victory for either candidate. The political rhetoric and campaign ads have gone from congenial to slanderous and the candidates themselves have begun the last minute ploys to undermine the credibility of their opponent. Even the recently silent and outspoken parties like Occupy Wall Street and the Tea Party have slowed efforts to concentrate on getting people out of their houses and apartments to actually vote.
The hurricane collision of Hurricane Sandy and a Arctic cold front are colliding to bring a rare and potentially deadly mix affecting the East Coast of the United States from the Carolina Coast to New England and Nova Scotia, bringing with it flood waters, freezing temperatures and high winds. Sounds vaguely familiar to the same political climate that has been brought upon the American public for some time. We don’t mean to make light of the devastation and loss of life due to these Acts of God(s) or climate change (depending on your beliefs), but the storm of politics in America has reached a feverish pitch that will culminate on November 6, 2012.
Just mere days before the election, both sides are trying to rally troops and ground forces to leverage the power of the people. Even with that, it may not make a difference when the Electoral College gets their hands into the mess of things. Everyone we have talked to is going to vote. Some have made a decision, some say they are still on edge waiting for a bombshell to hit (… and no, it wasn’t Donald Trump calling out Obama). Maybe it was the FEMA comments from Romney that will make the decision for some and maybe it won’t. Maybe it will be the relief efforts over the next few days leading up to the election and how the Obama Administration can react to natural disasters better than George Bush could with Katrina. Either way, as we move forward to the eminent day, we all have one thing to consider… Will the world really end on December 21st… Only one way to find out…
As students of politics, we’ve seen our share of twisted rhetoric and outright lies, it just seems that it is part of the game that is played and the rules that apply to everyone else really don’t matter if you’re a politician. In this heated presidential race, the debates between candidates are supposed to be a banter of congenial disapproval and fact slicing against the opponent. In stead we have finally gotten to the heart of the issues that face nearly 50% of Americans. Forget about the 47% that Mitt Romney quoted or the silent minority that President Obama is trying to sway, it really comes down to a divided society of wealth and those who can afford to buy enough influence to persuade the American people the other candidate is worse than they are…
We all know that some have the money and most do not, but the divide is growing and the ideal of an independent America where all people are “created equal” is a dream still not realized since our forefathers created this great nation. Can true equality be reached? Can equality that was once considered only to be divided by race and gender spread to the equality of wealth? It takes money to survive – to buy food, clothes and shelter; everything else is a luxury that can be afforded by those who can afford more. A better car, a better house, a bigger boat… all things that are not truly necessary but are the spoils of the wealthy and those who can afford the lifestyle. So why should they give it up? Why should they have to give up the riches to help those less fortunate? It’s not about writing a check once a year to your favorite charity or passing out turkeys once a year to appease the ‘little people’, it goes much further and deeper.
Sure, some say becasue they could afford to go to an Ivy League School or got hand picked to take a million dollar a year salary and multimillion dollar severance package that they are more important somehow; ask each of the candidates this question and you will get a different answer. Ask someone who grew up or and accumulated some wealth and ask someone who has lived a privileged lifestyle since birth about what really matters. Those who grew up with privilege believe it is a right and that all economic woes are the fault of the ‘Average American’ not buckling down, working hard and contribution to society. Those who grew up poor and have achieved some sense of wealth will say it is the responsibility of those in power to help those less fortunate. Either way, neither is right.
What it truly will come down to in this election between Romney and Obama is which candidate can more effectively make their opponent look like they don’t care about the growth, prosperity and equality of all Americans. The one who can do that is the one who will occupy the White House next February.
We all know that you have to have some twisted chromosome if you want to be leader of the Free World, but what traits actually are needed for the President of the United States? If we look at history, the good ole’ USA has had some big talking, big stick carrying leaders that wielded power to their advantage and sometimes crushing opponents to shine a light on the best traits that appeal to voters. Both candidates have charisma and a certain sense of Hollywood charm, but getting past the popularity contest and the campaign smearing – it’s about who really can be a better leader.
Joblessness, economic collapse, high debt, foreclosures, higher taxes and lower wages are all on the list of concerns for most Americans. In the recent Presidential Debate, it was clear who was a better talker and slinger of the words that needed to be heard by the onlookers. Obama (who openly admits he’s not good at debating) looked like the sheepish schoolkid trying to defend himself instead of taking a commanding lead. Romney, on the other hand has had lots of experience in slinging the corporate B.S. to the workers who believed their leader would lead them to salvation while sucking the pockets dry of resources until they wither and die.
So who really wins in a debate? Obviously people are standing by with Olympic style scorecards as they rate every question and quality of response, but we never see that; nor do we see the audience with hand buzzers rating the responses as they are blurted to the world. We could make some things a little more interesting for the next presidential debate, try a few of these:
In the mean time, we’ll get to see the battle continue and the lies and accusations fall from each side. Who is the better candidate? You really have to ask yourself the question it usually comes down to… who do you hate least?
It really doesn’t matter who signed what or what was said before the election race began shortly after Obama won the White House, it’s all over now. It used to be: “If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all…”, but not in American Politics. In fact, it has gotten so bad that neither candidate can no longer talk about their own strengths, they are forced to defend themselves against false accusations and innuendo coming from all directions. The strength of a candidate used to be based on what morally upstanding, personally responsible and ethically understood by the ‘the people’ – now it is who can get off more digs and more jabs from the verbal and visual media slingshot than the other guy. Defend yourself by defaming the other so badly that you look like the better of the two candidates – or four candidates if you include the VP.
It’s changed so much that it can be judged by who has the most Twitter followers and who can cause the viral content blasted through the internet in seconds. In today’s youth based technology society, it may be preferred to vote with your phone like an American Idol, but in the case of the Presidential Election, you actually have to get off your lazy ass and go to a polling station, show your ID and wait in line to cast your vote behind a curtain. Then, in what is supposed to be a truthful and transparent process, your votes are tallied and given the “the smarter’ Electoral College who then votes based on – well, pretty much however they want.
All of the whiners and bitcher’s for the last four years will hear the uproar of the media and those who thought they voted for change will probably get it – just not the kind they were thinking of…. It’s a game that gets played out every four years as the country gets sucked into debates that weigh little on the long term solutions but more heavily on the character flaws of the opponent and the negative progress that may or may not have happened. Say what you like, but EVERY President has success and failure – the same as any challenger. It comes down to who you believe in and who has the best line of B.S., becasue no matter who wins, there is no way they can fulfill all of the promises made as part of a campaign. Or did you think everything they said was true… If you did, we have a timeshare in Florida that is right up your belief system.