I am thoroughly sick of the political process. I’ve been eighteen for six months, and already I’ve been disillusioned. If you have to ask why, well… just watch/read/hear anything about the upcoming presidential election. Here’s a list of some of the things that tick me off:
1. Media Coverage
The media has turned the Democratic half of this election into Hillary vs. Obama, the boxing match of the century. Basically, it’s come down to this—every single time I watch any coverage of the election:
“Aaaaaaaaand in this corner, weighing in at one hundred and sixty-six pounds, the perspicacious, pontificating pugilist, the man with a plan and an exit strategy to boot, with a name as explosive as an IED—Barack ‘The Rock’ Obammmaaaaaaaaa! And in this corner, weighing in at one hundred and forty-one pounds, the martyred maven of Medicare, the quarrelling quaestor of Queens, the woman no man can defeat—Hillary ‘Bill’s Buffalo’ Clinnnntttoooonnnn!”
Frankly, I’m sick of it. All we hear is who’s ahead between these two, and candidates like Joe Biden or Dennis Kucinich—with completely valid (and in some cases better) political stances—are pushed to the sidelines. It’s a catch-22—they can’t garner more votes because the media ignores them, but they can’t get they media to pay attention to them because they can’t get any more votes.
2. People Who Pick Candidates for No Reason
“Why do like Obama?” “Oh, because he’s so… fresh. He’s Obama!” “Why do you hate Clinton?” “Because she’s Hillary Clinton!”
You might know these people. Please don’t be these people.
3. Vituperative Vilifying
Let me start this with a preface (usually not a good sign, but what the hell).
I do not support Hillary Clinton for president.
At least, not yet. I haven’t decided. But I definitely don’t say what I’m about to say because I think she’s God’s next presidential choice. I’m just using it as an example.
Anyway. People call Clinton a socialist, mostly because of her plan for healthcare. Well, by that logic, lets take a look at some of the other institutions we’ve “socialized.” These are things your taxes pay for:
1. Postal service
4. Fire Departments
Why are we so reluctant to do the same to healthcare, and why are some of us crucifying Clinton for it?
4. Fred Thompson
Actually, actor-politicians in general.
5. The Fact That Campaigning Begins Years Before the Actual Election
Don’t these guys have to, you know, govern? Or is our government in such great shape that they can spend the majority of their time not fixing it?
All together, now—bestial yell. YAAAAARRRRGGGGHHHH!