Don’t believe the hype

The way the political campaigns and people are talking, you would swear that this is the most important election ever!!! The very soul of America hangs in the balance of this election…your children will become mindless taxpaying slaves if they don’t vote the right way…women will become second-class citizens depending on how they vote…save yourselves!!!

Now then, let’s do a reality check here…

Is this election important? Yes and no. Every election is important…at the very least, we are charting the course for the next two years, possibly four. And what our politicians do today could very well impact what happens down the line…one needs to only look at what the politicians of the 80s and 90s did to see how it led to the financial crisis.

But so many things also happen in the blink of an eye…things happen that are totally unexpected, and can change our course: 9/11, Katrina…is Sandy going to be in this list?

For me, it comes down to this: who do I think can best lead us as a country? Who can best represent our nation to the world? Because in essence, that’s really what the president does. He has greatly disappointed me at times…he has infuriated me at times…but I do believe that President Obama deserves another four years as our leader.

I actually have a lot of respect for Governor Romney. I think he is a good man, a good businessman and I don’t think that a Romney presidency would necessarily be a bad thing. But I don’t believe that he is truly in touch with the majority of the American people…I don’t feel like he truly connects with a person like me.

Ultimately, people have to remember that a president can only do so much. While our government of three branches is a wonderful thing, it can also be a incredibly big headache. People love to hate Congress, but then they keep voting their own Congressmen back in…so the cycle goes on. And Supreme Court justices get lifetime appointments…

If people want true change in this country–if people genuinely want a fundamental change in the way government works–then the entire government needs to be overhauled. And let’s be honest…do we really want that? We bitch and complain about the government all the time…but for all of the problems and headaches, it works. And it works a hell of a lot better than the governments of many other countries.

So take your sorry ass to your polling place on Tuesday and vote. Even I got my absentee ballot in the mail yesterday and I am voting. Your vote may mean little in the end, but at least you’re taking a stand.

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