Tuesday, November 04, 2008

The real losers in this election

The ballots have been cast, and the votes have been counted. The media has told us who the winners are and who the losers are, but I'd like to take a moment to tell you who the real losers in this election are. It's actually a very simple answer...go look in a mirrror. That's right America, you and me, the American people are the real losers in this election.

Of the two main candidates for president, I do believe that the lesser of two evils won. I think we will be better off with Obama than we would have been with McCain, but I still don't think we're in good shape.

The simple reason for this is that both the Democrats and the Republicans are owned by big business, and it's big business that makes the decisions for these politicians. Whether it's the Republicans and the oil companies, or the Democrats and the pharmaceutical companies, these people are more interested in doing what is best for major corporations and for their own political careers than they are in doing what is right for the American people...the people who put them in power.

The system is stacked to favor the two party system. If you don't believe me, just look into what a third party candidate has to do to get on the ballot in most states. And forget about media coverage (which is what generally governs the American view of the world.) The media is too closely tied to the major parties to ever let a third party candidate get the kind of coverage needed to mount a serious charge. Have you ever wondered why you didn't see a Green or Libertarian candidate in the debates? Simple. The debates are owned and operated by the two major parties...thus locking out any chance for a third party candidate.

As long as we continue to have a corporate democracy as opposed to a representative democracy, it will be the American people who continue to suffer. So, in future elections, please consider the possibility of voting for a third party candidate.

Having said all of this, I offer my hearty congratulations to President-elect Obama. Of the two, I'm glad it's him. I hope he can restore some of the America that has been destroyed by the current administration, and I certainly hope that he will bring about some racial healing in this country...something that is still badly needed.


Anonymous said...

YES, we have a lot of problems in this Capitalistic/Consumer driven country, BUT let's MOVE ON!!! I have lived in other countries, and believe me, we are blessed! We are not losers, we are driven changers. Despite our obvious problems, we are still a great and mighty nation. Obama's win is in the right direction. NO, he won't solve all or most or maybe not even many of our problems, but his heart is rightly directed. WE have to help him, he can't do it alone!!!!! For too long we've had the same old thing with the same old type of people, let's rejoice in something new! We need change, and we need it now. It's good to give someone else a chance. A third party is hard to run because in our country the majority rules, as you've seen last night! We are a democratic society!!! Thank God we are not a dictatorship! My parents have lived under one and it was horrible fear all the time, with no rights at all. THANK God you are an American and have the right to blog your voice freely. Don't take for granted what we do have, and that is freedom! Americans seem never satisfied in what they do have. We must be thankful for what we do have!!! The only loser is that which you choose to see in the mirror. You have what you say, so think positive and think of what YOU can do to make your world and those around you better. The answer IS in the mirror, and it's YOU!!!!

Sincerely, Sabah Liviknysovich
(formerly of Bosnia, now a proud American Citizen who voted for President Obama!!)

J Erwine said...

I agree that Obama will bring about some change, and I will support him, but I don't think he will ultimately bring about the kind of change that we really need. Anyone who is a member of one of the major political parties is too tied into the system to really give the government back to the people.

Anyone who knows me either personally or through this blog would quickly point out that I love this country, which is why I think it can be even better than what the Dems and Reps offer us. Even under the Bush administration, I would have to say that the US was still one of, if not the best, place to live on Earth...and I wouldn't give up my country, even though some on the Right would consider me a traitor to the nation because of my beliefs...and even some on the Left would say the same thing because I don't think the Dems are as great as they'd like us to be.

The reason a third party is tough to get into power in this country is because everything is stacked against them. As I pointed out in the blog, they have trouble getting onto ballots (because of laws passed by the Dems and the Reps) and they have trouble getting media coverage...and that's because the media have a vested interest in keeping the two powers in power.

My use of the word loser was not meant to be derogatory (as in a big L on every American's head), but rather to point out that there should be better options for We the People, and until there are, we all lose...