The more and more I turn on the TV or head over to www.MSNBC.com (which is about the most independent U.S. news source I can find) to look at national news or whatever is going on currently in our country and the world, the more and more I seem to find a newfound burning hatred for the current "election" year our country is under the burden of.
It’s not the fact that I "hate our government" or have an apathy for what it was designed for; it’s a loathing of what is has become. Instead of a bringing together of issues and determing a candidate that would be best about handling the situation, it has turned into a stratification of insults and constant bickering over not what each political candidate can do right, but what is wrong with all the others.
Whether is be the Evangelical and Conservative Republicans stirring up misguided and inaccurate stories on Obama being a Muslim, or Liberal Obama supporters attacking McCain’s service record in Vietnam, or Clinton supporters doing it to both sides and getting attacked simply because Americans are afraid "she’ll take our guns away" (which is again, unfounded and has no rational base), these people are not concerened with fixing the problems that this country has; they are simply interested in setting their agendas and acquiring a power base from which to launch them from, i.e, the American presidency.
I know some of you may say "well Congress holds the President in check!" Really? Since when? The last military conflict we’ve participated in that had actual Congressional approval was WORLD WAR II! The executive branch and it’s cabinet are able to do exactly what they want as long as they provide a template and time table into which they’ll attempt to make these decisions, along with good reasoning of course. But why is Congress still allowing our current president to run a blank check on a war in which he or any member in his administration has laid out an exact plan of how we’re supposed to succeed in this conflict?
We haven’t really had a president since FDR I think that has sincerely cared about the country itself instead of what agenda he currently had (you could possibly make a case for Clinton, but I would disagree). Whether is be Truman on Korea, Eisenhower and the Domino Theory, Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon on Vietnam, and even Reagan with the newfound 80s Communist scare.
It just makes me sick. I’m not voting in this year’s election, or anytime soon for that matter. You can call me unpatriotic or say "but every vote counts," but to what? Electing an official (which I don’t even elect in the first place, but the Electoral College) that doesn’t give a rat’s ass about Americans themselves but only of what subsidiary or corporation that they have to satisfy because they have ties to them? Screw that.
Anybody have thoughts similar to mine? Different? I’m just amazed how the political climate has changed completely in the past 100 years in the United States.