Monday, February 20, 2012

Politics Rant - The Curse of a Nation


   Poly from the Latin for many; and Tick a common parasitic blood-sucking insect.

   Politics: Many Blood-Sucking Parasites. Boy, if ever there was an appropriate term for politicians!

   I think that I speak for tens of people when I say that the political season (that point in time when men and women vie for political office so that they can "Help" our nation to become stronger and their bank accounts to become bigger) is a real pain in the arse!

   We suffer through the television commercials where each candidate proclaims themselves to be better than their wife beating, child molesting, money grubbing, porn watching, drunkard opponent. Then we are subject to the irritating telephone calls at all hours asking us to participate in a 30 second poll about who we will vote for and why.

   This ad, proclaims every candidate, was approved by me except in the case where it may be too controversial or harsh, then it wasn't approved by me and must be the work of my slime-ball opponent.

   This nation is in the throes of such a season even as we speak (read). The Republican Party is trying to find a candidate who will have a chance to defeat our current Democratic President in the November elections.

   Here is my take on the contenders:

Mitt Romney: Big business proponent. Rich. Seems to know what he is doing but hasn't yet stated a clear and concise agenda to the American people. To me, he's just too slick. Reminds me of a high pressure used car salesman. Tries too hard to look like the common man but fails. Would probably do a fair job helping the economy but is seen a one dimensional.

Rick Santorum: Younger than Romney and has a lot of good ideas. Comes across as squeaky-clean so obviously he must be hiding something. Currently a US Senator so he has some time in Washington DC under his belt. Probably wouldn't be too bad as President.

Newt Gingrich: Washington insider. Former Speaker of the House under Ronald Reagan. Seems to have a good idea of how to do things once he is elected President but doesn't have a clue how to get from here to there. Seems to go through a lot of wives and girlfriends, not that it matters.

Ron Paul: Medical Doctor. Very pragmatic. Looks at a problem and can come up with a workable solution. Scatterbrained though. Just once during one of the televised debates would I like to hear him answer a question without having his train of thought derailed. Can't seem to stay on track. Don't know if I'd want him as my doctor, let alone as President.

   In my opinion our President, Barak Obama, has failed us as a nation (Of course your opinion may vary). He ran on a platform of "Change". "It's time for a change", he said, and we believed him. We DO have change. At the end of the week, "change" is all we have in our pockets. He changed this country from being a world leader to one that is just barely hanging on, financially. Jobs are down, unemployment is up, the country's credit rating is down, the National Debt is up. Our Armed Forces are shrinking and our National Security is in doubt. We have a haphazard foreign policy. No other country knows what they can expect from us in an emergency.

   Sure, he was president when Osama Bin Laden was killed but he didn't track him down and pull the trigger his own self. Others did that, he was just President and took the credit. I look for him to take credit for this during his upcoming campaign. I'll be really surprised if he doesn't. It seems to be the only high point of his term as President.

   Who would I like to see as our next President? Honestly, I don't know. I'll probably vote for the Republican candidate just because we need a change from the "Change".

   Folks say that they don't want a "Washington Insider" in the White House, but look what a Washington "Outsider" has done in the last 3.2 years. Can we take another four years of this? Like President Reagan asked: "Are you better off now than you were four years ago?" No. I don't think we are.

   We send billions of dollars to China as foreign aid then turn around and borrow it back from them with interest. We export a big percentage of US oil to other countries and pay big bucks to buy foreign oil at the pumps here in the U.S.. What's wrong with this picture? We should be keeping our foreign aid until we no longer need aid at home. Foreign aid should be doled out to those countries that need it but only when we receive an annual report (with proof) of how that country spent what we gave them during the previous year, and then ONLY if it is deemed that it is truly needed. We should be buying and using U.S. oil instead of importing from OPEC. We have enough domestic oil reserves to last us another 250 years or more!

   It's frustrating and headache-making to even consider the twists and turns of politics and the convoluted workings of a national government. Many things just don't seem to make sense. I guess that Common Sense just isn't that common anymore.

   "If the cat could talk what tales he'd tell, about Della and the Dealer and the dog, as well. But the cat was cool and he never said a mumblin' word." .... Hoyt Axton

As The Geezer I believe that we no longer need a cool cat in the White House. We need someone who will run the country without running the country into the ground.

1 comment:

  1. Thoughtful post! I'm a Demo but I agree with the things you say. We made a mistake in 2008. The great american experiment has not paid out.


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