So despite the clearly more liberal tone of my last two posts, I’ll now explain my issues with the current political system and why I make it a point to say I am an independent instead of Democrat or Republican. My first issue isn’t just in regards to the parties, its in regards to the majority of Americans who put more emphasis on party affiliation then they do the issues. What I mean is that in my experience people isolate a handful of issues that they understand or have a strong opinion on, pick the party that best correlates with those handful of ideas (often irrelevant to the managment of a nation), and then they shape the rest of their thoughts and opinions to be in accordance with that political party (and memebers of both are equally guilty). They don’t take the time to be educated on issues, on the specific details of policies, or consider the repercussions of said policies. Instead they assume that since the party matches up to those few genuine opinions and ideas that the individual DOES have, that every stance the party takes is also in their best interest. If you are 100% against abortion, thats fine! I understand there is no RIGHT answer on this matter and is strictly opinion on both sides, but PLEASE do not use that as your reason to back the Republican Economic Plan in my previous post. The same to Liberals, I understand your support of Gay-Marriage, but don’t let that lead you to elect someone who would run the country into the ground (hypothetically speaking, not referring to Obama). The issues of most importance this election
will should be the economy and foreign policy. So I am asking all people of both parties who read this to do research on these issues, now just your parties or candidates position on them, but on all of the different theories, ideas, and suggestions. Form your own opinion, and then vote for the one who fits best with them. If you can’t or don’t take the time to do that, then do us a favor and DON’T VOTE. We would all (yourself included) be much better off if you didn’t.
On another note, the other day I read an article about how the Republican party is considering what demographics to start to start targeting since their main demographic is aging and dying off. First off I’m not targeting Conservatives, both parties do this, but the article specifically adresses Conservatives. I just find it interesting that political parties are acting as companies selling a product in which they have to customize their sales pitch to different demographics. Shouldn’t politics just be about what is best for the Nation as a whole in which case such strategizing shouldn’t be necessary? The priority for both parties is having control, not the well being of the general public. You think the Republican candidates are really as ignorant as they make themselves out to be? I bet not. They aren’t concerned with democrats or independents (Yet). They are only concerned with gaining the majority of Republican support that comprises less than 1/4th of the total population, explaining why they sound so friggen stupid to the other 75% of us. Once it comes to the presidential election I can guarentee whoever the nominee is will take a much more moderate tone on the issues. Also the amount of hostility between parties on both a congressional and civilian level is RIDICULOUS. People respond to the questioning of their parties ideas the same way if not worse than they would the questioning of their religion and that should definately not be the case. So the bottom line is with people putting party affiliation above developing their own thoughts, and Parties catering specifically to whatever demographic concoction gives them an upper hand in what has essentially become a political pissing contest, its no wonder congress and the president can’t get sh*t done!