Saturday, September 06, 2008

Politics As Unusual

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.

13 comments:

mmlace said...

You're right, you don't usually blog about politics.

And as a loyal reader of yours, I'll be the first to step up and say that's the way I like it.

Because, especially here lately, as we near election time '08, I am flooded with both sides of all the arguments nearly everytime I turn on my TV or read some news.

And to me, it also feels like having to choose between the lesser of two evils. To be quite honest, I'm not sure what that is yet. And it's just a little bit sickening.

preacherman said...

Keith,
I appreciate your honesty.
Wonderful words and thoughts on this subject.
I think it is just sad the way things are done.
Wait.
Doesn't the Supreme Court choose who is President in America now?
Just kiddin.
Thanks again for this great post. I hope you have a blessed week.

Royce Ogle said...

Very well said. I couldn't agree more.

While what you say is completley true, in this election my decision is easy. It is in some way though the lesser of two evils. I am not sure any of these 4 are "evil" just not the best.

Royce

laymond said...

Keith, you are right. I'm sure you have heard the old saying. "The country is going to hell in a hand basket" we are not far from being there, maybe we should jump out of that basket before it reaches it's destination.

steve said...

Totally agree.

Unfortunately, we will not be stuck with the lesser of two evils but the evil of two lessers.

This is why I've been enthusiastically supporting the Ron Paul Revolution and I'll probably vote for Chuck Baldwin just to soothe my conscience.

laymond said...

Keith I am forced to disagree with your post name, after watching the news and hearing nearly everything that comes out of the mouth of McCain's running mate proven to be a baldfaced lie, not a distortion of a truth, simply a lie, especially coming from one who claims to be a Christian. this woman will lie, bribe, threaten, or do anything to get her way. Nope not "Politics as usual" "politics to a new low" it just proves that some people will do anything when they are desperate. McCain said "I would rather loose an election, than loose a war" but evidently he and she would rather loose their soul, than loose an election. They have made up my mind which is the lesser of the two evils.

Royce Ogle said...

What a hoot! Thanks Laymond, I needed a good laugh this morning.

laymond said...

Royce, if you think my comment is funny, you should read my post, you may split your sides.

The Great Deceiver

laymond said...

warning, Royce if you have heart problems, don't read it.I don't want to be responsible for your demise.

Royce Ogle said...

Laymond,

Why do you think I would be surprised. I could go to a Watchtower website and read the same stuff.

No person is as blind as those who refuse to see. Your theology is much worse than your politics by the way.

Royce

Keith Brenton said...

Boys, boys.

Don't make me pull this blog over to the curb!

laymond said...

Keith, your comment was much funnier than mine, I am going to have to perk up:)

Royce Ogle said...

Opps! My bad