I know very few people who really know enough about politics to know who is better to facilitate the country. And the ones who are educated about the economy, and domestic and foreign policy are so blinded by their opinions and care more about being "right" and having power than they do about the people of this country. The best president ever was President Palmer and he was a fictional character, which leads me to my next point: I don't think any one person is the answer to America's problems and the one's who are are fake characters on T.V.
I remember when President Obama was sworn in, there was this one point where the look on his face just rubbed me the wrong way. He looked way too smug. That isn't necessarily what he was actually feeling but that was the way it looked to me. I remember how the media portrayed him like he was a messiah or something and that I got the impression people liked him cause he used the word "change." Anytime that many people like a human being that much involved with power and authority I'm going to step back and be like, "hmmm, don't think I'll join this bandwagon."
A few months after his Presidency the media suddenly didn't think he was so awesome anymore. They wanted to know why things weren't "changing" as quickly as they thought they should be changed. My response? Well of course things haven't changed, and I can tell you why: 1. He is ONE man, he was a fool for telling people he actually had the power to make so many things that have gone to s*** in this country better, and the people were fools for believing him. 2. I was thinking, um, he's been in office for like 60 days, maybe back up off him.
I know little about Mitt Romney, I know he's mormon and has a lot of money, and that's about it. I watched the first debate in the hopes that I would be swayed one way or the other, but the best argument of the night? Mitt Romney pointing out that gas, food and healthcare have gone up since Obama has been President. To me, that is valid, because I have seen those things go up. To me it matters very little if this is due to the wars we started, he didn't do anything to keep things low for us and that's the kind of change people were really hoping for.
Let's be honest here everyone, the people of the U.S. want to blame everything on the government and not take responsibility for buying all the fancy toys they want don't need and can't afford. The credit card is our downfall and I am one of those idiots who has three, so I feel what I say has some real truth to it. I liked that President Obama said that companies who choose to keep jobs in America will get tax breaks, I'm strongly against outsourcing, at least to the level it has gone. I don't think companies shouldn't be allowed to outsource, I just think it's cool that Companies are given an incentive to stay the f*** here (sorry, I really feel an f-bomb was necessary).
I like that Mitt Romney said no more borrowing from China, and I thought it was telling that President Obama didn't refute that we have been or that he would stop. I love that Romney is for small businesses; people now more than ever need to be able to start their businesses. But most of all I love love LOVED his view on giving states control over how money from the federal government is spent. States know where the money needs to go, the federal government is not needed to tell them where it needs to go. And that's what a lot of my political opinions comes down to: big government versus small government. I believe the founding fathers envisioned less government not more. That the government existed "for the people" not for their own power or for the sake of government.
We need the government to regulate, not to control or make decisions for us. I liked that President Obama brought up classroom sizes and 10 year old textbooks but then I thought, "And why, after 4 years, are there still big class sizes and 10 year old textbooks, if you didn't do it in your previous 4 years what makes me believe you'll do it now?" I think a lot of people vote the way they vote based on how it will affect their pocket-book, but I'll tell you something, I'd rather pay taxes under a republican president and have the option to send my kids to any f****** school I want (again, sorry, that's my frustration coming out) own a gun (though I don't have a desire to have one) give money to who I want to give it to instead of being told who to give it to and who deserves it rather tha compromising my religious morals on abortion, or having to pay more for gas and food, or to see the military payed s*** money, or to see illegal immigrants getting the rights of citizens.
Hmm. Maybe I know more about politics than I once thought. I wish I didn't have the label of Republican because I don't fit all the stereotypes of one. I don't think it's fair that middle class are the ones that get screwed over financially, but I don't think it would be fair to tell the ones who've earned a lot of money that it's their responsibility to bail out our government either. I don't think I should get to tell someone who they can marry (unless it's a kid or an animal lol) but I'd sure like to have the respect of my opinion whether I choose to vocalize them or not.
I just don't think that politics are black and white. I may have to compromise a few things I believe in when I vote for someone, but then again, I think it's the props, congressmen and senators that make the real changes anyway. Too much is put on one man and that one man should not think he can "change" America and people shouldn't put so much pressure on that one man. They need to start pressuring themselves to change American. Ghandi had it right all along, "Be the change you want to see in the world."
I don't know if I'm voting at this point, but writing all of this down did remind me that I know what I believe and why I believe it. Some of what I believe is driven by my faith and some is just my opinion of what common sense is. A lot of props sound good but then violate free-will; how can I vote for a certain prop when I don't know if I'm even being told the truth about it? I hate politics. I totally understand why some people think anarchy is the way, even though I know it isn't the answer (kind of like I get why people result to selling drugs, they think it's the only way to survive).
Something has got to change but it isn't the politicians (although wouldn't that be nice) it's you and it's me that has to change, how we spend our money, how we treat our neighbor etc. Then maybe we'll see the change people hoped Obama would bring.