Monday, April 13, 2015

The next 18 months of presidential campaigning (#2264)

From here on out until November 2016 we will get bombarded with the two political parties and their visions for our future. Except that one party, Democrats will actually have policies you can either get behind or attack. While the other party, Republicans, will not have policies to choose from instead they will attack what the Democrats are proposing. Why you may ask? Because they don't have much of anything the majority of voters want so instead of proposing things they don't believe in they will attack the things the rest of us believe in. It is a strategy that has had limited success in the non-presidential year national elections. Republicans are the minority party in the US and they have chosen to rely on less than positive tricks to make their case for staying in power. Now obviously I am a Democrat since I have little love for the Republican party mostly because they have no love for 90% of the American citizenry. I say that because Republicans want a small government that doesn't regulate large businesses, allowing them to set their own health and safety standards that affect the rest of us. Republicans also want to eliminate national and state social safety net programs because they feel that a survival of the fittest mode for humans is compassionate enough. What little Republicans do want for government to control with unlimited resources is police and military functions. So, when you look at the Republican party's agenda it is similar to the novella, "A Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens. Republicans are represented by Ebenezer Scrooge, a man who exemplified the cold-hearted miser, bent on power and greed, while the Democrats are represented by Bob Cratchit, a man who is condescended to and underpaid for his hard working ethic. Nothing in the foreseeable future will change this dynamic except how it is played out in the media. 18 months is a long time to have to realize that it takes only a few seconds to decide which side you will vote for.

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