Election 2008, Part 3 of 8: Dismalism

Looking Presidential...  Democratic candidate, Barack Obama, sophomore senator from Abraham Lincoln’s home state of Illinois.
Looking Presidential... Democratic candidate, Barack Obama, sophomore senator from Abraham Lincoln’s home state of Illinois.
Looking Arrogant...Esteemed U.S. Senator John McCain, national war hero and legislative statesman displayed unbelievable pettyness and immaturity for a man of his seasoned years.
Looking Arrogant...Esteemed U.S. Senator John McCain, national war hero and legislative statesman displayed unbelievable pettyness and immaturity for a man of his seasoned years.

Regarding the two candidates interaction with each other in tonight's final Presidential debate:

  • JOHN McCAIN (Republican) CLEARLY does not respect his opponent, and belittles him at every possible opportunity.
  • BARACK OBAMA (Democrat) CLEARLY finds his opponent to be out of touch with contemporary 21st Century Western ideals.
  • Re-Do! BOTH of these guys are COMPLETE NITWITS and we should start anew with new candidates.
  • I don't care about ANY of this and wish I was living under a rock in the mountains somewhere smoking a lot of my own home-grown pot.
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Follow ELECTION 2008 through the journalistic musings of social commentator R. Martin Basso, moderate conservative.


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?


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R. Martin Basso 7 years ago from California Author

SHERLYNAVIA;

Well thank YOU for the compliment!


sherlynavia 7 years ago from United States

Great hub!


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R. Martin Basso 7 years ago from California Author

Oh jeepers.... well you sound quite productive and industeious... Thanks EA... You rock.


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Earth Angel 7 years ago

You are so welcome Handsome!!

I just got back from making copies of absentee ballots for an older group who didn't have access to copy machines!! They were so happy to have their own copies to keep!! And show off!! Then we mailed all the ballots together and toasted to Obama with sparkling water!! (Champagne interfers with some of their heart medications!!)

I'm already planning an Obama/Biden Celebration Party for November 5th! May the bubbly flow freely!!

Blessings always, Earth Angel!! (Unabashedly Obama!!)


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R. Martin Basso 7 years ago from California Author

EA~

What kiind and supportive comment you provide. Thank you so much! Good points about using a camera to photograph my ballot. I'd already mailed it off, but will use that method in my voting from here on out.

Respectfully,

Reid


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Earth Angel 7 years ago

Earth Angel sends her warmest regards to you Reid!!

GREAT Hub!! Now we all just need to channel this wonderful, positive energy into getting out the vote and voting ourselves!! Stand up!! Be heard!! Be counted!!

If you think there is a chance of vote tampering in your area, it is especially important to make your prescence known on Election Day!! As for me, I SIGN my ballot and then take a photo of it with my cell phone camera before turning it in!!

This is a challenging yet exciting time!! BE the solution you want to see in the world!! We here at HubPages are blessed to have strong, loud voices!! (Keyboards anyway!!)

Blessings always, Earth Angel!! (Unabashedly Obama!!)


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R. Martin Basso 7 years ago from California Author

MARISUEWRITES:

hi again... gonna have to agree with you on this one, Marisue. Valid and heartfelt points you make.

Reid


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R. Martin Basso 7 years ago from California Author

PARAGLIDER:

Well I can not speak for why people do what they do, only that the DO do what they do, and sometimes (to include what they speak) it is unfortunate. The comments to which you refer, are an unfortunate expample of a very marginal few of our citizens who unfortunately spread the global perception that American are, well... you know, 'Americans.' We really are a fantastic people, and I think that every now and again a shining example of that comes through; Roosevelt, Reagan... And now the potential that is apparantly there in Obama. The greedy meglatron image of folks like Cheney and the like is not a 'common American'. I think that as this election moves forward, and in specific, I myself experience more and more on a daily basis, the perception of American people will hopefully shift away from loudmouthed rednecks in bars spouting racial epitheths, and back to the knights of democracy and change for which we were once regarded. It is possible, that almost on a daily basis as I observe and expose myself to the variance between the 'typical redneck' I am warming to the potential of Obama.

I guess we'll have to see....


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marisuewrites 7 years ago from USA

R Martin, a great article and discussion, as you know I'm an Obama person, as I think it's our only chance, but what a job he has before him! I'm disgusted with the smear tactics of late, what a disgrace for our country. With so many problems, the mud slinging is something we could do without as it sucks the energy out of the brain.

O B A M A. =)) the racism is the most disgusting thing the Republicans have done.


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Paraglider 7 years ago from Kyle, Scotland

The 'military personnel' I was talking about are not troops as such, but US military base operatives of one sort or another. The troops stationed here very rarely leave the base. And while they are welcome to vote for whomever they choose, outright racist remarks are surely as inappropriate in a Qatari hotel bar as they would be in a presidential debate, no? Pace, spider senses ;)


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R. Martin Basso 7 years ago from California Author

THIRDJIHAD;

Unfortunately I had to deny your comment because it contained an external website link and I am not a platform to promote anything other than my own writings, etc. I went to your website and found it to be fascinating though. If you could resubmit without the link, I would allow you comments on this posting.

Good stuff though.

Reid


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R. Martin Basso 7 years ago from California Author

PARAGLIDER;

I shall agree with you that if McCain is elected the worrld "will be sickened" as you put it... Apt observation. My 'spider senses' started to tingle because you mentioned our troops. I am former military and become very defensive of them, their views, etc., whenever someone attempts to 'speak' for them or try to interpret their 'wants/desires.' It's a hard job being in the military and that is the only jo where I will almost always carte blanch give a pass to in regards to their thoughts and input. I am very 'troop-oriented' since I was one for almost 6 years. If ANYONE has a right to talk shit about American politics, it is almost solely reserved for the U.S. soldier, who ultimately is responsible for flexing the American muscle, whether in faor of whatever or not.


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Paraglider 7 years ago from Kyle, Scotland

I've met a few US military personnel here in the Gulf who are vociferously supporting McCain. Some of them are not above dissing Obama on racist grounds. But these few 'ambassadors' aside, I've not come across a single expat European or local Gulf Arab who has anything good to say about McCain/Palin's candidature. I've been quite impressed with a couple of the minor candidates, Ron Paul among them, but overseas we hear even less about them than you do in the US. In fact, you have to seek them out on the web, because they get almost zero interantional airtime on the networks. I understand your reservations about Obama's total service to date, but at least he has high intelligence on his side, and what appears to be considerable integrity. If McCain somehow scrapes in, the world will be sickened.


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R. Martin Basso 7 years ago from California Author

MJL;

Hello & welcome.  It's so nice to have a new reader.  Thank you for the kind words and level-headed approach.  Every now and again I get some nutter writing me and I hate having to get all responsive to aggroism on my on platform... I'm a reformed conservative who has fallen out of allure with the movement and will not be voting for Mr. McCain.  However, I have never been a democrat and can't stomach the thought of this charlatan Obama in the position; or at least not yet... He is too young and ill experienced.  However, out of the two, if I must chose, then I gravitate towards Obama.  He is at least a gentleman, level-headed and quite personable... In general a  nice guy, who went to washington, and is facing a presidency, which he will most probably win, as an on-the-job training experiment.  I like Obama, as a person, I just do not think that President of the United States should be an OJT experience... Is America ready for Obama?  Yes, but not yet, if that makes sense....  He needs some more 'seasoning' so to speak.

However, as I see it, a vote for Obama is a vote in clear defiance of the fucking MESS that Mr. Bush has governed the USA into, and when push becomes shove and all of the brass taxes are abound, then at the end of the day, my choice is not so much to vote FOR Obama, the nice guy, so much as it is to vote contrary to another 4 years of BUSHIAN DISMALISM under the stewardship of Mr. McCain, the angry old impatient crabapple.

Thank you for your investment of time...

Reid


MJL 7 years ago

Ya know, Mr. Basso,I don't much think I could have said most of your sentiments better myself. Could there possibly be a ground swell to vote for a write-in candidate here? Mr. Huckabee was my choice, but none-of the-above ain-t so bad either.


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R. Martin Basso 7 years ago from California Author

HiAmanda;

Oh, I agree completely... Bush is a natural disaster on par with Katrina; and I am a conservative, by most accounts!


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Amanda Severn 7 years ago from UK

Hi Reid,

Yes, it's not just me. The Uk and Europe have been rocked to the core by the fall-out from the sub-prime crisis. We're now mired in recession and our PM is so busy bailing out the banks that he hardly has time to breathe. I hate to tell you this, but to a great extent, America in general, and Bush in particular, are held responsible at least indirectly, for our economic woes! I know this isn't entirely logical, as we should have tightened up our inter-bank lending regulations etc. a while ago, but nonetheless, it has made the race to the White House a tad more interesting!


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R. Martin Basso 7 years ago from California Author

Well thank you sir. Nice to hear from you again. Sorry I never did that review of Don Corleon as you once asked me. Hopefully the Don Carlo Gesualdo article will suffice since he was prety mafia too...lol.

Reid


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ahmadnaim 7 years ago from Earth in where people's smile is worthful than platinum

Barack Obama is a calm person and he think like a normal people for normal people, not like a big boss mr president. Barack obama is an American Dream


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R. Martin Basso 7 years ago from California Author

EARTH ANGEL;

You put it very poignantly: frustration and agitation... Perfectly appropriate.

So nice to hear from you, my earth angel. I hope that all is well with you lately?

Reid


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R. Martin Basso 7 years ago from California Author

AMANDA-

Hi again, my dear from UK... Nice to see you drop by again. I wonder id what you describe is a common occurance for other Euro/UK residents - being that the folks abroad are as interested in this election, or as upset as you and I are about the whole regard. thank you again for your input; I appreciate. Is the UK/Euro scene 'nervous' as well?

Reid


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R. Martin Basso 7 years ago from California Author

T. Keeley;

I am glad that there are more and more 'politically neutral' individuals, like you and I in this emerging Brave New World of 21st Century politics. It was a pleasure reading your opinion Mr. Keeley. Thank you for your candid and valuable insight. I also appreciate that you enjoyed my article and my own insight. Thank you.

Reid


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R. Martin Basso 7 years ago from California Author

TOM-

What an interesting insight. I like how you term McCain's misteps as potentially being orchestrated by his 'handlers'.. Well said. Unfortunately, after this last display of his in Debate #3, I found him to be arrogant, pretentious and rather snotty. In short, I think he is just a pissy old man and it really came through. All politics aside, he is certainly esteemed and a war hero. Doesn't me he isn't a dick. And, after this last display, I just think that is is a dick. John McCain is a maverick dick who I, frankly do not think, would want to be the one receiving the 3a.m. call about a national emergency.

Bravo, though on your points.

Reid


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Earth Angel 7 years ago

GREAT Hub Martin!!

Thanks for sharing!! I think your frustration and agitation match many of ours!!

Blessings always, Earth Angel (Unabashedly Obama!!)


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Amanda Severn 7 years ago from UK

I'm watching this whole election process with growing increduality. As you know Reid, things are done very differently here in the UK, and your electoral system is baffling to say the least! This is the first time I've really followed an American Presidential campaign in detail, and I'm appalled by the alleged dirty tricks used on the campaign trail, astonished by the cynical choice of Sarah Palin as McCains running mate, and amazed that there is apparently this stark choice between left and right polarising the American Nation with no apparent middle ground on offer! It's all a mystery to me.....


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t.keeley 7 years ago from Seattle, WA

Absolutely fantastic! I feel what you're saying, the political divide is most unnerving. I am neither right nor left albeit I prefer truly right side politics in libertarianism to socialism, but in my opinion both can work depending on the people. I know for certain I want no Bushian in office this period, so naturally I lean left this election in hopes of change, whether for better or for worse.


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Tom Rubenoff 7 years ago from United States

McCain seems like a good man, but I think his handlers have really done a number on him. His performance at the debates really made him seem less than fully competant and his choice of Sarah Palin is downright scary. I would like to see Obama be a little more transparent on his evolution as a candidate. His positions have subtly changed over the course of the campaign, and it would be nice if I could look at this as a learning curve and not just politics as usual.


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R. Martin Basso 7 years ago from California Author

an interesting perspective...lol.


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Constant Walker 7 years ago from Springfield, Oregon

What was weird, is while Obama was talking, McCain would look almost silly - I mean literally!  This stupid grin would come over his face and he would open his eyes real wide.

I've got to ask, and I'm not a Democrat or a liberal, are ALL Republicans ex "Jerry Kids"?


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R. Martin Basso 7 years ago from California Author

Hi CW;

What I saw was a bitter, angry, catty, pissy and disrespectful out-of-touch bloated old man... And that coming from a 'conservative!' lol


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Constant Walker 7 years ago from Springfield, Oregon

What I saw in this debate is what I'd seen in previous debates between these two: Senator Obama stubbornly focusing on the issues and problems this country has right now, and what needs to be done to fix these problems and to secure our future. And Senator McCain relentlessly slinging mud, no matter what the topic or the question, "he did this" and "he said that," seemingly oblivious to the questions, issues and state of this country.

McCain proved himself to be a business-as-usual politician.

Obama proved himself to be a president.

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