Thank you for writing this article. I wasn't much interested in politics
when I was younger; all I really knew was that my parents and people at church
tended to like the guy that people at school didn't like. After I became
an adult, I started looking into it with more detail, but nothing terribly
rigorous; just enough to know the general platform of the two major parties.It was the 2012 general election that broke my shell; that's when I
decided to fully study up the candidates, what they said they stood for, what
others said they stood for, and their history not only in politics, but their
personal and extra-political lives. After looking through the recent presidents
(including the awesome Reagan) and current political figures, I can say without
a doubt that I would've awoken my entire dormitory, perhaps literally
jumping on my bed, had things turned out differently in that election. I hope,
as you do, to have a candidate in 2016 that would ellicit such an opportunity.
At the beginning of the wonderful Reagan years jobs was sent overseas and Wall
Street boomed. Tax breaks for the rich, tax increase for the working class and
my checks went down. More jobs sent overseas and finally I lost my job because
it was cheaper to get the product overseas. Still the rich became richer, Wall
Street grew and the greatest number of homeless Americans families ever. Social
Security was getting IOU's from Ronald and GREED became the new fashion.
Big SUVs replace the economical cars and the all about me generation was born.
Keating Savings and Loans scandal was forgiven and wages everywhere kept going
down and the rich had a life style show of their own. College tuition went up,
unions crumbled and undocumented workers were given amnesty (3 million of them).
After 8 years of Ronald Reagan I realized how sick and wrong
republicans are. I quit.
Let's not forget about all his real sketchy foreign affairs like Iran
Is this article really anything more than a (not really rare) childhood memory?
The next presidential election isn't for over two years. Let's save
our beds by not jumping on them until the big night arrives.
I've grown up a lot since I last became excited (in a positive way) about
any politician. I don't want a candidate that will make me want to jump on
the bed anymore. Political leaders should not be cult celebrities.A
boring candidate would suit me just fine, as long as she/he is competent and has
some level of humility about what government can and should do. Yeah, I know.
That's an unlikely fantasy.
This article stirs a memory of the 1952 presidential election. In my mind's
eye, I can see two of my 5th grade classmates wresting on the school lawn to
defend their chosen presidential candidate. One boy was adamant that Adlai
Stevenson should win; the other just as forceful in behalf of "Ike". It
was a good natured match, not your usual schoolyard fisticuffs, but a friendly
battle of skill; each boy trying to pin the other to the ground. Who
won the match? The boy wrestling for Eisenhower, of course!
I think many people expected Barack Obama to be that candidate in 2008. But
then the Republicans were bound and determined to see him fail, and they
undermined everything he did, and he let them because he wanted to be
"bipartisan." So a lot of Americans were disappointed with him by 2012.
The only reason he won was because Americans realized they had a choice between
keeping things the same with Obama or making them much worse with Romney. Will
there be a candidate like that in 2016? Maybe if Elizabeth Warren changes her
mind and decides to run (and especially if she chooses Alan Grayson as her
running mate), but barring that, don't hold your breath.
I just hope we never again see a candidate as completely unqualified as Barack
Obama. But then, it’s been a good many years since the people voted in a
President based on his politics. Bill Clinton won in 1992 because he could play
the saxophone. George W. Bush won in 2000 because he demonstrated more
personality than a petrified tree (and, like Gerald Ford, wasn’t tied to a
disgraced president). Barack Obama won in 2008 because he has more melanin than
any previous president. I expect Hillary Clinton will win in 2016 because she
has more estrogen. (The GOP could pull off the same stunt, if they could
actually get a woman to run, who doesn’t come off as a complete loon.)Maybe someday the people of the United States of America will wake up
and vote for another President based on the content of his or her character, but
I don’t expect it will happen in my lifetime.
I wish there was a politician who made me feel like there was hope for our
country. Unfortunately, thanks to polarization, overzealous ideologues and the
kowtowing to big money by politicians, it's clear that the individual has
little or no say over what goes on in America.So every day I'm
thankful for the Church, its leadership and the knowledge that despite the flaws
of men, we still have an institution we can rely on for guidance and wisdom in
these troubled times.
Aside from Rand Paul, I can’t really see anybody else who is remotely as
exciting as Ronald Reagan would have been in 1980. Of course, I wasn’t
around yet when Reagan came along so I can’t really make a comparison.
Particularly among youth though, Rand and his father Ron are the only people who
have managed to inspire those who otherwise would be completely disengaged from
politics. Obama did too, back in 2008, but as we all know that was a campaign
built completely on propaganda and deceit.