Political Charades

My long-standing record of being a third-party voter has been characterized as “ridiculous” and “impractical”.  As ridiculous and impractical it may seem, it’s what I feel is right.  What’s better – voting for the lesser of two evils?

Perhaps you have heard this argument: “I would vote for a third-party, but they won’t get elected because no one votes for them.”  Well, no duh, genius!  Say something else that’s obvious!  How about the sky is blue?

A couple of months ago, one of my friends posted a comment on Facebook lambasting the president for stump speaking for Democratic candidates around the country (haven’t they all?).  A huge debate and commentary followed, in which, others “upset with the political system” vented frustration at our nation’s political climate.  In basic terms I simply said – and I fear that this might be true – that this is the best that we have, so we might as well learn to deal with it.  Furthermore, I propositioned those who commented with a simple, but apparently difficult ultimatum: What are any of you willing to do about it?

No one answered.

You see, the American people have become just as complacent as the politicians.  We like to keep things nice and tidy, sweep things under the rug when possible.  Gun enthusiasts are livid over the “Fast and Furious” fiasco, but nothing will come of it.  Why?  Because the American people want to see 1% of the corruption and scandal.  To see anything more than necessary would agitate our already conflicted lives.

Rand Paul has already shown his true colors by casting his lot with Mitt Romney.  He could still adhere to the principles that he ran on, he may not – but I’m not so certain that he deserves a second term.  It may have been better for Kentuckians to vote for the Conway fella.

So, alas, I come to my point: If the American people are so chagrined by the policies of this government and those who make them, why do we continue to vote for the “lesser of two evils”?  Why cast your lot with a proven hypocrite?  The definition of insanity is doing something repetitively and expecting a different result.

Does the political arena in the United States sound insane to you?

Today the Republicans in Congress will be voting to repeal Obamacare for the thirty-third time.  This is political rhetoric.  If the GOP wanted to abolish the Affordable Healthcare Act, then they chose the wrong front-man to spearhead the operation.  Nothing gives me the red ass more than to hear someone say this of Romney: “He’s better than Obama!”  Wow!  What a cogent argument!

It’s funny, isn’t it?  In 2004 the Democrats had a flip-flopping liberal from Massachusetts.  Now in 2012 the Republicans have a flip-flopping conservative from Massachusetts.

You can vote for the lesser of two evils, but remember – you’re insane.


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