The Sorry State of Affairs

electile-dysfunctionAt the time we went to press there were twenty days left until the election. By the time you read this it will be eighteen days at most. It’s hard to grasp the reality of a three-week campaign when we have been bombarded with presidential campaigns since 2006. Think about that. Unless you are graduating this spring, Barack Obama and John McCain have been in the news since we were in high school. I want to let you, my dear readers in on a secret of mine. This election cannot come soon enough. Some people are more excited than ever. I’m tired and worn out and upset. I’m distraught at the prospect of what is to come.

Frankly, I’m sick of explaining to people what the Constitution is and what it stands for. I had a conversation this weekend with a friend from high school, an ardent Obama disciple. I voiced my displeasure with both candidates. “Despite your ideals, one of these men is still going to be elected President,” she told me. I couldn’t agree more.

And that scares me.

The most striking revelation to come about in the circus shows that are the sanctioned debates occurred last week in the second offering. Teresa Finch asked how Americans can trust either man when both parties have sold this country down the river. Obama and McCain brushed her off as cynical. Wrong answer gentlemen, Ms. Finch couldn’t have been more accurate.

The entire Senate is full of crooks and career politicians. Who do career politicians work for? You’re naïve if you think anyone but themselves. The House of Representatives is slightly better than the Senate but only because the number of members dilutes the amount of crazy. My last column spelled out the most recent example of this.

I’m not a fan of John McCain. I never have been. I’m even less a fan of Barack Obama. Why should I like either? What have these men shown in the way of actual, praiseworthy leadership over their campaigns? We’ve heard nothing but the same focus group platitudes that every modern political office candidate spouts. Both candidates are “bi-partisan unifiers, working across the aisle to help middle class Americans….etc.” Enough. Senator Obama is a socialist and Senator McCain has no spine.

I feel bad for the truly blinded Obama supporters who have already built their unicorn stable and can’t wait for that first rainbow the day after the votes are tallied. They’re in for one hell of an awakening should he win this election. The same goes for McCain supporters as well, although it wouldn’t be nearly as hard a shock to them, they’re a bit more grounded in reality.

Why am I so angry? America has so many problems in our federal government that are glaringly obvious it hurts to look at them. Yet the citizens of this country keep electing the same idiots election after election after sorry election. Every one of the problems boils down to this: with a small number of exceptions, nobody in Washington respects the Constitution. For the last century, members of government have repeatedly raped it to get re-elected. As a young person, I’m tired of listening to these old blowhards wax poetic about patriotic duties and voting and the necessity of taxes, blah, blah, blah.

There isn’t much that can be done. However, the most important and most powerful tool at our disposal is to never elect an incumbent again. We have term limits on Presidents but not Congress or the Supreme Court. Remember folks, Presidents don’t make laws; they only answer ‘yes or no’ to the legislature’s laws. Congress actually holds much more power over the people than the President. But with no term limits, they’re free to enact as much self-serving policy and wasteful spending as they’d like, as long as they get re-elected. Franklin D. Roosevelt once said, “We are going to tax and tax, spend and spend, elect and elect.” Sound good to you? So, give every member of Congress who represents you one term to cut spending and decrease government power and vote them out.

Since that would never happen because people in this country don’t care, I guess I should accept a more realistic scenario: Obama now or Obama in four years. I hope the citizens of America are ready to accept the hurt they’re about to apply to themselves. Something tells me we aren’t strong enough masochists to stomach the pain.

Charles Schuman, former President of the American Farm Bureau Federation put it best, “The greatest threat to the future of our nation – to our freedom – is not foreign military aggression … but the growing dependence of the people on a paternalistic government. A nation is no stronger than its people and the best measure of their strength is how they accept responsibility. There will never be a great society unless the materialism of the welfare state is replaced by individual initiative and responsibility.”

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