The one thing that stands out to me is how someone who traveled around the world, apologizing on behalf of the American people, could have done anything to stir respect or instill any type of feeling that we are worthy of respect or a show of strength. But, with that said, the main reason I'm writing this today rather than relating my blog to writing is to see how many of you agree with the fact that the two-party system is no longer serving the people.
Years ago, there was rhyme and reason to having the GOP and Democratic parties, but those days have past. The entire system divides our country rather than unites them in one goal...finding the best person for the job. Having two parties draws a line in the sand and makes people decide on which side they will stand. There are diehard folks on both sides who feel it is their responsibility to vote party lines no matter what. We should dissolve that line, all stand united, and vie to find that perfect candidate.
Oh, of course we have Independent Candidates and Green Party Candidates, but you hear very little about those people and they have no chance of getting the votes. The amount of money spent by both major candidates during their campaigns could have resolved a large part of our national debt or fed and housed some of our homeless. And it's time the popular vote spoke instead of the Electoral College. There is no way any states should bear more importance than another when electing someone in such an critical role. I don't know about you, but I felt like my vote was a waste of time since I didn't live in a "swing" state. Sad, that by the time our west coast has voted, the outcome is already known. The media is biased and doesn't report anything that might cast a negative light on the incumbent. Even our independent news channels are divided by that invisible line..CNN favors one party while FOX favors another.
Wouldn't you rather not have to declare a party affiliation and vote your conscience? I know I do, and although I didn't vote for our current president, I still wish him luck in meeting any of his goals. I hope he can find the bi-partisan cooperation he seeks, but I just don't see it happening. The two party system creates a competition that makes each side want to declare they won. More than anything, I don't understand the sense of entitlement people have in thinking that someone fortunate enough to have made a success of themselves in life have a responsibility to the middle class. I don't feel that a friend who went to college, earned her degree, worked hard to build a business and makes a comfortable living owes me part of her earnings. Where's the logic? Color me dumb.
My last bone of contention is term limits. If our Presidents can only serve two terms, how come others can make a career out of politics? It's time to set limits on everyone in Washington so we can rid ourselves of ineffective so-called lawmakers who are in the business for themselves rather than the public who keep voting them back into office. Reed and Pelosi? Really? California and Nevada are two states in the worst financial mess ever and these two were voted back in to the messes they helped create? I'm not the only one who needs to be colored dumb. :)