Presidential Debates

I didn’t get to watch the debates this evening because I was participating in our local Community Meals where Diane volunteers a lot of time. Not watching them wasn’t a big deal to me because the media provides enough analysis to ensure I understand their point of view and who they think won. What I think is totally meaningless to anyone but me.

The fact that the media showcases only two political parties is, in my opinion, stark raving mad proof that they are doing their best to force Americans to believe we only have Republicans and Democrats running for office. In fact, there are nearly 40 political parties in the USA, and 175 qualified individuals have filed to run for president in 2012. Like everything else in politics, qualifying is all about money … not much at the entry level, but it’s still about money.

  • The individual has received contributions aggregating in excess of $5,000 or made expenditures aggregating in excess of $5,000; or
  • The individual has given consent to another person to receive contributions or make expenditures on behalf of him or herself and that person has received contributions aggregating in excess of $5,000 or made expenditures aggregating in excess of $5,000 (11 CFR 100.3(a)).

So, those who qualify with the minimum contributions/expenditures are ushered into oblivion by those who either already have millions/billions of dollars, or are buddied up with those who do. Money wins. Just like the best movies are apparently, according to the media, the ones that gross the most money on opening day. It doesn’t really matter if it’s a good movie or not … if people buy into the hype and they’ll go to see if it’s all true. Many times, after they’ve already spent their fifty bucks, they discover it was waste of time. Unfortunately, they’ve already added to the monetary success of that film.

So it is with political candidates. Ever heard of these folks:


It would be interesting if you have because none of them are well known because they have a limited support base. Plus, they have some odd names that just don’t sound real, do they? But, they are all real candidates for president.

I’m not saying I support any of these folks. I’m just saying there are more than two parties to consider in this election. But, in the end, we’ll wind up with either a Republican or a Democrat running the country.

Then there’s the electoral college. What’s that all about other than a way for each state to sidestep the popular vote, if they choose, and there’s nothing we can do about it. How about that? Why bother? Let’s just let the electoral college call the shots from the start and save all that money that’s spent on paper to print ballots that, for most of the western states, are meaningless.

We’re told to vote if we want change. OK, I vote, but the changes I see aren’t in line with the ones I’d like to see. I won’t go there, but I’m betting that the majority of folks feel the same way.

In my opinion, banks and big business control our destiny and voting for one candidate or the other won’t change it. That’s because, in my opinion, banks and big business pick the candidates.

So, if you were me, who would you vote for? Romney, who epitomizes big business, or Obama, who effectively didn’t exist until 6 years ago? Or, perhaps, “None of The Above”. I don’t think that’s a choice, but it should be.

There, I’ve said it. Doing so takes me way out of my comfort zone because I normally spout fiction, or just make stuff up. So, enjoy this moment, if you must. Tell me how wrong I am, if you wish. I won’t listen because I’m with the majority … I criticize without sharing my opinion of an alternate solution which, therefore, means I’m part of the problem. Since I don’t have a zillion bucks to get in the running, I’ll just fantasize about what I’d do if I were president. It would probably be just like it is here at home – I do whatever Diane says which means, although she didn’t run, she’s in charge.

Just like big business and bankers.


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