Election 2008, Part 3 of 8: Dismalism
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Basso Archive: Election 2008
As we cross the 21st Century threshold, stepping nervously, non-ceremoniously and falter-footed into this as-yet-unmapped Brave New World, I have long suspected that both leading political parties have come to contribute more to ‘the problem' of what is hypothetically ‘wrong' with America, rather than to whatever ‘solution' might deliver our Nation away from its contemporary stagger and back to steady footing.
We are a country, at a nexus of change; where Wall Street and Easy Street each collide, intersecting one another in front-running Presidential candidates John McCain and Barack Obama. These two coordinated senators, compelling their own homegrown version of leadership amidst America's current political fog, each self-anoints himself as a de facto Christ betrothing political nirvana to a politically fragmented 2008 America.
With three weeks remaining until this historic Presidential election, Republican candidate and esteemed senator John McCain, national war hero and legislative statesman, trails in all respected political pre-election polling outlets. The United States' Democratic super candidate, Barack Obama, sophomore senator from Abraham Lincoln's home state of Illinois, has as much as a double digit lead ahead of McCain, depending upon which polls are sourced.
These two candidates are not the best candidates. However, this is America, and in MY United States, we accept flaws to accept 'the reality of that with which we are presented,' McCain, Obama... These are the two candidates, from whom our next U.S. President will be chosen.
The World awaits anxiously while America's political clout oscillates to and fro like an epileptic pendulum.
Obama? McCain? In a nation of over 300 Million Americans, these two nitwits are the best that our nation can produce to run for America's highest elected office?
McCain, Obama... Like 'em or not, it is our civic duty to evaluate each candidate's potential for not only leadership, but also change.
This is our reality.
For the record, I am neither a Republican nor Democrat, and find each of these political affiliations as what they have morphed into over the years to now be equally damaging. For my critics and my admirers alike, to marginalize or attempt to pigeon-hole me as either 'liberal' or 'conservative' is as offensive as the accusation itself. I am rather conservative on some issues and relatively liberal on others.
Both candidates should be grateful that there is not a selection for "None Of The Above" on this year's ballot, because given the current geo-political conditions, it is entirely feasible that Mr. None could very well have been elected President of the United States of America come three weeks' time.
In my political disappointment, this is MY reality.
We are amidst the precipice of change and it is time, my American cousin, to vote and let your political identity be heard, for now as our nation sits on the brink of whatever ledge it is to be found, as I look into the long faces and the frightened eyes for my fellow citizens and see down-right fear of an unknown future, I realize now that, regardless of our individual preferences and desires this political season, the process of the election is far more important than what will ultimately be remembered as the results.
America, it is time to be American. It is time to rally around your civic and patriotic duty as a citizen and exercise the right that so many have fought to defend and paid for with their lives to ensure... It is time to go and VOTE, for this is no ordinary time, nor is this any ordinary election.
For America to survive, we now need change to occur.
It is unknown who will bring success and respect back to the national profile that the last several years of intrusive ‘Globalism' and Presidential mismanagement has brought to our now much embarrassed national image. We can point fingers all day long at the departing gentlemen from Texas, soon to vacant the nation's highest elected office, but there is no point in belaboring the obvious, or in stealing away the thunder that the annals of history will surely write on his errs and disappointments. Yes, the status quo is proven failure. The time for national fury or rage over what these United States have devolved into while under his watch are now over. It is time to cease finger pointing and look to future, and as such, to rebuilding.
I can not envision any circumstance in which America, which had already weathered so much in this fledgling Century, would be capable of withstanding another four years of what I have come to term ‘BUSHIAN DISMALISM,' or, national mismanagement, both domestically as well as internationally.
As it currently stands, esteemed John McCain, the decorated combat veteran and tenured U.S. senator who, in his youth served our nation admirably, with honor and meritorious distinction, unfortunately represents far too much of what led these United States into its current geo-political dire straits. Likewise, Senator McCain, presents flawed and insufficient logic as to how his proposed leadership in the Office of the President might deliver our country away from the impending catastrophe that another four years would bring our citizens and the World.
As someone who, throughout life, has consistently gravitated towards the political right, I have always been inherently wary of the left-leaning liberal agenda. There are simply too many flashpoint issues associated with the liberal/Democratic left with which I simply do not agree: open boarders, gay marriage, unregulated welfare, illegal immigration, income redistribution, et al.
However, I am also a neutral and detached realist who finds and takes his salvation in dissecting fact-based data. Based upon the reality of the last seven or eight political seasons under the stewardship of President Bush's administration, the facts of his Presidency will ultimately give credence to the dismal portrait that history will surely paint of him.
Sadly, I must now set my generally conservative beliefs, convictions and political preferences aside and observe in as neutral and detached a fashion as possible: America is in a quagmire and the status quo is so broken that staying another four years on this course would be dire and nationally catastrophic to our sovereign best interests. It is time for America to turn off the autopilot mode and not just explore change, but actively pursue it.
America; it is time to care about America again.
When citizens slip into automation mode and either stop caring, or ignore the potential for change, remember that the devil will find work for idle hands to do. As such, get out and vote your convictions, regardless of political affiliation or party, as this is your civic duty, the right of which was paid for by the blood of our Nation's patriotic predecessors.
For the first time in a very long while, this election year it is a "voter's market." As the candidates scramble to solicit and earn each and every one of our votes, we survey the scorched political landscape assessing options and possibilities. Once we were a nation that sat back and allowed the political process to steamroll over us. But this year, and perhaps for what will be the last year in a long time to follow, the voters are the ones squeezing the candidates. It's an empowering feeling, regardless of whom we support, or do not, or as in my case, neither of whom I find particularly stellar in the first place.
This is our voter's moment to shine; do not be afraid of the process, only of not having the process of choice in the first place. Indeed we as a country are on the precipice of change, and as such, whenever humans are confronted with change, change in and of itself has a potential for inspiring fear.
But change, in and of itself, is not necessarily something to be feared, as long as we have the tools to dissect change from all angles and are prepared to live with our conclusions. If indeed the cusp of change ushers us over the threshold of yesterday's BUSHIAM DISMALISM and into a Brave New World of our political tomorrow, Aldous Huxley would indeed be proud.
Remember, there are only two sides to ‘FEAR': (1) That I'll lose what I have, or (2) That I Won't get What I Want.
Election Day 2008: On which side will you find yourself voting?
© 2008 - R. MARTIN BASSO & 3 Doves Media
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