The Hilarity of Presidential Politics

I am tired of the nomination process.

It has become a joke; it’s not even democracy. It’s all about scoring cheap political points, invoking the death of our beloved public officials and depending on possible further assassinations of rivals to continue race’s in your favor, using back-room party insiders to override votes, race-baiting and scaring white people into voting for you. We have been bombarded with the horse race headlines, boxing reference, spin, finger-wagging, angry and belligerent ex-presidents, the “low-blows” and the lack of more vital news to make it worth watch the boob tube. However, this race is one of the most important things in our lifetimes to keep up on, so I digress.

What has happened while The Pennsylvania Progressive has been gone? Not much. We still have more potshots being swung by these candidates. We have our own Ted Kennedy being diagnosed with malignant brain cancer. We have Sen. Hillary Clinton invoking the horrible assassination of RFK to win a nominee battle. We have Barack Obama and McBush attacking each other with name-calling words like “appeaser” and “political posturing.” In a climate where hurricanes, earthquakes and cyclones are growing more and more to be a constantly-occurring phenomenon ripping the country in pieces, where man-made global warming is getting worse, we have an Administration that is so out of control that it is declaring peacemaker and hero Nelson Mandela a terror suspect, where our civil liberties and human rights are openly violated to the point that our Secretary of State, Condolezza Rice, can openly admit to advocating torture as a national policy, that our most unpopular president in history is looking to make our own country into a Brave New World-like police state– we are in trouble, and in a horse race that can determine the very fate and path our country goes on from now on we still have not fully taken the opportunity to get the American public to force our officials to focus on answering the real issues squeezing at our necks.

I am disgusted at our corporate media. They’re not covering the real stories that count- and why do I care this late in the game when they’ve been ignoring the real issues for a while now? Well, things are getting significantly worse and they are feeding into our amnesia as a country about the real challenges that we face. We have U.S. companies that are skirting international law to provide the Chinese government with new ways to suppress its people and all the media talks about is whether or not it is okay to have the Olympics in Beijing. Hey, how about impeaching our aiding and abetting, cronyistic president and stuffing his ‘executive privilege’ to hide and lie and blow stuff up in other people’s countries up his rear-end, and throw him in jail where he belongs? We have a executive branch of government that advocates for violating the Constitution and spying on American civilians and giving government grants, taxpayer money, contracts to telecom and other corporate companies for them to do it. We also have 2 branches of Congress that are allowing them to step on our hard-fought Constitution and ignore the balance of power.

There is so much going wrong now the pot is boiling over. Now is the time to force our candidates to answer the issues IN SPECIFICS that will determine whether the future of not only us but the future of the ones we love will be in jeopardy. Demand more. The real issues are not being talked about. The same partisan politics of attack words, wedge issues and hollow terms will not solve our most neglected problems. Our most immediate, critical problems are- health care, the environment, gas prices going up to $10 a gallon, jobs and opportunity, foreclosures, social mobility, worker’s rights, college affordability, whether our small businesses can be supported over mass consolidation, food inspection oversight, unequal and unfair trade and exploitation, sweatshop labor, bad Chinese products, protection of our ports, our disaffected youth competing with the world’s youth for jobs and their livelihood, the 4,000 dead troops and the brave ones stuck in stop-loss and in their 3rd-4th tours in Iraq in an endless war that McBush advocates continuing for 100 years, etc. The status quo is not acceptable anymore. We should not worry about funny names, skin color and the gender of our officials. We need to hold them up to the real problems, and we need change, now.

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