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One Girl's View of US Politics

Updated on October 7, 2012

The 2012 Election: Who are we kidding?

The 2012 Election: Who are we kidding?


The 2012 Presidential Election is nearing, and while we have defeated SOPA and PIPA (for now), we now have to decide between Obama and Romney. I personally don't see any true difference between the two, and honestly believe the two party system we currently have is severely flawed, but that aside, we now have to decide who is the best person to hold the most important office in our country. Well, maybe most important figure-head position in our country, as the true power of the President seems to be lacking in recent years where it truly matters.

So, how do we decide who is the better candidate for the job? Do we vote because of political party alliances, or because we truly approve of that candidate? Do we vote for "the lesser of two evils", or do we vote for the one who seems most qualified. If you ask Americans these questions, you will get a wide array of answers, but it seems most people honestly do want the person who can do the best job and help our country get back on track. The one problem with this is most people don't follow politics close enough, whether election year or not, to know enough about the candidates to make a well-educated choice.

You know the candidates by now, simply because of the political adds on the television and radio if nothing else. However, do you really know the candidates and their stances (and voting records) on key topics and legislation, or do you just believe what you see in the adds and on the blurbs you are presented with on the news? Sure, I'm quite certain at least a little of what we are presented with is the truth, but that "little" is most likely minuscule in comparison to the lies and misinformation we are given.

"So what do you propose?" you ask. It's quite simply, really. We must get back to paying close attention to all things that happen in politics, starting at the local level and following up the lines through the State and Federal levels. We also need to be aware of World politics, as this does impact our daily lives here in the United States. We need to research our candidates, of all political affiliations, and see how truthful they are in their speeches of what they will do versus their track record of how they have voted on those same issues. We need to ensure that those who are in power truly listen to and obey the wishes of their constituents, and that they are qualified to do the tasks at hand. They need to have more than just a working knowledge of how to do things, and what policies will impact the people positively and which ones will impact the people negatively.

Do I honestly believe that either candidate right now is the person to set our country back on track, no. However, what I am going to do is continue to do my research and pay close attention until the moment I cast my vote in November to decide who truly deserves my vote and can make this country that I love better, not only for myself or my children, but for all Americans.

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    MelissaVsWorld 6 years ago from Here, There, and Everywhere. USA

    @Kevin.Howell: You are correct. I am a fan of Dr. Paul and his plan for America. I believe he is the right choice for America.

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    kevin.howell 6 years ago from Maysville KY

    I honestly don't know anything about this. I will research. I believe I saw in a forum somewhere that you are a Ron Paul fan. I do believe he is for the common working man. We have been not had that in a long time! thanks for sharing

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    gjfalcone 6 years ago from Gilbert, Arizona

    Excellent Hub. Your call to action should be well heeded to the wise. Voted ^ Awesome, interesting & useful

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    The Frog Prince 6 years ago from Arlington, TX

    Been in regular contact. One step closer to controlling your life is on the agenda. time to put a stop to it.

    The Frog

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    MelissaVsWorld 6 years ago from Here, There, and Everywhere. USA

    I honestly believe we are on a very slippery slope here that could change things monumentally in the very near future. The issue I see is that not as many people are being pro-active about the situation and doing something to ensure their voice is heard.

    I have no problem with the regulation of online piracy (although admittedly, I have engaged in it from time-to-time), but the passage of these pieces of legislation as currently written is not the answer to the problem. The RIAA, MPAA, and others need to have an open forum with their customers and those in the internet community to find out what it is they can do differently to make it a win-win situation.

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    Greg Johnson 6 years ago from Indianapolis

    You're definitely right about them, our leaders taking a simple legislative action and turning it into something that takes our freedoms away and will transfer more power to the corporate interests.

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