Monday, February 25, 2008

The Silly Season

02-25-08 Last week during the Democratic presidential debates, Obama stated "here we go again with the silly season". When Hilary accused him of plagiarism. And he was right to refer to her accusation as just another silly remark made by politicians during a campaign. But then again the "silly season" is year around now in politics unfortunately.

Look at how all the candidates keep upping the stakes with all their promises. Its gotten out of control, and verges on the insane. Obama promises to send everyone to college for free. Granted they will supposedly have to work for a time in the social services. And then Hilary comes out with a even better promise to beat Obamas promise. We have congress spending millions of dollars of tax payers money to get to the bottom of "steroid abuse, and video games that corrupt our youth" and other so called national emergencies that demand their attention. Is it any wonder that there is a disconnect between our politicians and Americans? How many people go to bed at night wondering and worrying how many ball players are getting strung out on steroids, and or how many parents are not being responsible enough to monitor what their children play and watch.

How refreshing would it be if we were to see our congress people really conducting investigations into issues which affect every single American, and our very lively hood. Its not going happen anytime soon. That would mean that they have to start holding themselves all accountable. Why no investigations concerning all the attacks on Americans prior to 9/11, and 9/11 itself. And I mean real investigations. Investigations by individuals in private security firms. Not politicians, retired military officers, and other individuals with connections to ourpoliticians? The answer is obvious. They would find the mistakes that our current leaders wish to forget. Instead we get these pseudo-investigations that find fault, but no-one to blame. Its the same story just about every time. The politicians count on Americans forgetting. And unfortunately we often do. So the silly season continues year around in Washington. The two parties making mad at each other during the campaign, and then kissing and making up after the election is over. Back to business as usual. All of them blaming each other as to why nothing gets done in Washington. All the while collecting a nice fat paycheck for keeping the Pork Barrels coming to their own districts.

I hope old Nader does run again. The democrats and the republicans cannot stand a third party. Even if that individual is only a minor irritation to both parties. But at least a third party makes them sit up and take notice that there is a segment of Americans that refuse to believe their silly promises, and is sick and tired of all the old lies that our politicians spout off every four years. And Congrats to Ron Paul for making their life a little more difficult with his continued campaign. The silly season will continue all year around until we as Americans are fed up with it. And demand that our politicians quit acting like spoiled children, and start the process of becoming real politicians who have to make hard and difficult decisions. And realize that those decisions may not get them re-elected the next time around.

I like how Obama appears to really want to change government. "Out with the old, in with the new " to quote an old advertisement. But I suspect that all his promises will come to nothing once he is elected. But then again I hope I am wrong. But so far his promises are nothing new to most Americans. We have all heard them before. "The pure and simple truth is rarely pure, and never simple." Oscar Wilde

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