A Bad Joke

That’s what our politicians are; a big, fat, stinking, joke. Here we are on the eve of a huge financial crisis, fighting several wars, and who do have to choose from to lead us through the next four years? A community organizer, a hockey mom from Alaska, and two old crusty white haired dudes who watched the birthing of this whole mess years ago and did nothing to stop it. Wonderful.

What bothers me most though is the partisanship that permeates our political system, our news media, and even our own opinions. Despite the fact that the Republicans have owned the White House for 20 of the last 28 years, and the Democrats who have been promising “change” for decades, we are royally screwed right now. And yet we still take sides and point the finger at the other party. It almost seems to me that being a member of a party and being able blame somebody else when things go wrong is the more important than actually fixing things.

And it’s not going to get better. Our morality is crumbling, and you can see it in the rotten, petty, spiteful tone of these campaigns. You can see it in wall street types who would sell thier own mothers for quick profit. You can see it in the soccer mom who drives a car $30,000 more expensive than what she can afford because she has to look good for the neighbors. And you can see it in the politicians on both sides who sell out to whatever lobby puts the most cash in their pockets.

I’m not usually this pessimistic, but honestly I think this time around you could pretty much flip a coin for your vote and not be any worse off.

One thing I do know though, is that with the biggest financial crisis in our history being tied to two government sanctioned organizations… don’t even talk to me about the government running our health care. The Libertarian Party looks a tad more inviting today.