John Liming’s look at the 2012 election season and the choice which confronts him.
Some Republicans and others (My Fellow Libs) are apparently seeing a need to remind us that the Presidential Election of November, 2012 is fast approaching.
With all the noise and blather that has been flooding the media for the past several months and with the probable explosion in the sale of nostrums for treatment of indigestion and diarrhea and with all the probable arguments arising from who is going to watch what on the television sets of the nation – - – I would answer that assertion about the approaching election with a resounding “Duuhhhh!”
I think this is probably the longest, noisiest and nastiest election cycle I have ever lived through. Maybe it is my age creeping up on me.
But this election has been one that, in my rather colorful definitions, could tie knots in people’s shorts.
I can attest that it has curdled some of my Ka-diddly.
I have been reading Conservative newspaper editorials again because I still cannot understand how some people’s heads are screwed on and some of those editorials are giving me a choice to make about whether I want a President who has all the smarts to be able to create jobs and to make money or one who knows how to destroy jobs and spend more money than the country could ever hope to take in through taxation, commerce or anything else.
Choice is a wonderful thing!
But I know in my heart that no matter who I vote for in November, it will not be my vote that decides the outcome of the contest. That will be done by some mysterious entity known as “The Electoral College.” That will be accomplished under what I consider to be a totally unfair way of determining the winners of elective offices under some strange doctrinal practice known as “Winner Take All.”
And I have this really sneaking suspicion, way down where my toes grow, that this election has a chance of becoming the first one in the History of the country to have actually been “Bought” (Purchased) by millions and millions of dollars from Super Political Action Committees (PACs) – - – a unique gift given to The American People by the strongly Conservative Supreme Court.
Very creative! Very ingenious! How did that happen anyway? Who was asleep at the wheel when that occurred?
As far as I am concerned, the whole American Electoral schematic is askew and drifting around in a sea of confusion, coercion, manipulation and control from someone other than the ordinary every day voting jock like me.
When the editorial writer speaks that I have a choice to elect a President who is able to create jobs, I have to ask myself, “Is he talking about creating jobs for Americans here in The Continental United States or is he talking about creating jobs for foreign workers in foreign countries?
Do I want a President who knows the importance of rewarding businesses who keep jobs here in America or do I want a President who has indulged in the fine sport of outsourcing?
So just who is this editorial writer talking about when he asks if I want a President who is a job destroyer such as was mentioned in the first paragraph of this blog post?
Or have I missed something somewhere along the path?
The editorial writer goes on to ask if I want a President who “Knows How To Make Money.”
My question then becomes, “Do I want a President who is skilled at making a fortune for himself or do I want a President who has a plan to see to it that I can make a little money myself?”
Both the candidates are wealthy according to the best information at my disposal. So if that is the case, what does a candidate’s personal wealth have to do with anything? It is pretty obvious to me that both candidates are pretty well versed in the art of making money. What is the point?
The editorial writer than brags that his choice of a candidate – - – which just happens to be a Republican – - – or at least I think he is a Republican – - – from what I have been hearing on the evening news lately that question might be a little up in the air itself right now because it has been reported that some who consider themselves as Republicans have been jumping ship on their candidate – - -My question is “Why would Republicans be bailing on their candidate?” Is there something “Un-Republican in the mix somewhere that is making someone nervous or that might be making them feel unsure or unsettled about some things?
The writer tells me that his candidate is a “Self Made Man” and that President Obama’s success is some kind of mystery to most people and that a lot of what should be known about The President has been hidden from The American People.
Actually, I do not know all that much about the Republican Candidate at this point either. Maybe that is some kind of failure on my part.
Maybe I was chasing aphids out of the radish patch and missed something.
But from my perspective knowing details about individual candidates and their lives and how they make their money and the kind of personal success they have had is not the important thing.
The important things to me are what will the candidates do to make sure that I have some kind of success myself.
So far, I am afraid that The Conservative Campaign has not been too open mouthed about what they intend to do if they get elected in November.
I have heard a lot of them talking about “Their Plans” but, to date I haven’t really heard any detailed explanation of what those plans might entail or what they might require from The American People or what they might offer to The American People.
Before I cast a vote, I really need more specifics.
On the contrary, I have a good idea of what President Obama will do as President if he gets a second go around because I have seen what he has done this time around. There is no mystery there and I believe I can trust what I have seen more than I can trust what I am asked to take on faith without having seen.
John publishes Blue Heart Chronicles.