CHICAGO, November 5, 2012 — Tuesday will be the longest day. It will be a nationwide beauty contest to determine who is going to get the ship of state off the rocks, out of the ditch, or pull it back from the cliff.
President Obama and Mitt Romney are heading into the swimsuit competition. National elections are all about eye candy. People stopped voting with their brains and self-interest long ago.
Remember, you can blame the politicians all you want. If anyone is to blame for the sordid state at all levels of government it is you, the individual citizen: citizens who vote for party candidates; people who all think alike, so they do not have to think; people who vote for incumbents just because; people who do not vote; people who vote to make history; people who vote solely on litmus test or wedge issues.
Citizens who refuse to think for and about their self interest are all to blame for the state this country is in.
Most of you will vote for incumbents, the same circus clowns, carnival barkers and mamalukes who are politely called “career politicians.” These are people who have no skills, no talent, and cannot do anything else, even menial labor. You deserve the government you get.
Incumbents do not deserve to get reelected. Government service is a privilege. It is not a right or a job for life. People in elected office must earn reelection. There is only one acid test: What have they done for you? If you are not better off than you were the last election cycle, then why reelect them?
All those litmus test or wedge issues are meant to divide people. Abortion, race, sexual orientation, social welfare versus jobs, war and peace, foreign affairs, and a host of others are irrelevant. Look around you. Look at your checkbook. Tally up the rising cost of staples. List all the various taxes you pay every month. What are your job or career prospects? Can you afford to send the kids to college without all those loan scams the government created? Can you afford to retire when you want to?
There is only one litmus test for this election. There is only one issue: the economy. It is the imperative of our time. All the other issues are irrelevant if America does not get the private sector economy back on track. It is the economy that fills your pocket with change. It is the economy that that creates hope. It is the economy, nothing more nothing less.
This election is all about you. Not your neighbor, your neighbor’s children, the children, your union, religious sect, or whatever organization you belong to. Look in the mirror. You are the only one who matters. If you can’t help yourself you are useless to anyone else.
It is not about the candidates’ cults of personality, movements, ideology, or who is a nice guy to have a beer with. This election is about money. Your money, or lack thereof. Vote only for candidates who you believe will put more money in your pockets through private sector prosperity, which creates jobs. This election is about paychecks, salaries, and if you are in business, profits.
So, Tuesday, VOTE. Make your choice with your critical thinking skills. Forget the useless political parties. Forget popularity. Forget history. Vote like your own life depends on it. It does.
On Wednesday, the American people better start having a serious discussion about disbanding those two divisive and useless political parties. They are destroying and ruining the nation with their lockstep fascist ideologies. They are causing more harm than good. Politicians do not serve the people. They serve their parties. We saw what happened in the past with the Nazis and Soviets. The people suffered while the parties prospered. It is time to change that equation.
Make no mistake. There is only one party. The Demopublicans or the Republicrats, call them what you want. They are both the same. There are no conservatives, progressives, or liberals. It is time to eliminate identity politics altogether. There are only haves and have-nots. Those who have power and those who do not have power. People? What care they for the people?
Start thinking for yourself. Start thinking about yourself. After you, everyone else should come first.
On Tuesday, vote. Vote for yourself, not some pretty faced glib tongued rogue, scalawag, or rapscallion. Vote for the best people to serve you, not political hacks who serve their party. Vote for your future and the future of your own family.
One other thing. Both those no-account political parties raised close to two billion dollars during this election cycle. They still have hundreds of millions. One would think together they would seek a waiver from the Federal Election Commission allowing them to contribute a few million dollars to help the people whose lives were shattered because of Hurricane Sandy. One would think wrong.
Peter V. Bella is a retired Chicago Police Officer, freelance journalist and photojournalist, cook, and raconteur. He likes to be the irreverent sharp stick that pokes, prods, and annoys. His opinions are his and his alone. Mr. Bella is a member of the National Press Photographers Association, Online News Association, Chicago Headline Club, and the Society for Professional Journalists.
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