Perhaps the most interesting fact of this election is that the voters of both McCain and Obama, despite which ever wins, will be equally disappointed in the Presidential performance of their choice. The whipped-up dreams and hopes of the electorate will eventually find that their chosen one is unable to fulfill the promises made during the campaigns. The politically charged mantras have been embedded into the minds of those shallow enough to believe the repetitious chants, no matter how empty. The indigestible bilge that comes from the mouths of the candidates and their various pundits should serve as a reminder that the American people are easily led down predictable paths and once again they will follow the pied piper's tune into yet another politically stagnant pond of vacant promises, status quo policies and centralized planning.
It should not surprise anyone when it comes to the herd mentality of elections; particularly this election since so much effort and money has been expended to feed the frenzy of political idolatry. Of course, Obama has been much more successful at whipping up the emotions of the masses than has McCain; the real test will come the emotionalism dies in the face of an increasingly difficult reality that growls in the bowels of this land. These candidates, as usual, play upon the fears, the dreams, the hopes and even the despair of their respective supporters; never really bringing to light or questioning the most important and fundamental issues facing this country or a future that most politicians seem ready to avoid.
Instead, their political promises play upon the base nature within man. The Gimme-Gimme script has always proven a success, especially during stressful times, but as the electorate will eventually realize, the abundance of promises are meaningless in the face of a growing fiscal reality in this country.
While McCain’s promises seem to be a bit more restrained than those of Obama, but neither man will be able to deliver. Obama however, is definitely taking a huge leap of faith in the promises he is making; so much so, that he will find that perhaps he leaped far too far in making such promissory obligations on his reputation as a President. Perhaps, he has simply bought into his own promises. Obama appears to be ready to follow in the footsteps of Bush; offering another round of stimulus checks to taxpayers to the tune of over $100 Billion immediately after taking office; of course, those who qualify for the checks are waiting with their hands stretched toward their great benefactor the federal government.
Along with Obama, McCain’s promises will find an equally difficult path to fulfillment. McCain’s feeble-minded pandering will, in the end, do little more than continue in the steps of the Bush Zombies toward a paranoid pit. Meanwhile, Obama’s saintly choir sings his praise in hopes of manna from heaven; I wonder when they might realize that it is but locusts on the wind.
Then of course, there is the promise of tax cuts for the middle class, laudable enough and it plays with a large portion of the public who has been indoctrinated that it will remedy anything or actually give the relief the middle class need. Too bad Obama doesn’t realize that under a fiat monetary system all taxation is unnecessary, according to the Federal Reserve, besides the government will always spend far, far more than they ever raise in taxes.
Now even though McCain/Palin are crying redistribution of wealth, they really miss the point. It is not a necessarily the redistribution of wealth from one class of people to another, but, as it has always been, from the citizens of this country into the vast and budging bureaucracy of the government. While McCain promises no such tax redistribution, the fact is that his Presidency would essentially be no different than that of Obama by pulling as much money as possible from the people pockets into the government purse.
I expect those of the electorate, who are smart enough, already realize that Obama cannot meet his promises any more than McCain can keep his. Oh, either one of them will seek to reform the current tax code, nothing new about Presidents doing that, in one way or another, but it appears that both candidates are setting the bar very high this year considering the problems this government has created for itself and for the country.
Both can pull more stimulus checks out of the government’s bag of tricks, impressing people with the idea that the government really desires to “help” the people in a time of trouble that the government itself assisted in creating. Both will make their superficial attempts at that worn-out and thread-bare word: CHANGE, but in a couple of years, no matter which wins, the people of this country will look back and wonder what really changed. They will find that the only thing that changed was the body that kept the Presidents chair warm for four more long years.
The hope and expectations of the people have almost been whipped into a frenzy this election year, of course, each election year we are “told” that this is the most important election in the history of our country and that it could change everything. The truth is that the only thing that will change is a different warm body in the Oval Office; the government will not change, it will not be transformed into a functioning institution set enforce the laws that are intended to govern its actions. Either way, the new President will find that the expectations he gave the people of this country will be impossible to maintain.
The actors are different, the play is the same and the people are encouraged to believe that something different is actually taking place, but as long as the people are entertained they will continue their applause. They can change the actors, dress them in the seemingly divergent costumes, but behind the scenes bureaucratic stagehands are still the ones pushing the backdrops around. It appears that we have very short memories as a people, we are given false choices and believe them real; thus as the election cycles come and go and the game is played to perfection.
How common it has become for this country to accept the dregs of political pottage; their plates will be filled on election day, their bellies full and yet, as we shall see, their satisfaction temporary.Tweet
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