Politics, Voting, and my Jaded Outlook

Early Voting begins in our country this week. We have one more Presidential debate tonight; this one on foreign policy. Many people have already made their decision. I think the only people who watch the debates are the small segment of undecided voters (and at this point there aren’t that many, IMO), and those who just want to watch “the other guy” make some sort of political gaffe. Then there are people like me, who watch both candidates and heckle when they dodge the question. I like to throw popcorn. I snagged that tradition from a good friend of mine. It’s far safer for everyone and everything around than throwing other objects, and the dogs enjoy a good snack. šŸ˜‰

Today, I write about my observation of the average person on the street. This is a longstanding problem in our political system, you see… for years, voters have complained the final choice comes down to two candidates they don’t like, and rather than voting for someone they feel like they’re votingĀ against the other guy. It’s as if they’re saying

Please note, this is not a slam against one particular candidate. This logo was just particularly easy to manipulate and make the point.
But is that really a reason to vote for anyone? Seriously? Most people have stopped paying attention to third party candidates. If you asked, they probably couldn’t even tell you who was on the ballot, or what that person stood for.Ā We have a society ofĀ sheeple, just because they believe their vote won’t countĀ if they don’t vote for one of the two major parties.

I hear so many jaded people say,Ā “Oh, I’d vote for ‘so-and-so’, but I’d just be throwing my vote away. I’m going to vote for ‘X’, even though I don’t agree with him, just because I can’t stand ‘Y’.” You know, if enough of these people actually true to themselves, their vote might actually make a difference.

Whichever candidate you’re voting for, just make sure you’re voting for that person for the right reasons. The media doesn’t tell us everything. Go to the websites andĀ read about the candidates and their positions on the issues that are important to you.

That’s my rant for the day. Time for coffee. Good morning, everyone!

Make it stop.

I contemplated making a blog commentary on MO Senate Nominee (R) Todd Akin yesterday, but I changed my mind. Todd Akin has said some ignorant, horrifying things about rape that no apology can take away. The words reveal a true window into the man’s psyche. That being said, with all social media coverage on this story (my own post, here, included), there are more serious matters to consider. What I’m trying to say is this news item is full of trigger issues for many survivors.

We’ve all had our say and given this poor excuse of a man enough attention. It’s time to think of the the anger, the pain, and potential triggers survivors have to cope with every time they see a headline on rape and how, once again, someone thinks the victim is responsible for any part of what occurs during or after the fact.

The media is doing enough damage. Please, make it stop.

A Political Rant on Outsourcing

We’ve seen quite a bit of mudslinging lately between Obama’s campaign and Romney’s campaign. Personally, I don’t support either candidate. Once again, the American public is faced with votingĀ against the other candidate rather than votingĀ for someone they like. Ahh, but that’s another rant for another day.

Let me give you a little history on Outsourcing… see, it all started with NAFTA (the North American Free Trade Agreement)

NAFTA was:

  • Signed December 8, 1993, by President Bill Clinton
    • Eliminated all tarrifs and trade restrictions between the U.S., Canada and Mexico
    • Heavily criticized by Reform Party candidate Ross Perot, who argued if NAFTA passed, Americans would hear a ā€œgiant sucking soundā€ of American companies fleeing the U.S., finding employees who would work for less pay and without benefits (predicting what we know as Outsourcing, today).
  • NAFTA took effect on January 1, 1994

Mitt Romneyā€™s role at Bain Capital (or, Seriously? Youā€™re telling us you never outsourced, ever?)

  • Romney has been under attack in the media for outsourcing positions at Bain Capital
  • Romney says the outsourcing occurred 2 years after he left the company. I canā€™t find an unbiased media outlet to confirm or deny this information.
  • Regardless, Iā€™m sure outsourcing occurred while he was there. All the major corporations outsource. Itā€™s ā€œcost effectiveā€, and it ā€œimproves the bottom-lineā€.

The Obama Administration and Outsourcing (or, What Have You Done For Me Lately?)

  • Who remembers Obamaā€™s 2008 campaign rally cry of ā€œForeign aid, si! Outsourcing, no!ā€?
  • What has the Obama Administration done to stop outsourcing jobs?
  • Have any changes been made to make it more difficult for corporations to outsource?
  • Have corporations been given any incentives to keep jobs here in the U.S., where our unemployment rates are skyrocketing?

Mr. President, as far as this whole outsourcing issue is concerned I think the pot is calling the kettle black.

This isnā€™t a Democrat vs. Republican issue. This is about our economy. Period. This is about corporations making major donations to the candidate they think will win the election, and that candidate catering to the whims of the corporations.

What really gets me is seeing all the Facebook posts from people I know falling into this media frenzy. Whether they’re on the Left or the Right, I feel like it’s an “us vs. them” mentality. When, really, it doesn’t matter who we have in Office or what Party they run under. They don’t keep their campaign promises and they’re only “bought-and-paid-for” politicians anyway.

Just feeling a bit jaded today.Ā Stepping off my soap box now.

Flip-flops: They aren’t just summer footwear

I saw today’s headline on CNN:

“Obama says he supports same-sex marriage”

I thought to myself,Ā “seriously?” The timing isĀ impeccable. Wasn’t he saying this when we were gearing up for the 2008 election? I remember lots of my friends in the GLBT community being extremely disappointed after the election, when he backed off on his strong, supportive position on this matter. It appeared, to the people who supported him in that election, that he no longer needed their support and he caved to his financial supporters instead. Or, perhaps he never truly supported same-sex marriage; but that’s mere speculation on my part.

My point is, just as everyĀ politician does, he flip-flopped on this important issue once again in order to gain political ground. I’m calling shenanigans. No, I don’t believe he supports same-sex marriage. I believe he’s doing the same thing Romney is doing: He’s telling us what we want to hear so we’ll vote for him. And if he wins in November? Yes, I think he’ll do the exact same thing he did in 2008 – he’ll back off of his stance and not be quite as supportive as he said he was. He’ll flip-flop again.

The sad thing is, asĀ disappointedĀ as I am with Obama, I don’t like Romney one bit. Come to think of it, I have yet to find a decent candidate. They all lie. They’re all owned by the banks funding their campaigns. When it comes down to it, politics isn’t about the Party or the People anymore, it’s about money. We little folk don’t really matter.

I really wish I’d paid closer attention in my World History class when we studied Rome… :/