62%, Barack Obama, Bob Barr, Democrats, domestic policy, Foreign Policy, Founding Fathers, Franklin, Hillary Clinton, Jefferson, John Edwards, John McCain, Libertarians, Madison, Republicans, Ron Paul, ted kennedy, the revolution, washington, zogby poll
As Ron Paul says in the introduction to his book, The Revolution: A Manifesto, “This much is true: you have been lied to”… and we have. We were told that the Republicans were for smaller government. Truth is, the largest increase in the size and scope of the Federal Government was under this Republican administration. We were told Democrats are for a sensible foreign policy; the anti-war party. The truth is that most of the Democrats who claim they are against the war in Iraq actually voted for it. And nothing ever changes.
We are promised “Change”, that Washington, now broken, will undertake a new beginning where Republicans and Democrats alike will work together in perfect harmony. For all the sniping and backbiting, the name calling and the mud slinging, the Republicans and Democrats are really the same party. The Republicrats.
Sure they have different ideas about how to get there. But in the end, both parties are responsible for the way things are today. Congress has a 9% approval rating and most people feel the country is headed in the wrong direction. Most differ as to which direction that is, but they know the one in which we’re heading isn’t the one we should be. But don’t worry, the candidates ask you to take the hand of one of the architects of the policies that put us in this mess… and nothing will ever change.
If you believe that Barack Obama has your best interest at heart and that he is going to bring sweeping reform to Washington ask him why he hasn’t done it as an influential member of the Senate since his election in 2004. What meaningful change has he brought us thus far? He represents the ideals, the same ideals as Hillary Clinton, John Edwards, and Ted Kennedy, that some would say have put us in this mess in the first place.
If you believe that John McCain has your best interest at heart and that he will really cut unnecessary spending in Washington ask him why spending in Washington hasn’t gone down. He’s had 26 years to do so. Sure the growth of spending has gone down here and there, but that’s like saying I’m going to stop smoking… more than a pack a day. He represents the same policies of George W. Bush on foreign affairs and who knows what he really believes about immigration or the First Amendment (McCain-Feingold). He has been part of the problem much more than he’s been part of the solution.
The truth is most people don’t like either of these choices. A recent Zogby poll discovered that 62.4% of likely voters want to see better choices. That’s a pretty big percentage of the population who don’t like our options.
The media and political establishments alike want you to believe that you have only one choice between two candidates, only two parties. You have seen the anger from both sides when a politician that doesn’t come from the political “mainstream” encroaches on the established order of things. The vitriol with which Ralph Nader was subjected to after Al Gore lost the 2000 election from the left was cruel. The disrespect shown to Ron Paul during the Republican Primary Debates was unfair, casting him as an old kook who was from another planet all because he agrees with guys named Washington, Jefferson, Madison, and Franklin on how we should conduct foreign and domestic policy. The two parties are the same and they don’t want anything or anyone standing in their way.
The truth is if you want more choices they are out there. They will tell you that you have to vote for the “lesser of two evils”. Truth is, that’s a false choice. If enough of you really want “change” it’s there to be had. If you really want “change” you aren’t going to find it in the two major candidates or the two major parties (unless you vote for Ron Paul). If you are one of the 62% of Americans who want more choices, don’t be belittled into thinking you don’t have options, find one and then vote for them. If you don’t know where to look, here’s a head start