I don't blog about politics very often. I know some folks find it fascinating and can get their foundation garments in quite a wad when something is said to denigrate the process (as if it is God-given-to-the-founding-fathers law) or, especially, to marginalize the party of their choice (as if it were heaven-delivered-to-Washington perfect).
So let me say something which will equivocally and roundly offend everyone.
I think it's a cryin', stinkin', squealin' shame that Americans really only have a choice between one candidate/party which favors legal abortion-on-demand and another candidate/party which favors prolonging a war in a country where we have never had any business being and are not wanted until some undefined "victory" can be declared there, even if it's a century down the road.
I think it's a travesty that Americans must choose between an energy policy that is unrealistically eco-friendly and one that unapologetically shoves money into the pockets of energy interests which are robbing us blind and enjoying record profits while doing so.
I think it's reprehensible that both major parties should select a candidate or running mate who is so wet-behind-the-ears and experience-free that their primary qualifications are youth and gender or race.
I think it's gutless, spineless, and ignorant for a two-party Congress to blame the other side of the aisle for out-of-control spending and then promise to pay for the resulting debt by cutting taxes ... in a grand bi-partisan way, of course.
I think it's absurd that the two-party system has gravitated toward ridiculous extremes on virtually everything that could be considered an issue to Americans; things that affect the way we live and believe and do business.
I don't think the answer is voting for cloutless special-interest parties created and perpetuated by political gnomes like Ross Perot or Ralph Nader.
I don't think the answer is not voting at all, as a sort of resigned, hopeless protest.
I just think we ought to know what and whom we're voting for, be mature enough to admit that we're being hoodwinked by a system that does not have our best interests at heart - only a party platform - and to vote with a clear conscience for what each of us believes is the lesser of two evils.
Then pray for the day when reason will prevail and defeat at least the most outlandish of the truly evil propositions put forward in Congress and subject to the pen of the President and the whims of the courts ... for the day when our resources will no longer be squandered on pork or excessive military costs or the advantage of power for one party above the other ... for the day when we can look at the process with pride and see politics as unusual.