Hell of a Guy

Wishing the Election Were Over…

09/05/2008

I am soooo sick of Obama and McCain and all the thousands of local politicians that seemingly usurp all the airtime on TV these days.  I am sick of their TV ads and their speeches and their conventions.  This dumb election could have been held months ago.  We should throw all the presidential contenders on a ballot and the one with the most votes gets to take on the very thankless job of President.  It would save us a lot of time and a hell of a lot of money.  Let’s face it, they are all liars, and if you think differently you are either very liberal or very conservative.  The proof will come once one of them gets into the office and a year or two years down the road we are exactly where we are right now.

Whoever wins this thing in November of 2008 will be ridiculed for four years, perhaps eight.  He will be called a “do nothing” or worse.  In 2012 and 2016, some TV ads will be talking about a candidate wanting to “bring about change” and revitalize the American Dream the incumbent president has screwed up.  It is always the same; the only thing that changes is the faces and the names.  But all of these people do go into this thing with what they believe is the right thing to do for the country.  No one ever becomes president with an agenda to take down the United States or do harm to it in anyway.  Only a dumbass like Rosie O’Donnell would think so.

I really want to think of myself as an independent voter, but I am a registered republican, and not necessarily a good one.  I don’t agree with the republican stance on a woman’s right to choose what happens to her body, but I am not for wholesale abortions.  I definitely do not agree with the republicans on gun control.  I would do away with all of them, and if I could not, registering one would take a very, very long time.  And, God knows, no one will ever call me a right-wing Christian, though I consider myself a re-born lover of God.

As for the other side, I ain’t no liberal.  I don’t believe for a minute a national healthcare program will work.  If it could, we would have had one in the 90’s when the Clintons were president (“It takes a Village”).  Personally, I don’t see it ever getting through the House and the Senate.  I am not in favor of big government and new entitlement programs.  It ticks me off to hear the democrats speak of taking 17 million people off the tax payer rolls.  I believe everyone should pay some taxes in order to be able to vote for politicians that would remove them from the tax rolls.  I don’t care how much they pay, as long as they pay.  I don’t think anyone should receive something for nothing.  It sounds too much like Christian charity, and the dems can’t be associated with that group or they might be liberal republicans.  I’d like to see a flat tax, and don’t care if it is 20% or 25%; it could even be graduated, but every American worker would be required to pay a percentage of his/her income.  At least that way everyone would have a stake in the election, and not just a free ride.

So, I am at odds with myself as to whom to give my vote.  Do I go with Obama?  I am very proud of the democrats for choosing him as their candidate.  Many of us never thought we would see the day when an African-American (even though he is actually only half, but close enough for most people, I suppose?) could be elected to the highest office in the land.  I do not agree with everything he says or proposes, but I like the guy, and I do believe has enough experience to be president.  A president is only as good as the people he surrounds himself with as advisors.  I do think he could have done better than Biden as a choice for VP.

As for McCain, he is actually a democrat in disguise.  Some years ago he was being courted by the democrats to switch allegiance and possibly run for higher office as one of them.  I think at age seventy-two he at best is a one-term president should he win.  Perhaps Hillary can switch sides and run as a republican in 2012 if Obama wins in November?  I do not agree with all he says either.  I think corporations and business should also pay a flat tax on their profits and get no exemptions.  And as one of my co-workers said, his selection as a running mate is kind of hot.

By my count we have just another 60 days of this crap, and I, for one, will be so glad when it is over, but for the meantime I am left with a difficult decision.  So, when the time gets here – that’s when I close the curtain behind me as I step into the voting booth – I’ll make one, but right this minute I am teetering on the fence post.

And that is all I have to say about that… 

 
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