I don't like politics, but there seems to be no way of getting completely free from its tentacles. I just wish that in this country we could form coalitions of various thoughts from various political parties, but we are saddled with just two main parties that don't represent all the people. I've been very much interested in the Green Party, but they have so little power that I changed my affiliation to the Democrats with which I agree more with than the Republicans. It is almost heresy in the Naples area to be anything but a Republican.
I read the letters to the editor faithfully every day, and I must say that sometimes I can hardly stand reading such a plethora of contradictory opinions under the sun. It is hard to understand how human beings can be so different. We all look more or less alike, but under our skulls we have a vast array of thoughts and ideas that conflict with the opinions of others. It's amazing that we are able to get along with each other and be civil to each other on the most part. Occasionally, some unbalanced people go over the edge and go on a rampage and kills other people because they have some notion that it is alright to rid the Earth of others that they deem their enemies.
I am thoroughly disgusted with the political campaign that is now in progress by those who are running for president as a Republican. So far, I haven't seen anyone that I would feel comfortable voting for. I will vote for President Obama in November, because in my humble opinion he is the only one that is worthy of my vote. I feel that Obama could have done more for the country in the past 3 years, but every time he tries to do something, he is blocked by the Republicans in Congress. It amazes me that the Republicans want to turn back the clock on almost everything. Obama isn't perfect by any means, but who is?
When I vote, I usually vote for the person I think will do the most good or in some cases, do the least harm. It would go against my conscience to vote for any of the Republican candidates. When they debate, they put on a show and argue amongst themselves about how bad the other persons are who are running. It's disgusting, and to think we have to put up with this nonsense for the next nine months. It will be enough to drive us all insane.
I wish we could do like they do in some countries where political campaigns are limited to just a few months before the election. In this country, our campaigns last for almost 4 years and are terribly nauseating. Political campaigns cost billions of dollars and what do we get for it? Only those with a lot of money behind them can stay in the race, and those who might make a good president are unable to run because of lack of money. Money should be taken out of politics, because money corrupts. We desperately need campaign finance reform, but don't hold your breath.
Why do Republicans keep harping on the false premise that Democrats are engaged in class warfare when they want the rich people to pay their fair share in taxes? The rich pay less in taxes now than at any time for several decades. Why should they not pay a higher percent in taxes than other people do? If this is a Democracy, wouldn't we all be working for the common good? How can rich people work for the common good, when they have so much more to help out the country than those who have much less and make much less in wages? That is not class warfare, it is just common sense, justice and Democracy.
I think that the Republicans are the ones engaging in class warfare. They are waging war against he poor and needy that as a group are growing. If the Republicans gain the presidency, we will go backwards and all the good that has been accomplished in the past will be in danger of being taken from us.
I'm not saying that the Democrats are perfect, because there are Democrats that are engaged in class warfare against the lower classes too. I am a Democrat because I feel they do more good for the people as a whole than what the Republicans plan to do. I shudder to think of what any of the present Republican candidates would do to our country if any of them win the election. Obama must win the election, otherwise this country will be in great danger of losing what good there is left such as Social Security, medicare, medicaid, environmental safeguards, food and product protections and other programs that help people that have been painfully fought for. There is much more to do, and we must not elect a president who will destroy any good that is left in this country.
Times change, and we are in changing times, and changing times bring about upheavals that are hard on the people. We must choose our leaders wisely, and that is something hard to do, because good honest people are hard to find, and they don't want to get involved with politics. There are too many powerful interests taking over, and it is impossible for a truly honest person to become president. What a pity that greed and power has taken over almost everything. It's easy to become cynical.