So the national Democrats sent me a letter asking for money. I scribbled out a reply and stuffed it in the postage paid envelope. I wrote, "When Obama and Congressional Democrats stop wasting tax money bombing people in the Middle East, I'll think about it. Until then, save postage and don't ask."
I mean if I wanted to bomb people in the Middle East, I could just vote Republican. It would be nice to have the two major political parties offer more of a choice than bombing (Dems) and more bombing (Repubs).
The Economist this week has a great cover with Obama dressed up as George W. Bush in his Mission Accomplished fighter pilot outfit. That about says it all. At this point, even the biggest Obama supporter has to admit that he's little more than Bush Lite.
Bailouts for the rich. Check.
War in Afghanistan. Check.
Violation of civil liberties. Check.
War in Iraq. Check.
Deficit spending and debt growing. Check.
Wasteful addition to government health care instead of doing something rational like setting up national health care. Check.
I have to admit that Obama did keep his promise to close the torture facility at Guantanamo Bay.
Wait!? He didn't? Scratch that then. He did manage to get involved in Syria for the military-industrial complex, something that Bush wasn't able to pull off (at the height of the Iraq War giddiness in 2003, the Neocons wanted to roll into Syria, but then things fell apart), so that's something.
Something bad, but something.
I mean I could go on, but you get the idea. The differences between the two past presidents aren't as great as their supporters try to get me to believe they are. To me, it's the same crap.
Do I dare hope that people who want something different won't fall for the next major party stooge (no offense to Moe, Larry, Curly, or Shemp) such as Hillary Clinton or Jeb Bush?
My big decision in 2016 probably will be whether I vote Green or Libertarian. You can laugh that I'm throwing my vote away, but look at what you're actually voting for. If you do want something different out of the major party system, then you should get involved in the primaries and rev up a Rand Paul or Bernie Sanders.
Of course, before 2008, I might have thrown Barack Obama's name in such a suggestion, and we now know how that turned out.
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