Will the President Make a Difference in Your Life?

For the next few days I am playing catch up here on the Daily Hottentots.  Work—and life in general—has made it extremely difficult to sit down and write lately.  But I will be all caught up by Thursday or Friday…I hope.

English: Seal of the President of the United S...

(Photo credit: Wikipedia)

As you can assume by the headline, today’s post is all about politics.  I know that some of you are out there groaning and rolling your eyes because you expect more from me, but I promise you that this will be one of the rare times I feel the need to rattle my virtual gums about politics on here.

This election year finally wraps up two weeks from today.  All the attack ads from the major parties will end.  All the pandering and baby-kissing will be no more.

What will people do with themselves then?  They will do what they always do—automatically start complaining about the winner and will continue complaining for the next four years.

For some reason people think that these elections actually mean something.  They think that if they can get their man in office then their life will be better somehow.  But does the election, or the president, have any real impact on you personally?  Will whomever gets into office make a real difference in your life?  Probably not.

I can almost guarantee you that once the election is over in November, and once the oath of office is taken in January, it will be business as usual in Washington.  And that business does not involve your best interests, but somehow they will convince you that it does.

The president and state representatives do not make your life better.  Indeed, they make it worse, especially if you are in the military or the family of a service member.  The thing our government does best is go to war in the name of “national security” and “national interest.”  We pick an enemy and then we go into their countries, bomb civilians (the “collateral damage”), and then come home screeching, “Mission accomplished!”

Remember how Barack Obama said that he was going to disarm nukes and end wars?  You should have known that was BS.   We still have nukes and we still have wars.  We have gone into Pakistan and dropped bombs there, causing more of that “collateral damage,” and have flown into Libya to drop bombs as a way of helping people being tortured by a dictator (yeah, dropping bombs indiscriminately is a huge help).  Now the press is preparing us for possible military action with Syria and Iran.

We have to go into Iran, see, because they are not allowed to make nuclear weapons.  Only the US and Britain and Israel are allowed to have those, see.  And if a little hole-in-the-wall like Iran has nukes, then we have to fight them in the name of “national security.”

Meanwhile, while we are off playing war with other countries, the citizens of the United States get screwed.  Poor children (about one in five children) go to bed hungry every night in this country.  The media and the government try to lie about that or sweep it under the rug hoping no one will notice, but the fact is, we have hungry families who receive very little help.  This should not be happening in a country like the United States.

Do you still think the President of the United States will make a difference in your life?

Ladies and gentlemen, the government is a huge joke.  This country should be run by the people and for the people.  We should have communities all over the US deciding the best course of action to take on anything…not some government fat cat who doesn’t know your name, but sure wants your vote.  It is extremely insulting that wealthy men and women think that it is in everyone’s best interest when they make all your decisions for you.

Unfortunately, I know that my vision of a classless, stateless America is a pipe dream.  And we would probably screw things up like Russia did after the Bolshevik Revolution if we got the chance to really change things.  For some reason we refuse to learn from history.

But I still hold out the hope that people everywhere will soon realize that voting does not do them a bit of good as long as we are given a choice between Fascism and Fascism Lite as we have with Mittens and Barack Obama in this election.


How to Be Smart in a Country of Dumb Voters

English: Ballot Box showing preferential voting

English: Ballot Box showing preferential voting (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Don’t you just hate an election year?  There is honestly nothing more revolting than to watch a bunch of super rich men and women vomit campaign promises and feign empathy for the working class and poor.

And even more revolting are the people who go out and vote for these jerks and put them in office.  These super loyal supporters just love the speech that a candidate made, so they think it’s possible for them to change the world if we  give them a chance.  Or, even worse, they vote for the candidate who has the best hair or some other appealing physical attribute.  Even worse than that is the voter who doesn’t care what a candidate’s position is on anything, they only care about party affiliation.

My fellow Americans, let’s just admit that we live in a country full of dumb voters and scheming politicians who are chomping at the bit to take advantage of them and scam their way into office.   This is how it’s been for centuries, and I don’t see it changing anytime soon unless we stop being so complacent and do something about it.  And today I am going to share with you a few small ways you can be smart in a country full of dumb voters.

Do Your Research on the Candidates

Research is probably the most obvious thing a person should do when deciding who they will vote for in an election, but it isn’t something voters do that often.  When you do your research, consider the following short list of things to look for.

  • Get on the internet and get digging on any information you can about a candidate’s past voting record and how they handled situations in past elected positions.  This will tell you a lot about his or her position on issues.
  • Search for past interviews or debates on video or in print that might give you an insight on where they stand, and see if they have flip-flopped on previously held beliefs.
  • Get to know their story—who they are, where they come from.  Are they anything like you?  Can you identify with them?

Just doing those three things will help you become more informed about who is running for office.  And don’t just do that for one candidate, do it for everyone who is running.  You might be surprised who you end up supporting.

Ignore the Media and Attack Ads

This is somewhat related to the previous point about researching candidates.  And if you have any amount of sense, you know that the media is going to try to persuade you to vote for whomever their corporate overlords have anointed the Chosen One.  Just ignore it.

Furthermore, you should avoid listening to the campaign ads that run in between soap operas and prime time television shows.  They don’t give you any useful information about the people the ad is attacking or the candidate it is supposedly supporting.

Refuse to Vote

Most of you know the old saying, “If  you don’t vote, you can’t complain…”  That, my friends, is a load of crap.  If you have done your research on all the candidates and can’t find one you are that thrilled with, why should you bother going to the polls on election day?

Citizens United

Citizens United made it possible for the super rich to buy elections.  Be afraid.  Be very afraid. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Consider, also, the recent Supreme Court decision on Citizens United.  Corporations have literally been given the right to buy elections.  The little guy’s voice has been silenced.  Your vote couldn’t possibly matter now (if it ever did before.)

You should spend your time protesting unjust court decisions like Citizens United and anything else that dares to control the people.  You should not sit back and take it, and sometimes a mere vote is not going to work to get your point across.

Do you really think that the people of Wisconsin voted to keep Scott Walker in after they fought so hard to get a recall?  Of course not.  He won that election because of the decision handed down in the Citizens United case.

Ladies and gentlemen, it is our fault that our country has become so divided and has so many corrupt politicians taking us for a ride.   We only protest when something goes wrong instead of fighting to make sure bad things don’t happen.  Are you willing to take the first step in cleaning up the mess we made?

What are you doing to help improve the quality of our government and our overall quality of life in the United States?

Let me know what you think about this topic by leaving a comment below.  And if you would like to receive updates about new posts on the Daily Hottentots, please subscribe via e-mail or RSS today!  Never miss a post!

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