We should all be watching the presitential debates. Whether we are democrat, republican, independent or unregistered, some things that are all too evident to each and every one of us are that over the last 20 years the economy is hurting, unemployment is out of control, things are not fair, washington can’t work together, people are suffering, 46 million are now living in poverty, the housing market has crashed, our schools and infastructure are deteriorating and our country is falling apart. The Northeast, Texas, Joplin and other areas have been hit by disasters and the family’s, farms and small businesses there have taken a hard hit with mass losses of crops, jobs and thousands of homes destroyed.
There are many bricks in the foundation of America. Our people, freedom, education, liberty, civil rights, infastructure, employment and the abilty to continually improve our great nation are a few that come to mind. Without a strong foundation this country will continue to fall apart.
During the last 3 presidential debates we have seen the audience cheer at executions, cheer about letting a 30 year old person die beacuse he can’t afford health care and BOO directly in the face of a soldier serving in Iraq because he is gay, even though he has his life on the line to protect us and our Freedom! And that is one thing that no matter how bad things are that we can never loose.
Not one candidate on the stage had the decency or the care for their fellow countrymen to say to the audience as a leader, do not cheer at anothers misfortune, help thy neighbor and never Boo in the face of an American soldier who is fighting to protect our freedom. It’s not very presidential in a presidential debate. It showed a serious lack of leadership along with the disregard of human life and civil rights.
While all this is going on, while the candidates spout off with incorrect facts and punch Barack Obama and themselves in the faces… Barack Obama has created 2.9 million jobs, saving our great auto industry and infastructure with the stimulous. He is introducing jobs plans, job training programs, incentives for companies to hire, offering companies benefits for hiring veterans, offering health care options, killing Osama Bin Laden, fixing immigration, bettering our educational system, bringing troops out of Iraq, repealing bad laws that do not favor our civil rights and introducing good spending cuts, tax and entitlement reform to close our deficit and save our entitlements that we earned.
My father was a Viet Nam veteran well educated and belonged to a great Republican party that he loved and a party that had ideals, and stood for something. He passed away 14 years ago but I know he would tell me today that the party is not the same one he belonged to. They have lost touch with their values, lost the ability to compromise and most importantly lost touch with the American people. You know, those of us that gave them their JOB in the first place. The presidential candidates are giving us non fact talking points and offering plans to help corporations over people by giving Walmart & Exxon tax breaks while regular American people especially our middle class are hurting. They are talking about limiting government spending while building a fence on the boarder with tax payer money and then spending again to have it manned. In the mean time we can’t even drive on many of the roads in this country. They talk about limiting government in our lives and proteting civil rights but want to put DADT back on the books, try to overturn Roe V Wade and vaccinate little girls. That does not sound like limiting government unless they are speaking about limiting the parts of government that actualy help people. They are talking about re-instituting laws that take away or civil rights all while their fellow party members in Washington are holding disaster relief aide hostage for families in need. If the candidates are right that these corporations are job creators then why for the last ten years while they enjoy these tax breaks have they not created any jobs? Barack Obama has saved or help create as many jobs in 3 years in a bad economy then George Bush did in an entire 8 years with his tax breaks for his rich friends.
Its clear to me who won the presidential debates and it was the candidate who was not even on stage! Barack Obama won the debates. He is not doing press confrences and sitting around. He is out on the road talking to the poeple to see what OUR needs are, introducing bipartisan and balanced plans to dig us out of a 20 year hole that others before him helped create. It’s not too hard to figure out why a majority of the American people agree with him either. His plans are plans for the people, plans to make a better nation for all of us, and plans that do not favor corporations over people and protect our civil rights. Its clear to see what candidate cares about our futures, has compassion for the people and will institute policies for a better world. Until another candidate can show me that they care, can lead, have respect for us and our troops and actually has a plan that favors PEOPLE, civil rights, freedom, education, infastructure and JOBS over coddling the super rich and corporations who are laying people off while they hide their money oversees, then its clear to me who I am going to vote for. The candidate who actually won the debates.
You don’t need to know my party, (it would ruin the point I am trying to make in this article). What I will tell you is that I am 34, self employed and I am a fellow countryman who will be left to deal with the effects of this current political mess in the future. What’s worse is my income depends on the housing market and banks.
We are all struggling through the same recession. It is crucial to make good choices. So why can’t our politicians (who seem to be in a political war with each other right now) agree to disagree politely, and make decisions that serve the best interests of the greater good, without making digs or disparaging their fellow politicians in the process?
Here we are over a year away from election and politicians are already making low and unnecessary blows at one another, about things that don’t even have anything to do with the issues we Americans face today. Not only that, (and this is directed at far too many politicians today) We don’t care what you think of your colleagues, we just want to know you can all work together and be diplomatic to get things done. Answer our questions. We want to know what issues you went against your party on, to protect the general public. We want to know your ideas, we want to know that you can form opinions of your own, what is true to your heart, that you actually care and that you can think of America as a whole. Listen to each other, if a good idea gets put on the table, who cares what party it came from? If its a good idea for the people, embrace it!
Don’t get me wrong, debate is good and healthy in fact, but its not the time to debate now, it’s time to unite! The future of our great nation depends on it.
Its time to focus on the things we ALL agree on, whether we are conservative or liberal. We all come from a lot of different places, lead different lifestyles and make different choices. At the end of the day though, we all want the same things.
Sometimes you have to make a few compromises and choose hamburger for dinner tonight instead of the porter house steak that you really wanted? Or, close a loophole here and there.
Much like politicians, I negotiate on behalf of other people everyday. I can tell you from years of experience if BOTH sides don’t bend a little, the deal is dead in the water. There is an art to negotiation and I think some politicians fail to remember that sometimes, the best deal for everyone, is when neither side is 100% happy in the end.
With all due respect, even a small child has the sense to know that if they have only one cookie, and their friend wants one too, that they should break it in half and share it. This is stuff we all learned in kindergarten.
There are Democrats and Republicans and a political spectrum with a left and a right, for a very good reason, and in my opinion, that reason is to have a center! A commonplace, a meeting ground. My point is, unless you implement the best ideas and values of both the left and the right, on the real issues, then the Country and its people will never be truly balanced.
The liberals and the conservatives need to find the center of this spectrum and have a meeting there! Put their party aside and remember just exactly who they are supposed to be working for. And that is us, the general public.
I am not a registered independent. I am registered, I do vote and I do belong to and believe in one side more than the other. But Whether I belong to the left or the right, let me ask you honestly, does that really even matter? When I see a politician go against their party on an issue that is important to the well being of the general public. I look at that politician whether a Democrat or a Republican, as someone to respect, as someone to listen to, as someone who like me, a registered (blank) can sometimes find the center.
The fact is, America is broke. So looking at our current situation with the best interests of ALL at stake and looking at this with an open mind and without the party I belong to being a factor. Barack’s Jobs Act is balanced, it makes sense (if you are thinking of America as a whole) Think of it this way. If you are flying a plane that has a right wing bigger then the left its going to eventually come crashing down.