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Thursday, August 13, 2015

Summer Theater



I'm referring, of course, to the current state of the United State's political process. As an American it's tough to admit that is my circus and those are my monkeys.

The show's much better than the early billing would have us believe. It was supposed to a Bush/Clinton sequel. Right now all the buzz on the Republican side is The Donald Show. Playing to sell out crowds on the Democratic side is The Bernie Show.

The critics (main stream media) acknowledges these candidates but are very quick to say their efforts are doomed . . . any minute now. . . Yep, this is the end. . . nope, the end is right around the corner . . . Love them or hate them, they aren't following the MSM script.

The show is captivating, especially from the front row seats here in first primary state New Hampshire. However, there's a horrible feeling in my gut and a cold shiver down my spine. Maybe this is really theater after all.

Jimmy Carter claims this no longer a functional democracy. He should know. Maybe he's at a point in his long life where he just doesn't care anymore and is not afraid of speaking the truth. I remember way back in 1976 when Jimmy was running for president. I was a high school senior and a newly registered voter. This Jimmy Carter guy came to speak in our school gym.

That's when I first got my exposure to image over substance. 1976 was the US Bicentennial year. Our school gym had a huge US flag on the back wall. Mr. Carter stood at a podium with that enormous flag in the background. That's the image that got on the news that night, Jimmy and the flag. What didn't make the news was how he fumbled around unable to properly answer questions from high school students. The press could have destroyed him then, but instead they pushed an image.

Do you ever get the feeling that it doesn't really matter who gets elected? That it really is all a show? I hope that's not the case, but it's getting harder to keep believing. So many promises, so little real change.

-Sixbears

12 comments:

  1. I'm watching The Donald from afar... I'm glad he's there and not here,,,

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    1. This election, like many disasters, is best viewed from a safe distance.

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  2. When our nation was strong it would be able to handle a few years of bad leaders. Now, not so much - I still think if It's not changed in this election, we will cease to exist and become another third world country. At least Trump has been making some of the sheep see the big, bad wolf as what it really is and not as the guard dog.

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    1. I am encouraged by the fact the country has endured a lot of bad stuff in the past -however, not without great cost.

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    1. Interesting times . . . Keep your popcorn handy.

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  4. Amen to Chickenmom and Wade. Hubby says it's not worth voting anymore because the electoral college votes in whoever they want, not what the voters tell them to. Why do we even still have the electoral college system? Wasn't that part of the "people are so far spread we can hear from them" mentality? No so true anymore ... There is no Constitutional provision or Federal law that requires Electors to vote according to the results of the popular vote in their States.

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    1. My main reason for voting is to decide the local bozos who have direct influence on my day to day life. Even simple things like who decides zoning changes can really mess things up.

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  5. I grew up in a split home with my Mom and Dad. One was a Republican and the other was Democrat. That proves that both parties can, if they try, get along together (grin).

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    1. I guess that makes you a third party miracle. :)

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  6. That's why I am voting Trump. Whatever his flaws, at least he is a human being and not a political class android.

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    1. I'll grant you that he's not a politician.

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