Taking a break from my usual writing-related posts to discuss something that I’ve been thinking about a lot lately. I’ll return to more writer-friendly banter tomorrow, but for now…
In the midst of Occupy Fill-In-the-Blank-with-the-location-of-your-choice-here, Tea Party rhetoric, and general politicizing, one thing still stands out to me: Everything is still a Republican vs. Democrat issue. Herman Cain is better than Mitt Romney, but both are better than President Obama. The Republicans are out to destroy the Democrats. Progressives are subversives out to overthrow the government.
Stop. Just. Stop.
When will we learn that this is not a Republican vs. Democrat issue. None of it. The political affiliation has noting to do with any of this.
This is a Us vs. Them issue, and the “Thems” belong to both parties.
The US is US. The average American who expects their elected officials to do what we sent them to DC to do.
Take a look around, people. Are ANY of them doing that? Any?
Name one. Please. Think about it. I’ll wait.
Yeah, that’s what I thought.
The American people have been sold a pack of lies. Doesn’t matter what political wrapper it’s in. It’s all rotten underneath the pretty foil used to sell it to us. We’ve been had. Plain and simple.
And if you don’t think they aren’t sitting in their respective war rooms laughing their asses off at us, you’re deluded.
Wake up people. Stop letting them divide us. As a friend posted earlier on her blog, we cannot in good conscience leave the politics to the politicians.
Every day, millions of Americans sit down with their checkbook and pile of bills and figure out who gets paid and who gets to wait til next payday. We don’t have the benefit of printing more money or creating a new credit card from thin air. We have to make do with what we have. We make it work, because we don’t have a choice.
And yet, our government, who has no problem sticking their hand in my wallet every April, cannot manage this feat.
And spare me the well, the Democrats/well the Republican crap. That’s not even the issue.
Our elected officials have probably never had to live within reasonable means either in their entire lives or it was so long ago, they forget how. Face it, you can’t be broke and run for political office.
So, we have a bunch of people who have never had to balance a budget, trying to balance the biggest budget in the world. Yeah, makes perfect sense.
I say we ban all attorneys (who are notoriously bad with money!), and people who have amassed wealth from holding public office. I think only bookkeepers and people who have had to live within their means for the past 10 years or more should be sent to Washington. Why we thought a bunch of rich, privileged individuals could come together to represent us was a good idea, I do not understand. But obviously its not working.
So, I propose a third party. Call it the Real Party. The candidates are REAL people, with REAL issues and a REAL grasp on what life in America is really like.
Because this is no longer a Democrat vs. Republican issue. It’s a REAL one.