Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Party All the Time

I don't normally care that much about politics. Politicians say whatever they think will get them elected, and the higher the office, the fewer campaign promises they will ever keep. Everyone knows it, but people pick sides anyway. Party loyalty is more important than common sense. It's almost like sports, except people pick their sports teams based on where they live and they have more realistic expectations. Political parties are handed down from generation to generation. I want the Vikings to win the Super Bowl because I'm from Minnesota, but I know it's not going to happen.

I didn't care who won in 2012. Obama's first term was disappointing and Romney was an elitist career politician completely out of touch with the people. The funny thing is, there's always at least one elitist career politician completely out of touch with the people in each election. When he's a Republican, Democrats say that's bad. When he's a Democrat, Republicans say that's bad.

That's my biggest problem with politics. It's as hypocritical as any billion dollar church. All of the arguments one party uses against another in one election are reversed in another election. Clinton (D) has experience and that's great according to Democrats and bad according to Republicans. But in 2008 Obama (D) had no experience and that was great according to Democrats and bad according to Republicans.

In 2004, Kerry (D) was criticized by Republicans for going to school in Switzerland and knowing French. Those same Republicans had no problem with Romney (R) living in France and knowing French. The voters didn't care either way. Or maybe they did. Both candidates lost.

Democrats have always criticized rich Republicans even though they've had plenty of very wealthy candidates of their own. Bush (R) was a rich elitist in 2000 and 2004, even though his opponents were from wealthy families. Gore (D) followed his father into politics just like Bush, and Kerry (D) was the richest person in the senate. Of the top 10 richest presidents, 5 were Democrats (Kennedy, Jackson, Johnson, Roosevelt, Clinton) and 2 were Republicans (Roosevelt & Hoover). The other 3 were before the Democrats or Republicans existed. Ironically, George Washington is the only president that everyone likes and he was richer than almost all of them combined.

But the thing is, none of that matters. What their parents did, where they went to school, what they did before running is all irrelevant. Democrats will vote for the Democrat, Republicans will vote for the Republican. No matter what. Party loyalty is more important than anything else.

I'm not a member of either party. As an independent, I can vote for anyone. The 2 big parties and the media want everyone to think there are only 2 parties, but there are usually several. I come from a state where independence is considered a good thing. People assume we're all Democrats because we vote for the Democrat in most presidential elections, but that's partly because Mondale and Humphrey were on the ballot for 20 years. Other parties do well in lower offices. We've had independent and Reform governors, independent and Farmer-Labor senators and mayors from every party imaginable.

Democrats need not fear that I'm not voting for their candidate this year. She's going to win my state by a mile. Republicans need not care that I never vote for their presidential candidates. As an absentee voter, my vote is never counted. But I vote anyway. I have every right to vote in my country's elections, no matter where I live. And I have just as much right to vote for people who are not members of the two most corrupt corporate parties.



2 comments:

  1. Is it possible for you to vote when you are out of country ? Like online or postal ballots ?
    US politics amuses me and specially this time, you guys have to choose one of the lesser fools, somehow I feel both of them are not eligible to hold the most powerful position in the world. Cheers !!

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  2. I'm a permanent absentee voter. I vote by mail. They're not ready to let us vote online yet.

    There are always more than 2 people running for president. This year, there are at least a dozen nationally, plus who knows how many in each state. But it's only the Democrats and Republicans that the media ever mention.

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