8 days into 2008 and the presidential election is in the break room.
I'd like to take this opportunity early in this hell year to make a request of the readers of this blog.
Be intelligent and not apathetic.
This actually goes a long way. The terms 'democrat', 'republican', 'conservative' and 'liberal' have all pretty much lost their original definition.
The bi-partisan government wants you to be polarized, pick a side, and then see if they can get a 50/50 vote that will require their unbiased hand to help decide.
The issues that will be argued and debated are all things that will not be dealt with. They are simply hot button terms designed to make you pick "one side" or "the other side"... Black or white... there is no middle ground.
Well, the government would like you to believe there is no middle ground.
Last hell-year, I watched as intelligent friends fell right into the morass and backed their candidate based on how well they linked up with their list of pointless issues. I watched as they bickered these points. I saw people in social circles actually come to blows.
This year... think about what's important to you. What are the problems you see on your street, in your town, state, etc. Because I can guarantee you; stem cell research, gay marriage, social security privatization, removing evolution from the school books... will not occur in the next 4 years.
People say that their vote doesn't count. That government doesn't accomplish anything.
Both are unfortunately, untrue. Unfortunate, because we let the government polarize us into a 50/50 split. If just one state did something unexpected the election would change. Visibly.
And before you tell me that government can't accomplish something in a timely manner... get me started on how the Washington state legislature made online gambling a felony in 45 days from law proposal to passage.
I stand by the phrase with which they promoted the move "V for Vendetta"
"People should not be afraid of their government. Government should be afraid of their people."
I am not a Democrat. I am not a Republican.
I am an individual.