Friday, November 30, 2007

Middle-American Philosophies and The Vote

In a little less than a year we will have a new President of the United States of America. Normally I would begin to claps my hands together and throw them to the sky praising 'Hallelujah' but I have very little faith that Americans will do the right thing, especially with the candidates we have pursuing the highly coveted position of "Master of the World'. Oh, My Bad, I mean President of the United States of America.

I watch, listen, read and talk constantly about the nature of our political makeup. I take to task the Liberals and Conservatives, Democrats, Republicans and Independents with all of what they say and not say. My head aches from trying to decipher the hidden agendas, the political jargon and the messages between the lines of both press and print. It's the finest of high wire acts to balance the junk and dirt of our political process and the truth and fairness that it should be.

Following politics and political news is a harsh reminder of ones school day nightmares, the days, weeks and years locked in History classes of dry mono-toned readings and pictures of men in white wigs and stoic behavior. Reading old facts and events that at that time, clearly had no relevant connection to your youth and years later you have the free will to not pay attention to current events, those events making history because we mostly decide to end our mental classes early. Every day our knowledge of the historical moments of our nation are fit between the latest box scores and a Hollywood gossip.

So now its countdown, our caucus elections are coming up very soon. Ohio, South Carolina, Iowa and Florida citizens will be making a crucial decision on who out of the top political performers will sit on the throne of North America. Outside of the fact that the general election will most likely focus on the United States traditional two-party system, when you travel the nation and talk to many Americans across the country, you often find that people really don't pay attention to the issues. Most get their news about candidates based on non-political influences, biased reporting, religious guilt, pundit charactertures, confined beliefs that party is more important than practical reasoning and illogical decisions based on sound bites. In essence, there is little decision based on actual research or even common sense. Worst, you have those that do not come out to vote at all, disregarding their citizen's responsibility, constitutional right and national obligation for deciding on a Presidential leader much less a local figure.

When you talk to the average American about politics, you get them to a place where their true thoughts and feelings are exposed. I get many responses similar to the attitudes found on the website Casa D'Ice. These signs displayed may seem politically incorrect to some and or funny to others but the truth of the matter is, this is how citizens feel in Middle America and in all those small towns you pass on I-95. And these folks vote.

Since they have this vote, there should not be any excuses for a low turn out or lack of full disclosure of the candidates. Living outside the Caucus states and knowing in the last two Presidential elections both Florida and Ohio were at the middle of both polling scandals and election confirmations , how can I feel comfortable that my interests will be addressed. My concerns aren't party affiliated but serious Common Sensible.

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