Just two more weeks

In two weeks the circus that always surrounds elections will be over. The endless attack ads on television will disappear, the sea of campaign signs that litter the landscape will fade from memory and the harsh, angry rhetoric of campaigns will be replaced by harsh, angry rhetoric of a government that stopped functioning long ago.

A bunch of new faces will occupy seats in Congress, swept into office by knee-jerk voters who made decisions in anger without careful consideration of the consequences.

After more than four decades of covering the political circus as a journalist and working inside the system as an operative, I can’t think of a single election with so much mass hysteria and so little common sense.

There’s little doubt the nation is in trouble but it is trouble that has been decades in the making and the blame for the crisis is not simply the fault of one party or the other or any single president. Democrats and Republicans are co-conspirators and the list of Presidents who contributed to this mess is not limited to any single party, philosophy or stereotype.

America’s ills are an American problem, created by Americans. It is not a Democratic or Republican issue, a conservative or liberal mess or the fault is just the right or the left.

And the problem won’t be fixed by simply removing one set of extremists from Congress and replacing them with extremists of another stripe.

Votes, like decisions, should never be made in anger. They should be be cast after careful, reasoned consideration. Emotion is a poor substitute for common sense.

In two weeks we will be asked to make our choices for who will guide over government.

Let’s make sure the decision we make is made for the right reasons.

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10 thoughts on “Just two more weeks”

  1. Unfortunately, the decision is being made with anger and emotion, not reasoning and logic. I have become so fed up with the thing that I refuse to listen to political ads, either made by the candidates, or by groups for or against them. I turn them off, or mute them (let’s hear it for remotes). I’m more tolerant of positive ads, but am absolutely against negative, somber ones, you know the type, and candidates who use them will be paying for them in a couple of weeks. Will they win? I can’t say, but they won’t get my vote, and I will be voting. What’s especially annoying is the fact that I live in a TV market that covers a large part of an adjacent state with an especially rough election, and I have to suffer through their campaign, as well.

  2. it’s the worst it’s been in a long time I remember the early 70’s it wasn’t this bad but, fact is we have always had better times when Republicans were in charge, I was raised a Democrat but Will never vote for them, even though I tend to vote for the best person not the party this time I’ll vote for party, (Republicans), Clinton started this mess when the NAFTA deal was signed and pushed through by him, it (NAFTA) has been responsible for getting rid of more jobs in this country then anything has, they have all gone over seas just like it was said at the time that is what would happen.Clinton said no way but it turned out to be so true.
    I can’t wait to vote!!!!!!!!!

    • Bush inherited a balanced budget and surplus and during his term he created a record deficit and got us into a costly and deadly elective war under phony premise. The economic collapse happened under his watch and there is no quick fix now, so to blame Democrats in power now for the state of our country doesn’t cut it. I agree that Clinton had a hand in furthering the free market policies that led to NAFTA, but those ideas began with Reagan. The deregulation of the banking industry was bipartisan so both parties are to blame on that score.

      • So far the Democrat answer to the problems that started under Bush is simply more of the same. War has continued and deficits have grown. You can’t blame someone for wanting to clean out Washington.

    • “…fact is we have always had better times when Republicans were in charge…” Measured how?

      – GDP – President Average Yearly GDP Increase
      Johnson 5.2%
      Kennedy 4.3%
      Clinton 3.7%
      Reagan 3.4%
      Carter 3.3%
      Eisenhower 3.0%
      Ford 2.6%
      G.W. Bush (through 2004) 2.3%
      G.H.W. Bush 2.1%
      Nixon 2.0%

      – Stock Market?
      DOW SINCE 1901
      Republican years No. of years Change
      Total 56 years 383.7%
      Avg. annual change 6.9%

      Democratic years No. of years Change
      Total 48 years 639.6%
      Avg. annual change 13.3%
      Source: Stock Trader’s Almanac 2005

      • To really get the facts you would have to compare these stats to who controlled congress during the same time.

        • “To summarize – among Presidents from 1929 to the present, Democrats produced faster economic growth than Republicans with quite a margin to spare. Additionally, both Democrats and Republicans in the Oval Office were more likely to produce faster economic growth the greater the percentage of years in their term that the Democrats controlled Congress.”
          http://www.presimetrics.com/blog/?p=34

  3. Rising energy prices are another big reason jobs are leaving. Bouchers cap and trade energy tax will really increase the number of jobs heading over seas.

  4. If common sense – not emotion – had been used during the last election, we wouldn’t be in the current predicament we’re in.

    • To quote Mark Twain, “Get your facts first, and then you can distort them as much as you please.” Colleen and Jacob have given you the FACTS. And here’s another one: Any belief that a Republican administration is a fiscally conservative administration is belied by the economic facts of the past 50 years.

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