Archive for January, 2008
Well, now it begins. It’s time for all thoughtful citizens to navigate the media mine fields for the 2008 election. I watch a lot of television and listen to a ton of radio during presidential elections and it always amazes me how the media will focus on everything but the issues. They remind me of maggots on a dead carcass. Now, I know that is a horrible visual, but I wanted to make sure that the point was made. Our democracy is the dead carcass.
It will be especially crucial in this particular election to educate ourselves on where the candidates stand on issues and who they are as people. There are numerous places that one can go to get this information, beginning with the candidate’s websites. This blog has links to places like the NY times political page with links to all of the candidate’s websites. Project Vote Smart is another helpful place to go and get information. Check the facts at “Fact Check”. Go to the political information section of this blog.
I bring this up because being an informed citizen is the least that we can do for the country that we all claim to love and be proud of. So once again, let’s come in off of the playgrounds and stop being herded like sheep by the pundits, media, and focus groups. Let us be thoughtful, rational beings that can and do connect the dots.
I have been quiet lately due to the fact that I have been overwhelmed by the history taking place in front of me. It is the obvious historical inclusion of a woman, a Hispanic, a Mormon, and an African American running for the position of President of the United States. The greater historical event and by far, most significant, is the activity of the population of the country. Those that will participate in the election and those that will not.
It has been described as a movement that surrounds Barack Obama and Mike Huckabee. In spite of lack of money or ethnic make up, these two individuals are making a stand in this race. Why is this so?
I would submit that it is the masses of people that have arrived at the breaking point at the same time, all the events that have taken place over the last seven years that have challenged and changed the “every man”.
I don’t know if you have heard the phrase, “you will until you won’t, and you do until you don’t”. This phrase has always represented the “tipping point” for me … the point of equilibrium that is reached due to the preceding chaos of creation that has occurred.
As I wrote in a post on January 1, 2008, I am ready to take responsibility for the change that I want to see in the world. This is and has been the only primary election year in my life that I have ever looked at my choices and felt that I actually had a choice. There are probably only two people on the Republican or Democratic side that I would never vote for or want them to win the election and the second person just recently put themselves on that list. Most of the candidates who are running in this election are people that I have held in the highest regard throughout the years for their service to this country and their accomplishments.
That brings me to the EXPERIENCE vs. CHANGE argument. One of the things that comforted me in the George W Bush administration was all of the experience that we had in the cabinet appointments. I didn’t agree with Mr. Bush on issues or particularly care for his personality, experience or resume, but I looked at the people that he surrounded himself with and they were seasoned, thoughtful, intelligent people who had accomplished much in their careers. I trusted the EXPERIENCE. How bad could this be after all? These were all people who have been in government for years with a wealth of knowledge and experience.
So what happened? I personally believe that these people placed their EXPERIENCE and REPUTATION before the health and security of our country. They did not listen, hear or see any thing. They were unchangeable and inflexible due too all of the things that they THOUGHT THAT THEY KNEW BASED ON THEIR EXPERIENCE.
This is why I personally am going to harness whatever COURAGE that is within ME and as Bill Clinton says, “toss the dice, believe in the fairy tale”. I made the rational, logical, conservative move last time and look what that got me.
I have reached the “TIPPING POINT”.
I want in my next President, flexibility, the ability to think outside of the box and not depend on the usual solutions to problems that we have been dealing with for years. I want in my next President, someone who is objective driven and will work with whoever it takes to meet a set of objectives and present me, the people, solutions. I want a President who will be honest with me even when I do not like what I am hearing.
I want a President who believes in the United States of America, the People, the Democracy.
Well, I have finally narrowed my choices down to four candidates for the primaries. My choices currently are:
John Edwards and…
Now, I can see the look on some of your faces. This is a rather different group of people. What do they all have in common?
First, I believe that any one of these individuals represents change at a presidential level. They all say what they feel is the best for this country regardless of where they are ranking in the polls on any particular day. I have decided that for me, this election is about change and my individual role in bringing this about.
Second, each of them is elect able. Yes, I did say elect able, that is if you and I will elect them. I will let you ruminate on that.
Third, even though there were other candidates, like Biden, Dodd, and Richardson who have strong qualifications to hold the office of President, they just simply have not been able to effectively get out their message. I would still love to see any of these three as VP candidates on the ticket.
I had thrown out political parties quite some time ago and left that to the “POLITICAL ELITE”, those that profit or perhaps see politics as a game of some sort. I would personally take the most delight at the end of the primary season to see that the people have selected Obama and Huckabee as the nominees. Why would I be perfectly giddy with this outcome? Because this would be the outcome that the “POLITICAL ELITES” never thought would come into fruition. Even though, the media has been quite friendly to Obama, they counted on a population of fearful, biased, uneducated people to never elect someone who had an African ancestry.
Huckabee on the other hand is the nightmare of those who profit off of division. He is probably the closest that we have seen in the last twenty years to a true “Compassionate Conservative”. Now, I know that there are those who will pull out the list: his views on abortion, homosexuality, taxes, immigration, ect. Well, even though I differ with him on some of these issues, I am counting on the integrity that I believe that this man possesses.
McCain, well, he is simply someone who I respect for his consistent sound judgment, integrity and service to our country. He is also someone who places the welfare of this country before his own personal gain and political party.
Edwards on the other hand has been signaling that he has intentions of taking Washington by storm. I simply would not mind seeing exactly what that would look like. I could be disappointed but I am betting on him as the strongest change agent in the race.
The one thing that I know for sure is that I am extremely tired of the lies, and corruption in Washington DC and throughout our society as a whole and will accept my personal responsibility for my contribution to it which is just being silent and apathetic.
I am a better person than that and we are a better country than that.