Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Historic Election! Does it matter?

Thank $DEITY, it's finally over! Another day or so and hopefully all this political crap will be behind us.

There's lots of reasons to rant and rage about the US electoral process; the Electoral Collate does nothing but invalidate the voting process, the misuse of absentee ballots by those not physically absent, the ridiculous fund raising laws and rules which allow a party to get $5M a day (which could have helped fix the financial/economic problems), etc. But this particular rant is about the idiotic idea that one candidate or party is "better" than another.

As you may have noticed when you voted yesterday, there were more names on the ballot than just the Dem and GOP offerings. We had Independents, Greens, Libertarians, blah, blah... But the reality of those also-ran's is they are nothing more than pipe dreams. The system is setup for two parties when it comes to the presidency. This election we had McCain vs Obama. Republican vs Democrat. But what did that distinction really mean?

Abso-fricking-lutely nothing! The reality of it all is that there's no effective difference between the two parties. Nor between the two candidates. Six of one, half dozen of the other.

"But wait," I hear you cry, "There's a huge difference in what the parties and candidates put forth as their positions on just about everything dealing with the governing of the country." True enough. But it's all smoke and mirrors. You have to look at the situation from an objective view in order to see what's really going on. But that's virtually impossible for people to do. There's three positions on the value of the parties; The Republicans are right and everyone else is wrong, the Democrats are right and everyone else is wrong, and then there's the position that both are wrong. If you thought that one or the other candidate/party in this presidential election was the tool of the anti-Christ then you are, by definition, unable to see the reality of what is happening.

See, the differences between the two parties and their candidates are really very superficial. They pick positions based more on what they think will keep them in power than anything remotely related to helping the country and it's citizens. Think I'm full of it? Go back and investigate the last 12 or so elections. Look at what the candidates promised and what they actually did once elected. Look at the prevailing cultural and social norms of the times and see how that effected the way the parties ran their campaigns. If you look at it with no preconceived ideas, no biased emotions you'll discover something very fascinating.

So what does all this have to do with the election yesterday? Simply put, Barack Obama is a horrible choice for the presidency. But before you go apes**t on me the fact is that John McCain would have been equally as bad a choice. All of the "good" things Obama will do will be canceled out by the harm he'll cause. The only difference if McCain were elected is that the "good" he'd do would be in the areas that Obama will screw up. And the harm he'd cause would be in the areas Obama will improve. They are two sides of the same coin. That is also true of the two parties. If there were such a thing as common sense in this world neither of the parties would be let near the government. Unfortunately you can't have common sense in politics. It is like trying to build a fire with a water hose.

The only saving grace the US has is that we put a term limit on the office. We just came out of 16 years of extremely bad leadership. The last two presidents were like fraternal twins; both destroying everything they touched only in two different ways. Now we get to see whether the twins are actually triplets.

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