Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Simply out of hand

Joe the Plumber: "a vote for Barack Obama is a vote for the death to Israel." Seriously? Do strategists think this kind of stuff will really work? This has got to come to an end. Regular celebrity endorsements are nearly worthless, instant celebrity endorsements can't be worth anything at all.

I'm not going to jump on poor Old Joe. But I'm not going to get up and defend him either. He's just like most of us - if we get a chance at a little fame, we're going to take it - because in our society fame usually comes with a little bit of cash. And we can all do with a little bit of cash in this economy, right? But I do, finally have to speak up again, on politics here in the US.

Enough is enough! I'm sick and tired of the bickering, the lies and deception from Republicans and Democrats, Liberals and Conservatives and everyone in between. The amount of money spent on this is outrageous and this is not the type of race that I hoped for when I saw McCain & Obama hug on the Senate floor, Feb 12, while the primaries were still in doubt. I hoped that they'd run a race that both would be proud of. But that's not what we've gotten. And now, love'm or hate'm, regular "Joe's" have been dragged into this thing and become instant celebrities.

One has to wonder what kind of return on investment that people get when you donate to a particular campaign. When it gets right down to it, is the presidency worth over a billion dollars? And to whom? Because that's what was spent through Aug 31 to get the top 4 remaining candidates onto their party's ticket. Yikes. Not exactly enough to keep Lehman Brothers afloat, but certainly enough to do some good in this country for those about to lose their homes, lose their heat or electricity, or lose something else.

I don't get a vote, and I'd like to think I'm not exactly partisan. But I believe enough has come out that if I did have the opportunity to vote, I'm pretty sure who I'd vote for. It would probably be the candidate who I most believed could change the situation. And that's not the candidate I originally thought it would be...


The Rice's said...

My vote is for John McCain because I believe that he has the country's best interest at heart. Obama is just the popular choice.

thehbs said...

Great post, Don. I've been done with this election for a few weeks now, and I can't wait for the commercials to go away. I find that I've come to a similar conclusion as you. Let's hope for positive change, eh?

The Carlson Chronicles said...

Kinda glad you can't vote :)

Don said...

Jenn - it looks as though Obama was indeed the popular choice.

Troy & Jess - I'm PRAYING for positive change, and not simply the "hope" of change.

Kate - I'm actually a little offended by that comment. I only hope it was just a joke because you see us as having different political leanings.