I am tired of watching television, listening to talk radio and reading the daily newspaper. I am tired of seeing crime, disaster, murder and mayhem from around the world compressed into a hour or a single page. I am tired of those who, seeking to rise above the common everyday noise of daily living, seek to shock you into believing that their cause is somehow just and correct and that you need to take some action to advert a catastrophe which will surely doom us all. These are the people who want three things from us: first, our money, second, our time to spread the word about the absolute necessity of taking some form of action, and third, our affirmative vote on their pet projects.
If one was permitted to look behind the scenes, one would find politicians, corporate charlatans and a host of special interests all trying to instill fear, uncertainty and doubt to motivate you into believing and supporting their cause with your hard-earned time, effort and money.
I am tired of the "pandering politicians" and their charges, counter-charges, they said this or that, and their sexual peccadilloes.
But most of all, I am tired of the game: this endless pitch for increasing their power, prestige and profits while diminishing my assets and the amount of attention I can allocate to other more worthwhile causes like my family, friends and personal charitable activities.
So I urge all of my readers to simply stop for a moment and consider what is being asked of you. To consider how the message is being twisted to obtain your cooperation. And finally, to consider if it is all worth your time and energy to buy into some of the programs that they are pushing.
Consider for a moment, the democrats: big taxes, big entitlements, big government and big failures at everything that they have tried to accomplish. Look at the people pursuing leadership in the democrat party, all vying with each other to see how much they can cripple the United States economy, reduce the effectiveness of our military and increase government's control over your daily life.
Now consider for a moment, the republicans: failure to stop outrageous government spending, pushing liberal-style agendas which would open our borders, compromise our sovereignty, destroy our infrastructure, and, in general, try to increase government control over your daily life.
Not much of a principled philosophical difference between them other than their lust for power which allows them to feather their own nests and those of their "special interest" friends. All pandering to each and every constituency to gain that "marginal advantage" that will boost them back into power.
What does it say about an Administration who nominates an ambassador who was allegedly linked with egregious predatory lending of the type that has produced today's financial catastrophe? What does it say about the republicans and democrats in the Senate who confirmed him -- but only after forcing him to pay more than $350 million dollars to several state attorneys-general to settle "predatory lending" charges?
What is says to me is that both parties are now equally despicable and engaging in this "faux" political debate to determine which dung beetle shall rise to the top of the dung heap.
Promising open borders. Promising $5,000 for every child born after a certain date. Promising universal healthcare in a 14-page pamphlet while most congressional bills are hundreds of pages long, incomprehensible to read and are replete with engineered special interest loopholes and subject to disastrous unintended consequences.
What should you make of a party that claims they ran the most ethical administration in history, and yet was guilty of chaos and corruption on a massive scale? What should you make of a party who claims an adherence to high-minded principles, yet demands all of its actions be carried out in secrecy?
What should we make of a politician who is so scripted and on-message, that even the media -- and by extension the American public -- is never allowed to ask the questions that should be asked? What should you make of a politician whose two major bills that bear his name -- lead to massive campaign influence from third-parties and outside organizations and one of which attempted to subvert the sovereignty, security and safety of the United States?
What about a national media who wants to preserve its corporate control and profits by not having its media division engaging in combat with tomorrow's elected leaders? Or a media whose only honest product is talk radio where callers can discuss various issues, disagree with the host and the ordinary listener can get some sense of the issue being debated?
Where are the leaders who will move America beyond a polarized 50-50 constituency which now insures that the minority fringe interests will prevail over the majority as the candidates vie to break the deadlock?
Where are the principled leaders now? I have yet to see anyone in the first tier of either national party that is worthy of being elected the President of the United States. And, other than a few exceptions, I see mostly old, venal, partisan -- and yes, DUMB -- people running for Congress. People who can't or won't read the actual bills that they are voting on; but rely on "staff" interpretations. People who have enough lawyers on staff to start a small law firm. Whose every move is tested through opinion polls and focus groups.
It appears that the public is being royally screwed by both parties and their chosen representatives.
What can YOU do?
I do not need to tell anyone what to do. You know the difference between right and wrong. You know what will hurt or benefit the United States.
Until we can find a candidate which will serve the United States and not the other way around, we must keep looking. Until we find one that can bridge the philosophical, moral and financial divide, we must keep looking.
My only advice at this point in time is what I have been saying all along. Do not vote for any candidate or current politician who is willing to subvert the safety, security and sovereignty of the United States for personal power, prestige or profits.
May we all be presented with a candidate that is knowledgeable, fairly honest and is willing to serve the citizens of America. Or failing that, we need to find our own candidate and empower them with financial, moral and logistics support.
Personally, of all of the candidates I have reviewed so far, the closest I can come to my candidate wish list is Mike Huckabee -- and he remains a long shot.
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The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane. -- Marcus Aurelius