Tuesday, October 7, 2008
It's the Fourth Quarter...and I Have Already Voted...
Well folks...tonight is the 2nd debate between the Presidential candidates. We are less than a month away where we finally get this election over with. Its 3rd down, fourth quarter...and I HAVE ALREADY VOTED!
One of the benefits of living offshore are you get to submit your ballot from afar and send it in early. Hopefully this secures it gets counted...not that my vote will help either of tonight's two candidates.
Has anyone beside me been turned off by the lack of leadership, constant negative campaigning, lack of agenda and fresh ideas during this current long and drawn out election season? On one hand you have the incumbent party front runners flip flopping on every issue known to man, bringing in what I can only politely describe as a "token" female VP candidate, and carrying the mantel of attack and sensationalist politics to a whole new level. On the other hand, you have the traditional "new idea", "new deal" party coming up to the plate with their own finger pointing campaign while representing a controlled congress of the past 4 years that is arguably the worst/weakest set of leaders ever! ALL OF THEM were asleep at the wheel on this current economic meltdown...and all these contenders can do is point the finger at the OTHER guy ASAP. Neither of the two parties has any claim to leadership on the economic issues of the day. Hell, two of Obama's committee leaders were former heads of Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac who snuck out with mega millions from those organizations as they were going down. How can ANY of these people hold their heads high on this economy? And...it IS all about the economy...stupid.
While it will probably be entertaining to see the debaters go at it tonight...my mind is made up and I have already voted. In the state of Florida we had FOURTEEN Presidential candidates to choose from! Why were none of these included in these national debates? Good question...because most all of them have some new/fresh ideas to contribute...but our national media and corporate complex has chosen NOT to let their voices be heard. The candidates are (in order of ballot appearance):
Gene Amondson: Prohibition Party
Charles O. Baldwin: Constitutional Party
Robert L. Barr: Independent, Libertarian
Roger Calero: Socialist Workers Party
Charles Jay: Independent Boston Tea Party
Alan L. Keyes: America's Independent Party
Gloria E. La Riva: Socialism and Liberation Party
John S. McCain: Republican
Cynthia Ann McKinney: Green Party
Brian P. Moore: Socialist Party USA
Ralph Nader: Ecology Party
Gary Nettles: Write-In
Barack H. Obama: Democratic
Thomas R. Stevens: Objectivist
Now, with all those choices, it was a hard call between Thomas Stevens and the "Objectivists" who have the basic platform of..."The source of the government's authority is "the consent of the governed." This means that the government is not the ruler, but the servant or agent of the citizens; it means that the government as such has no rights except the rights delegated to it by the citizens for a specific purpose", and Charles Baldwin of the Constitutional Party whose mission statement reads "to secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity through the election, at all levels of government, of Constitution Party candidates who will uphold the principles of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States. It is our goal to limit the federal government to its delegated, enumerated, Constitutional functions and to restore American jurisprudence to its original Biblical common-law foundations."...
At the end of deliberation, I had to go with the more established Constitutional Party since I think it is too late for "pure" Objectivism. I think a bit of faith tied to rational effort and reasoning is not a bad thing. Baldwin also has a pretty good read on the need to solidify our borders, get a handle on illegal immigration while allowing legal, constitutional immigration to proceed. They also believe in taking care of the home front domestic issues before funding and getting burned out on all the foreign affairs that are breaking the will and the financial backbone of our country.
While globalism is with us forever with the shrinking of the world and growing mindshare spurred by technology (internet) and historic cross migrations of people and ideas...it is still within principle to say "I cannot save my brother if I cannot save myself". In other words, if I can't pay my own rent, I surely can't afford to loan or give anyone else a cent”. The USA is unfortunately now in this position...and it is just a damn shame that we have been taken over by a dim witted, two party system (and media that supports it) that has no answers and replaces truth for a lie.
Yea , yea...I know...some of you will say "you are wasting your vote". I know...either McCain or Obama will be our next President. But you won't be able to say I did not vote my conscience, and if what I think is going to happen happens...you will be seeing some major changes in the lifestyle of Americans. And...I hope in the long run these painful times will lead to a more democratic, multiparty system where we will truly have freedom and justice...for ALL! Not just Republicans and Democrats.