What is going on in America?


Things are a real mess.

I need to go back and read “1984” and “Animal Farm”.  There are themes developing in this country that sound familiar and the condition of America reminds me of those two books.  First of all, big business is trying to control how America thinks and how America votes.  Corporate America is trying to scare the public into voting Republicans saying that bad things will come, like the wrath of God, if you vote for a Democrat.  There is still a huge shift of wealth going on in this country from the poor to the rich and all under the guise of our own protection.  Our phones, emails, and Internet browsing is being monitored in secrecy by the government.  The Republicans truly believe they are superior.  They have made fun of Obama for over-using the word “Change” but  now the Republicans say that “Change” is coming.  That’s what McCain said last night in his speech.  As for what kind of change; I have no idea, he didn’t say.

It is amazing to me that somehow, if you believe what polls say, that the race between Obama and McCain is about tied.  How can that be true?  For those of you out there voting for John McCain, I need to know why, exactly why, specifically why.  And don’t give me some Republican boiler plate response.  I want to know how voting for John McCain is going to make my life and your life better, and how he will improve our standing as a country around the world.  Palin is being sequestered from the media for fear she will make a huge mistake.  The problem is that she is combative and especially when backed into a corner, she will strike.  And not in a confident, sarcastic, clever way.  It will be more like a campaign-crushing, disastrous way.

We keep forgetting that the United States of America is an experiment.  We are a country that was formed based on freedom, liberty, and our individual rights to pursue happiness as long as we’re not hurting anybody else in doing it.  Our country has only been a country for 232 years.  I personally believe that we are at a crossroads that will prove whether or not our country will be successful as an ideology.  If John McCain is voted into office then America is like Europe in the 1930’s.  They allowed Hitler to change the dynamic of their world, right in front of their eyes, and with their blessing.  And all because they were too lazy to fight or too stupid to question authority.  And we know how that turned out.

I am backing Barack Obama; and it is not because he is a good orator.  What I have learned about Obama is that he is a methodical thinker.  He doesn’t pitch from his gut like McCain does and Bush does and Cheney and Rice and Rumsfeld and the whole lot do.  Obama was criticized for not coming out with an opinion on the Russia/Georgia conflict for a few days after it started.  Well, first of all, he’s not the President and is not the person, right now, who needs to react quickly to a situation.  But with that aside, Barack Obama is the kind of person who will look at ALL of the angles, all of the possible outcomes, all of the people affected,  and how they are affected, before he speaks.  

 

We’ve had how many years now of reactionary politics.  Think about the Terry Sciavo case.  Everyone had an opinion and they came to that opinion quickly based on gut emotion.  Nobody took the time to look at what was really going on from every angle.  Think about the war in Iraq.  

In many ways, Obama is like a good reporter, the kind of journalist that used to exist in this country.  He’s like a reporter who tells the story from all sides first, then forms and opinion; not form an opinion and then mold the facts to support your opinion.  That’s exactly how we got into the Iraq War.  Bush and Cheney wanted to go to war in Iraq since the evening of September 11, 2001.  They wanted to invade Iraq, a country that had nothing to do with 9/11, and then gathered false intelligence to support their reasoning.  They really had a no case but when they say “9/11” and “Saddam Hussein” in the same sentence enough times, Americans believe it.  I am continually amazed at what Americans will believe without ever questioning anything.  I don’t understand it.  Again, the same thing happened in Europe in the 1930’s and we know how that turned out.  Hitler’s new Germany was an experiment as well.

So now John McCain cancelled an appearance on CNN because the McCain camp doesn’t like the reporting CNN has been doing.  The McCain camp is trying to “punish” the media, any media, who crosses them.   Who the hell do these people think they are?  That’s not how it works.  The media is free to say or print anything they want.  It is probably the most important idea introduced by the founding fathers of this country.  If we don’t have freedom of the press, and freedom of speech, we have nothing.

McCain’s diatribe on the differences between him and Barack Obama was full of wide generalizations and lies.  Because of the mess created by the Bush Administration, any new Administration MUST raise taxes.  Americans are not stupid enough to think that taxes will not go up.  They know Obama will do it and they know McCain will do it.  There is no other way out.  Somebody has got to pay to get us out of the mess we are in.  Somebody has got to pay for the war and for all the money that Bush borrowed from China.  John McCain thinks that you are only rich in this country if you make more than $5 million dollars a year.  So those who are individually making between, for example, $125,000 a year and $4.9 million dollars a year still deserve a tax break.  The numbers don’t add up.  At least Obama is honest that he will raise taxes.  He wants to tax the wealthy.

America’s reputation around the world, and in some ways between ourselves, must be mended.  Who can you picture representing America to the world.  Is it really John McCain.  A smart man, I’ll give him that, but I’m sorry, he is old, doesn’t move very well, has beady little eyes, an awkward smile and just doesn’t emanate grace and good tidings.  He doesn’t even believe in diplomacy and I know why; he’s not good at it.  It’s the same reason I say I hate sports.  It’s because I’ve never been good at them so I denigrate their worth.

I want a Commander in Chief who CAN lift his hands above his shoulder.   With McCain, the only way he could pat a soldier on the back is if that soldier come back lying face down in a coffin.   He can’t lift his arms high enough to pat them on the back if they come home standing up.

If the natural resources in America belong to Americans then why don’t all companies that mine or extract natural resources share their profits with each and every American.  To me, that is a better idea than a “windfall profits tax”.  

That’s all I can muster for now.  Like I said, I had to do a brain dump and I apologize that this post was not cohesive from beginning to end.  But I think I got my point across as to the issues I’ve been thinking about.

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