Tuesday, November 4, 2008

THE SUSPENSION OF DISBELIEF

…or thank God, it’s Election Day.

Ever notice how when most folks tell you a story they will point out that there are two sides to every story and the truth usually lies somewhere between the two?

Ever notice how that never happens in partisan politics?

Every four years, the citizens of our great nation suffer from the “suspension of disbelief.” If it’s party rhetoric, we embrace it. We don’t care what either candidate really says, we just care about what our party’s version of the “truth” really is.

Hard core Republicans say Obama is a friend of terrorists and the most liberal member of Congress who will no doubt doom our great nation.

Card carrying Democrats say John McCain will do nothing but continue the failing policies of President Bush, and if something happens to him a crazy right-wing woman with a $150,000 wardrobe who used to be the major of a town (Wasilla, Alaska, 2000 census count population 5,469) smaller than Cameron Indoor Stadium (population 9,314) will be president and that will, no doubt…anybody? Yep, you got it -- doom our great nation.

Liberals love thier NPR - you know, it's "public" so it has to be fair and balanced. Conservatives love Fox News - you know, it's so fair and balanced they feel compelled to use the tag line "fair and balanced." Each would have you believe that everyone is lying to you except...them. Which, of course, is unbelievable. Or, at least is should be.

Yes whether it’s friends, family, co-workers, bosses, kids, newscasters, celebrities or sports stars -- across the board we tend not to believe EVERY WORD that comes out of their mouths. But, when it comes to politicians – our politicians (whichever side you’re on) – we drink the propaganda Kool-Aid with unbridled enthusiasm to get them into office. Once their there, a healthy dose of skepticism seems to reappear. Does John McCain really love ABBA?

How can everything we encounter every day lead to some skepticism on the part of almost everybody with exception being hard-core partisan politics where we are told by the party leadership and mouthpieces what we are to believe? And, amazingly enough, millions do. People you know. Smart people. Go figure.

In this election cycle, almost everyone in the nation seems to believe both candidates will cut taxes while spending zillions on two wars and solving any number of other problems. While the GOP condemns all Democrats as “tax and spend” liberals, it appears that that their counter strategy has been “borrow and spend.” We all know, you can’t cut taxes and spend more. Yet, every election cycle we buy in. It so popular that now the Democrats are even promising to do it! That's crazy talk.

The bottom line is this…Dems will vote for change and for the first time in a very long time they have a viable candidate. Republicans will cling to the status quo claiming as bad as it is, Obama will make things worse.
Many will say “I voted my wallet.” Since 2000, Gas prices have doubled, unemployment is up 52%, the real estate market is woefully depressed, wall street is a mess, the mortgage banking industry is in crisis, we owe China and Japan zillions of dollars, the deficit has doubled and we are bogged down in two incredibly expensive foreign wars with no meaningful conclusions in sight.

And yet, partisan Republicans don’t seem to think all of that is bad for their wallets?

On the other side of the aisle, Democrats have been out of power for so long they hardly get blamed for anything anymore. Who doesn't miss making fun of Bill Clinton? Many of them think the 10% of the population that pays 60% of our nation’s taxes should pay more and that government can fix everything by throwing money at it. Of course, many of them also think George Bush went to war in Iraq to enrich his wealthy Republican friends who own Halliburton

No wonder foreigners think we’re crazy.

Now, if you haven’t yet done so, go vote.

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