Most of all, I am tired of watching folks run down the United States of America and this state to get elected or to help a pet candidate get elected. We are a nation that has to have paid professionals manufacture fear in the political campaigns. And, make no mistake, the cancer on American politics are those leeches of life, the campaign professionals who make big money making us afraid of one another and hate one another. Further, they make candidates and elected officials lazy shells of leaders who spew out talking points and glad hand at fundraisers without ever actually doing the homework to know what they are talking about it. The leaders can go to some think tank or consulting group funded by some nut who fell into a lot of money and not worry about having to work and really learn.
If I sound angry or insulted, I am. I am angry and insulted because America deserves better political discourse than this. Paid brats whispering in the ears of leaders is not what built America. America was built by blood, work and people eventually respecting one another's opinions on the issues of the day and the right of a free American to disagree and still be a worthy person.
Let's talk about what America is today. We are the innovators of technology in the world. Some can argue that there are too many technological gizmos in American life, but we are on the cutting edge of such things. Indeed all the folks who complain about paying this or that tax or not getting this or that from the government usually have every gizmo known to man to make their complaints on. While we as Americans probably spend too much time pontificating on things we really do not know about or people we do not know on the internet, other people in this world live in real fear, do not have food to eat, do not have clean water, do not have a place to go the bathroom. Their children have no schools to go to. And, in some places, if they have daughters, those daughters are forbidden to learn simple things like how to read. There are people who die because they can not get basic health care or who are killed for their faith. Not in America. And, we have most of the world's wealth, despite all the whining about China on the campaign trail.
Yet, we get worked up in such manufactured fear frenzies. Well paid folks create movies that scare people into thinking Obama is going to be some of sort of Islamic dictator if re-elected. Others go on about Romney making people die without healthcare. Its all balderdash. And, we as a people should be ashamed to get caught up in such nonsense.
We are Americans. We live in the most secure and wealthiest country on Earth. We should act like we are blessed, not cursed. Arguing our points about the legitimate issues is part of our fiber, but real Americans argue them honestly and with respect for one another as human beings and free Americans. Our political campaigns should not be as manufactured and fictitious as professional wrestling. America is better than that and better than this election. Your neighbor can disagree with you and be a good person. And, whomever is elected President does not affect your life nearly as much as the choices you make for yourself.
And, one choice you should make is to decide to be a free American and live in faith instead of fear no matter who takes the oath of office at the State House or the White House come January.