Vote: This Means You

It’s your constitutional right as an American, you know.    Lots at stake this go round.

The Democrats are bracing for losses; the Republican pundits have victory jokes at the ready.    Golly, what happened??

Well, we seem to be undergoing a distinct paradigm shift; one that in two short years brings us back round to where it all began.  I don’t think this is exactly what the Democrats had in mind.   But pullets–especially the political ones–always come home to roost.  What will no doubt happen at the end of voting today is as cyclical as it gets and in effect, it’s payback.  I happen to believe that the Donkey Party started laying down their negative stratagem shortly after we bombed Baghdad.  That’s when the wholesale condemnation of the Bush Administration began.  It was as though “Operation Bush Removal” was in full swing and suddenly, out of the blue, everyone was against  the president.   I’ve never heard more rude, crude hate mongering in my life.   He was called every name in the book—the least of which included imbecile –and no one batted an eye for some reason.   Additionally, he was a middle-aged Anglo male and that in and of itself, made him Public Enemy #1 and therefore, everyone was socially absolved from saying whatever they wanted about the man and his politics.   Hate became a popular pastime.

Enter Obama–a political product; groomed to be a campaigning fool.   Young, handsome (to some I suppose), educated and unknown enough to be an intriguing enigma.    Well, the Democratic groomers accomplished their goal with tremendous aplomb.  Their candidate won the presidency, but he was only polished and made shiny to a point;  they forgot to teach him how to be president.    In that arena, I think  the party failed him and he’s failed everyone else.   There’s so much that I find extremely disappointing in the man.  This is disconcerting for me, especially with his Administration in its late Sophomore term.  Even though I am a Republican, I wanted him to do well.   I say that because I’ve been willing to be more magnanimous than many of my Democratic counterparts who couldn’t and wouldn’t dare spare an iota of Bushian charity.   Obama in my opinion, just never found his traction. 

His missteps are now legend.  He oversold the stimulus package and it ultimately did little to stimulate anything.   His focus on health-care reform instead of job creation angered many, but the reality is, it might not have been the source of so much ire had the health care he proposed not been so reminiscent of socialized medicine.    Then he just spoke in circles so many times.   I watched as he singlehandedly turned happy, hopeful followers into frowning doubters who continue to jump ship.

And really, all most Americans  wanted a much improved economy;  all they got was Democratic rhetoric and the party line that centered on every mistake “the previous administration” made.   Nothing was really done; it was all talk and not even smart, logic filled talk. It was complaining and placing blame .  This, I think was, is and always will be an egregious miscalculation on the part of Democratic strategists.   And this election will prove just how egregious.  I call it “the  Carville Factor”. 

In 2009,  Democratic smart guy, James Carville penned the book , “40 More Years: How the Democrats Will Rule the Next Generation.”  In it Carville stated: “Today, a Democratic majority is emerging, and it’s my hypothesis, one I share with a great many others, that this majority will guarantee the Democrats remain in power for the next forty years.”

Uh, make that two years, Baldy; it just lasted two years.

That this power only lasted for such a short amount of time is the ideological shift I’m talking about.    According to the polls, scads of Obama supporters,  including women, Catholics, middle class voters and independents, are not only turning their back on the one time Democratic wunderkind; they’re also abandoning the party in droves.     Why?  Well, we live in an age in which the Media is more polarizing than ever before.  The Left loves MSNBC and the Right finds FOX to be to their liking.  Both networks are ridiculously politically skewed.   Fair and balanced looks lovely scrawled as a catch line on some billboard, but it don’t pay the bills.  Plus, we tend to get disappointed so much quicker these days.    We give politicians little wiggle room and understandably so.   We have reason to doubt.

But political power is like sand–it shifts and this current one is no different than Bush’s electronic lynching.  Bush shot himself in the foot time after time;  Obama is following suit.   And not only have the shifts in recent history been sweeping; they’ve also happened very swiftly.    In this administration’s case, hero-worship deteriorated to disappointment.   The promise of Hope and Change, then the failure to bring them about prompted disillusionment.    Initially, Obama, the candidate was a novel idea…and not so much because of the color of his skin;  I’m talking about his youth, his inexperience, his New Deal deals and his heralded groovy and cool life that was laid out by a Liberal media that was all to eager to rub it in the face of hard-edged Bush and his loyalists.   Even I can say that it was fun to watch Obama voted in; but now many find the instability he’s created to be the very reason to vote him out.

Would he run again?  I read somewhere that Obama will more than likely throw his hat into the ring in 2012.  Apparently, he loves running… just not running the country.   But is that enough?   Could that even possibly be enough?   As Commander-In Chief, can anyone in office “fake it” or just “phone it in”?    Is his ONLY erstwhile credential as this stage, simply that he’s not Bush???

Well, none of those things are enough for me and as far as I’m concerned, he’s got two years to wise up and grow up and learn to love and respect the high office he’s been entrusted to hold.  Frankly, I can’t see that happening.   I don’t think he has the political moxie, but I don’t think that’s completely his fault.   I  think he’s a political pawn.   I blame his handlers for their hasty “anything to get rid of Bush” zeal, but unfortunately, its his face in the official photos on the walls in government offices.    As president, he gets the credit;  he also gets the blame.    

Obama to me, is nothing but the Great Mocha Hype.  Manufactured and molded.  He’s St. Elmo’s Fire nicely packaged with snake oil in a box marked “nebulous” and his version of hope and change, while orchestrated by others, has only further altered the course for a once grand political party that because of horrendous mistakes over the past 20 years, now finds itself in utter disarray.

Jules, ya know, honey,  this isn’t real. You know what it is? It’s St. Elmo’s Fire. Electric flashes of light that appear in dark skies out of nowhere. Sailors would guide entire journeys by it, but the joke was on them… there was no fire. There wasn’t even a St. Elmo. They made it up. They made it up because they thought they needed it to keep them going when times got tough, just like you’re making up all of this. We’re all going through this. It’s our time at the edge.

Billy (Rob Lowe’s character) , from the movie, “St. Elmo’s Fire”

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