Yep, it’s here! Election day is right around the corner and it’s time to vote in another dude for president. And in true form, we find ourselves immersed in all the glory and excitement that the 2012 election process brings. Whoo hoo! The autumn air is crisp and cool and those who love voting and elections are probably prepping for a ticker-tape party the moment their guy wins. What an awesome time to celebrate with friends and champagne!
On the flip side, we also need to be truthful with ourselves and acknowledge all the ridiculous waste a presidential elections can bring. And, there is a lot of it.
While people across the country continue to struggle financially, both candidates unapologetically waste millions of dollars annoying the very people they hope to get on their side. They produce a slew of pathetic (and expensive) TV ads, featuring old school back-biting, belittling, and lots of other un-gentlemanly messaging aimed at swaying us to vote for them.
They must think we are dummies. They raise obscene amounts of money at various events and plug it in to the very ads we despise. If they took half the money they raised and fed some hungry people or helped job-up the jobless, we’d actually see fundraising put to excellent use. Five million dollars can go a long way in the streets of Los Angeles. Realizing the incredible success they have in fundraising (they secure millions within one event) why not parlay that into a CAMPAIGN PROMISE where they fundraise like hell once a year and throw the money at something that matters – like college kids who can’t afford another semester or homeless families living in their vehicles. There is no shortage of situations, and this would be needed change.
Our ‘hopefuls’ also love to drag us through debates where it seems both sides cannot resist overpowering and bullying each other like little boys on the playground, and for what? You’re a liar, no, YOU’RE a liar. Who knows who’s a liar, and who cares? We can sniff out a lie all on our own, thank you.
I suppose it can get very confusing today for the candidates, keeping up with all the “new” types of voters out there these days. Independent, undecided, swing, NPR Republicans, Reagan Democrats, America First Democrats, Gay Libertarians, Tea Party, Undocumented, and now the “Facebook generation”. Makes my head spin – and I also question if my party’s name is cool enough!
Meanwhile, 2013 is almost here and this January someone will be in power over the United States of America. So…if we want to have a say-so, we MUST get out there and vote. And in the end, after we wipe away the tears, we will try to respect the new choice, knowing this one guy CANNOT get everything done and please all of the hard-to-please in four short years. He can ramp up his presidential legacy, form a life-long impression for himself, but it’s impossible to turn around all that ails us in such a short timeframe. Nonetheless… we should support our leader as much as humanly possible, as our personal integrity allows – and know that it’s okay to support him, even if not our choice. I for one, hope to give the winning guy a break, and try to keep my uninvited opinions on the down-low. We are a wild bunch of crazy and impatient individuals and difficult to please. But deep down we are sincere and civilized, loving and decent, and live in the best place on the planet, so let’s take advantage of the moment and show everyone who we are, and how it’s done when you are a resident of the US of A…the best country on earth! Godspeed.