Friday, October 5, 2012

Setting It Straight

I've been pondering why this election is so divisive and filled with so much hatred.  And the more I think about it the more I think Steve Forbes had it right.  More and more people are either looking at Obama as their "savior" or as their "provider".   Some look at him as the savior of personal rights such as a woman's right to an abortion.  Other's look at him as their provider.  I actually heard one caller into a call in show say that they "were not rich but there were going to be because they had Obama".  To them Romney represents the rich white guy who for so many years was the embodiment of all that was wrong with this country.

These two candidates, as most candidates these days, are very similar in execution but very different in ideology and who you vote for is really based on what ideology to which you subscribe. Yes, they are both politicians and both have lied and will continue to lie when it suits their purpose.  To use a stupid example, how many people have started out on the TV show Survivor saying they were going to finish the game not lying to anyone?  What happened to those people?  They were stabbed in the back and voted off.  Every single time.  The one who wins is the one who lies and crafts the best support system.  It's sad but it's the way it works.

I truly believe both of these men are good men and normally would not lie to you in normal course however they are playing the game the way the game is played these days.  It's hard to blame them for actually trying to win.

Again, it comes down to what you view as the proper involvement of government in your life.

If you think government should play a large role in your life then you should vote for Obama.  If you think that America is not truly exceptional and is "just another country" then you should vote for Obama.  If you think that all good things flow from government, that we should move even more responsibilities away from the states and to the fed (even though this is unconstitutional) then you should vote for Obama.  If you think jobs are created by government or by the middle class then you should vote for Obama. If you think $8 gas (you do know his Sec of Energy called for this right?) would help the middle class, then you should vote for Obama.  If you think the fed has to be involved in some way to things done (I really like the comments on twitter about Romney wanting to do away with culture because he wants to end the PBS subsidy) then you should vote for Obama.  If you believe that we need to keep talking about racial divides and racial inequality then you need to vote for Obama.  If you think there is no problem continuing to borrow money to run our country then you should vote for Obama.

If, on the other hand, you think, like our founding fathers, that while some level of government is necessary, it is a necessary evil and that our government at all levels needs to work very, very hard to get out of the way, then you should vote for Romney.  If you believe that more of your tax money should go to your state and local governments instead of to the fed then you should vote for Romney.  If you believe that fair and free open markets will always produce better products then you should vote for Romney.  If you believe that while we have not always agreed, Israel is one of our strongest allies and that we need to have their back in the middle East then you need to vote for Romney.  If you think the president is elected to meet with state leaders and not  parade around on The View or Letterman, then you should vote for Romney.  If you think that a regulated and properly controlled capitalistic society is superior (I know China does!) to communism, fascism, and statism then you should vote for Romney.  If you think that the best way to show racial equality is to stop acting like there is racial inequality and just treat everyone equally (no affirmative action, no quotas) then you should vote for Romney.  If you think that we really do need to start getting serious about balancing the federal budget (Clinton thought it was important!) then you should vote for Romney.

In any case, please vote this November.  It is your duty and it looks like both candidates will need all the votes they can get.



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