Election 2008, Part 5 of 8: Endorsement
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In writing this article, moreover in authoring this entire Election 2008 series, it has been revealing on my own political transformation of self.
This election is important, historic and relevant to the needs of contemporary America as we continue taking fledgling steps into a newly-emerging 21st Century. This entire election can not be pigeon-holed or marginalized in the literal or figurative confines of black and white issues; so to speak.
We are living amongst change and, as such, our National potential for successfully navigating through change is what's really at the nexus of America's 2008 party election.
Parties are formed by a collective of agenda-driven folks seeking either their own legitimacy or, conversely, a desire to voice opposition to some other group of folks who've already achieved their own form of legitimacy.
Liberal. Whig. Conservative. Labour. Republican. Reform. Torry. Green. Independent. Democrat. Communist. Nazi... What's really in political terminology anyway?
Today, the terms ‘democrat' or ‘republican' have become meaningless, transparent reminders of our Nation's previous political system. Past partisanship or political affiliation makes little sense anymore; particularly since modern political boundaries comprise of so much inter-party , as well as inner-party, bleed through and cross-over.
The black and white dual-party system known, and once embraced by our grandparents has, throughout the span of our parent's lives just one generation removed, gradually congealed into a murky gray ‘Uni-Party.'
This inclusiveness and ‘Unilateralization' of America's political landscape took its fledgling steps when The Berlin Wall fell in 1989. Yes, when that Wall came down, generally speaking, it was a sad day for these United States, and in specific, for anyone outside of the former "Evil Empire" of the post-Atomic era Soviet Block.
Because, The Soviets (et al) were the "big bad boogeymen" a half a world away; the one collective "common enemy" to our way of Western lifestyles and ideals. And, when the big bad boogeyman went away, ceasing to exist, it wouldn't be soon afterwards that the absence of atomic paranoia and the once-threatening Evil Empire would soon propel us to look closer at ourselves for the potential an enemy within.
Yes, with the absence of a clearly defined ‘bad guy' it is in our nature, as a species and as a people, to start pointing fingers at our selves.
What this election year has revealed to me is that not only is the political landscape clearly in a state of flux, oddly parallel to a general state of flux globally, but that we American citizens have a civic duty to not just vote, but also to earnestly evaluate issues, parties, candidates and even, selves. It is our civic duty to do all of these things to process through the STATUS QUO of America's yesterday and constructively look forward to the potential of America's tomorrow.
Out of our Nation's personal convictions and Voting of Confidence, a new Nation stands to arise, like a Phoenix out of the political ashes of Election 2008.
How fortunate are we, to find our National identity amidst a PRECIPICE OF CHANGE in which, truly, every voter's vote counts and we stand to not just read about history, but equally to participate in, and forge a change today, what stands to become yesterday's history of tomorrow.
How priviledged and fortunate we are.
Intrinsically, it is in my nature to gravitate towards more conservative values and issues, generally speaking. I prefer, and have almost always preferred a more conservative approach most notably because of the horror show childhood I had to endure at the hands of extreme liberal ‘parenting.' (Reference the 21-part HubPages JILTED SUPERSTAR series, abridged from ‘The Confessions Of A Jilted Superstar, In His Many Conversations With God', my 2005 autobiography.)
I maintain a certain degree of personal pride in being able to still reflect upon youth and even recall, with much clarity and honored distinction, how much Ronald Reagan inspired and motivated me through adolescence and into young adulthood.
Reagan didn't always get it right, but even in err he shined like a beacon. As I wrote about in CONFESSIONS, Ronald Reagan was the best 6-year President we had serve our Nation as Commander In Chief.
For lack of other term, the only ‘fault' I throw at the late Mr. Reagan is that in the final two years, his gradual ‘slip' into dementia began. A pity and a shame, but as such, his Presidency was effective only a solid six initial years. Further, using that same logic, Ronald Wilson Reagan, one of my two personal Presidential champions of the former 20th Century, was therefore competent to serve only six of his elected eight years. Once the falling asleep during cabinet meetings transitioned over to bizarre behavior, mumblings and odd statements, Mr. Reagan really should have voluntarily stepped aside and discharged the Vice President (then Bush, senior) in effecting his duties.
As an American, our Nation has fought for the privilege to voice our beliefs, to vote and to speak and think independent of governmental influence. In as much, such is our civic duty, paid for by the blood of our relatives and our Nation's ancestors, to respect and honor our American heritage, to vote our personal convictions without fear of retribution, and ultimately to rally behind our Nation's leader, regardless of political identity, either pro or con, to our own personal political beliefs. Then, when the election process concludes, it is our duty as American citizens to embrace subsequent change if appropriate, or no change has occurred, to hold credence in the STATUS QUO when necessary.
In the end, regardless of individual political ideology, we collectively move forward as a Nation.
Thus I ask you, just as we hold accountable our fellow citizens who participate in the process and vote, shouldn't we likewise also hold equally accountable those candidates in whom we place our political faith and idealistic beliefs throughout the entire election process? Are not the candidates equally responsible for not only earning our votes to bring them to platform, but also, as our elected representatives, to themselves be responsible for upholding our National best interests, regardless of partisanship or affiliation?
Seems to me that too many times too often, Mr. Smith goes to Washington only, upon arriving, forgetting where he came from; or how and who got then there in the first place.
As American citizens, we are indeed fortunate to have a freedom of choice. How sad that all too often candidates forget, after being elected, what exactly their real duty is to America and both the citizens who voted them into office, as well as the citizens who opposed their political candidacy in the first place: It is the elected's responsibility to be responsible.
The observation between Reagan's tenure and the tenure of our current sitting President is almost polar opposite:
Reagan had just over six years of effective executive stewardship. In sharp counter-contrast, almost a full oppositional Ying to Reagan's Yang, the current President Bush has had over six years of befuddled incompetence, duplicity and failure; or, what I have subsequently come to term BUSHIAN DISMALISM.
As a registered republican, a unabashed Reagan conservative, a former Honorably Discharged military serviceman, and former law enforcement specialist, I myself naturally gravitate away from traditional liberal agendas. My personal life experiences, upbringings and professional experiences have all predisposed me to a rather moderate conservative take. Therefore, with these aspects of me known, it is with a tinge of political embarrassment that I conclude Mr. Bush has consistently and systematically failed on practically all fronts.
Further, this sense of political embarrassment is exacerbated following his marvelous initial managerial responsiveness after the September 11th 2001 tragedies. That challenging period following September 11th, 2001, George Bush displayed exemplary compassion and leadership. Essentially, at that time, Bush showed some sort of a capacity for effective Presidential management. Yes, thank God, Bush got THAT right; had his response to 9/11 been as equally disastrous as everything else under his command since then, I shiver to think where the United States would stand today.
President George W. Bush had just less than two effective years as our Nation's Commander In Chief. Sadly, Mr. Bush's greatest legacy will be his only greatest legacy: His magnificent leadership of a Nation through those dark days and months, we must all collectively give praise where praise is due.
Well done, Mr. President and thank you.
But, what happened?
How did we as a nation go from unification to disintegration throughout the tenure of Bush's leadership?
Following September 11th 2001, Mr. Bush had cohesive world sympathy and support. Political affiliations and national boundaries were removed and for the first time in a very long while, the tragic events of that black day ushered a collective National and worldwide outpouring of compassion and affection upon the United States. That global compassion gave our Nation strength to face imperilment and adversity with courage, particularly in those initial hours, days and weeks when at any moment we Americans didn't know what to expect, or if 9/11 was a sort of a beginning to a National end.
But ultimately, The Bush Administration took that one galvanizing moment and outpouring of global compassion and subsequently squandered everything. Once Bush's leadership through those dark days began to bring small glimmers of light back into our Nation's darkness, the beginning of the BUSHIAN DISMALISM began as practically everything that Bush touched, in an oddly reverse sort of Midas Touch, turned to failure rather than to gold.
I gave our President the benefit of the doubt through those initial two years: I took his disjoined arguments and spun them to make sense; I ignored his guffaws and even found them endearing; I defended the odd decisions and even poor decisions and supported our President, my conservative President, fervently, because I was an American first, and a moderate conservative, second.
But soon, it all began to unravel.
When my conservative base began to splinter and fray into bizarre, unusual directions, even the George Bush-speak stopped making sense to me. And, I wasn't even one of the Republican ‘Die-Hards' either; I was one of the moderate conservatives who could actually BE flexible on a wide variety of political issues, both conservative and liberal alike.
Then, one day, enough was enough for this left-of-center moderate: I was done.
The once fervent ‘support' I'd rallied behind previously was replaced with an embarrassed silence. Soon my embarrassment, my silence, led me to apathy. Soon, as the Devil will find work for idle hands to do, apathy inspired in me a rekindled thirst for political knowledge.
I discovered a few years ago, that I had questions.
"What happened to our Nation?" and "How has America, in all its leadership and splendor gotten here? To this place?"
These questions, and hundreds of disenchanted others repeatedly echoed about my thoughts, innermost at first but ultimately aloud.
In seeking answers to these questions, I realized just WHY it took me so long to see the forest for the trees: I sought separate justifications for each and every problem that has brought America from its rightful place in the World as a beacon of truth and justice, to these now perilous days.
I suddenly realized my error: that there were not 'separate' nor 'individual' answers to each of the problematic challenges facing these United States today, instead there was just one. I realized that there was ONE simple answer, not several individual ones, to best summarize the problems responsible for ushering our Nation to this now precarious position: GEORGE W. BUSH.
My friends, please remember this if nothing else: (1) The STATUS QUO of our Nation's political system is not working, nor can our Nation continue down the boulevard of BUSHIAN DISMALISM any more; (2) The STATUS QUO must now be challenged; (3) The challenge at hand reveals and acknowledges a fatal flaw in our existing political system; (4) That, as Americans, it is our civic duty to challenge the STATUS QUO, as did our beloved Nation's founding forefathers; (5) The flaw needs to result in change; and (6) Upon change, the change must become the new STATUS QUO.
As a disenfranchised conservative who, after several disastrous and progressively worsening years of BUSHIAN DISMALISM, realized fully that in order for this Nation to survive, the George Bush disaster express must now derail.
My friends, this disastrous course of National mismanagement can not be maintained any longer.
Decorated armed forces veteran and respected Senator John McCain, fellow member our Nation's conservative party and an esteemed representative from the beautiful state of Arizona, is capable and qualified of being the next President of the United States of America.
However, as myself a former conservative, now completely disenfranchised with the STATUS QUO of George Bush leadership, a leadership too tightly embraced by the good Senator McCain, I have serious and grave reservations about the capability of these United States weathering another four years, another four months even, of this McCain-embraced national, political and economic disaster of George W. Bush's Presidential mismanagement.
The honorable, the esteemed Senator McCain, is not the appropriate candidate, of the choices afforded to our voting populace, to entrust with this important task, at this Nation's PRECIPICE OF CHANGE.
It is for all of these reasons that I shall be voting for BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA, and likewise invite other disenfranchised conservatives to do the same.
God bless these United States of America.
© 2008 - R. MARTIN BASSO
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