Slightly less than a year away from the 2008 Presidential elections and many readers of this web site tell me they are already sick of the whole thing.

Little wonder. Many of the incredibly large gathering of Presidential wannabes on both sides of the political fence – a crowd by anyone’s standards – have been raising money, running ads and sniping each other for more than a year now and the level is only increasing with the primary season just 39 days away.

By the time voters cast their ballots in November 2008 this Presidential campaign season will have set many records: the longest election season on record – beginning for most candidates in 2006 – the most money ever raised, the most ever spent and the most television and Internet political ads ever purchased.

Despite campaign reform laws aimed at limiting the influence of special interest groups on elections, more such groups will spend more money and buy more ads in their attempts to influence voters than at any time in American history.

In the end, Americans will most likely elect another flawed leader who is not up to the job of leading this country out of the morass left by previous administrations and a government ruled by scandal, hidden agendas and votes for sale to the highest bidder.

America is long past the point where an election can change its course. Too many voters foolishly believed that simply putting the Democrats back in charge of Congress in the 2006 mid-term elections would end George W. Bush’s failed Iraq war and, by some miracle, restore honesty and integrity to our government.

Didn’t happen: Couldn’t happen: Won’t happen. America is a victim of its own flawed belief in freedoms that don’t exist, saviors who aren’t real and expectations that cannot be met. We put our trust in political leaders with too many shortcomings and then expect them to rise above their levels of incompetence.

Our government is dominated by leaders controlled by greed, a thirst for power and an uncontrollable lust – a dangerous combination in any situation but both deadly and volatile in politics.

Even those who venture to Washington with the noblest of intentions soon fall victim to the seductress named power. The system swallows up idealists and spits out opportunistic cynics who prey on the very people they promised to serve. I saw it happen too many times during my 40 years in journalism and politics. I fell victim to it myself, trading ethics for money and principles for power. I’ve yet to meet a human being who can resist. Such a person may not exist.

By the time the primary season is over, both parties will have picked candidates molded by professional consultants and handlers, defined by expensive ad campaigns and changed by a system that demands compliance. Voters, weary from the blitz of campaign propaganda and exhausted by the process, will walk into their voting places next November to elect a stranger to office because few will really know the truth about those on the ballot. They will know only an image crafted by media analysts, a failed media and partisan web sites.

With luck – and luck is the only uncontrollable variable left in politics – we might get someone better than the current President: Or we might not.

We won’t know until it is over: By then it’s too late.

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  1. I view the government as the enemy of the people. You seem to want a proactive government and you will not ever find an honest or truthful action from any level of government. I am not confortable giving the government any control over health care or even security as they have shown they are incapable of doing anything with integrity.

    I will look into Richardson’s link. thank you.

  2. Before ye completely abandon all hope, please give Bill Richardson a long hard look. Almost as progressive as Kucinich, but without the need for on the job training; which all the other candidates would need. Bill has serious executive experience, truly understands the immigration issue, has an aggressive plan on alternative energy, has negotiated with the tyrants of the world freeing many hostages, would scrap No Child Left Behind, understands the needs of states, and wants to withdraw all troops from Iraq now–not 5 years from now as many others would. He’s also pro-gun rights and very electable.
    (Ron Paul, although a constitutional defender, would like the marketplace to determine health and safety, instead of a proactive government. I’m not comfortable sacrificing a loved one so that my lawsuit will push the marketplace i.e. big bidness, in the proper direction. I’d like to prevent the injury or death in the first place.)
    Please give Bill a look. http://www.richardsonforpresident.com/home
    Steve

  3. The Dogfather

    I decided long ago to vote for Dennis Kucinich in the Democratic primary here in Pennsylvania, whether the matter has been decided by then or not. I will not vote for Hillary, nor will I vote for any Republican save Ron Paul. If Hillary and Rudy turn out to be the nominees, then I will vote for whomever the Green Party nominates.

    My wife criticizes me for this sort of thinking, claiming that I would be “throwing my vote away.” On a certain level perhaps that’s true, but I’ve got this one conscience and this one life, and if I fail to live according to the dictates of that conscience, then I have no right to be called a voter or a man.

    Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead!

  4. Bravo Steve Horn,thanks for another great post!
    It brought to mind a couple of my favorite quotes…

    “If not me,who? And,if not now, when?”
    Mikhail Gorbachev

    “We must become the change we want to see.”
    Mahatma Gandhi

  5. Carl, you bring up a very valid point and I have wondered for years if Reagan had any knowledge of what G.H.W. Bush had in mind when he was elected to follow him in the White House. I heard rumors that the two men were not friendly and often wondered if Reagan could have stopped the neoconservative movement that would eventually destroy the Republican Party and America’s security.

    The Reagan supporters were not gung ho on the United Nations and the One World Order was a simple step into global governance that would destroy America.

    I have felt guilty for many years writing in a name for President and this time I will vote for Paul in the Primay and will write him in in November if he does not make it.

    I will not cave into to the Socialism that seems to be oozing into American politics. I probably have one or two more Presidential elections left and I will not waste them.

  6. Well said Carl,but I think I’ll keep my powder dry and at least go out on my shield.Devil take the hindmost, for want shall be their master.

  7. Thanks Doug for your spot-on, pragmatic rant concerning the order of the day!

    With an astronomical public debt of 9.7 trillion dollars hanging over this nations head along with a projected 12 trillion deficit by 2012, I’d say the Mayan Calendar is correct at least relative to the collapse of a worldwide, consumeristic paradigm both created and maintained by the West, especially the U.S. with derivative fallout and consequences to the peoples of the world.

    There’s too many people, and too little resources for this dog and pony show to continue. Little does China and India realize they are a day late; both, yuan and a rupee short, regardless of their imagined financial success… :))

    Hopefully an asteroid incoming will solve the worlds collective sore-arch problem and if not an asteroid, our own tools of destruction will facilitate a great thinning of the herd.

    People are welcome to become upset with my prognosis, but it’s going to happen and the world clock is now in the countdown mode to midnight.

    This is an old, old world, and the real estate will survive just fine, but the homo sapiens herd is due for a great thinning if not a well-deserved extinction for not treating their habitat with more reverence.

    Voting is a waste of time and it’s truly too late to turn this voyage to the bottom back. I saw a bumper sticker a few years back. “Don’t vote it only encourages them”… :)) How true!

    So my advice is for folks to enjoy the few remaining moments of their existence in the cosmic night and quit fretting about necessary change with none to come.

    We reached critical mass with the assassination of Kennedy and the 40+ years since his death it’s been a downhill slide for this great nation with evermore corrupt leaders being elected to the presidency. Reagan was the Republican Trojan horse; ie., Mr. Jellybean, “aw shucks” at the helm while his V.P. H.W. Bush, Mr. CIA, Mr. “Skull and Bones”, Mr. New World Order and his family were on the fast track to implementing globalist plans to finally destroy this once great republic with the end result being the end of a world paradigm as we know it.

    It’s truly the “twilights last gleaming” for this once great nation.

    Carl Nemo **==

  8. BEARS REPEATING

    From Steve Horn:

    “QUOTE” OUR nation is headed in the wrong direction, and has been for some time now. It’s not “the administrations” fault, nor is it the fault of congress. The fault is OURS – that’s right – US – you know – the people who live, die, pay taxes, work, retire – US. Our collective apathy got this nation into the condition it is in today, our apathy about politics at all levels, our unwillingness to do our own research, to learn about the issues on our own, to engage in the business of this nation.

    As such, we, the collective, are the only ones who can change the direction. We’re not going to bring a savior to the oval room in January of 2009, far from it, we’ll bring another human being, with all the flaws that comes with being one. However, we, as the collective, as the ones responsible for electing those representatives do have the power to bring about change. We’re the only ones who can.

    And I’m not just talking politics – when you see someone broken down by the side of the road do you stop and lend a hand or just keep driving – with the assumption that “someone else” will help? Engagement starts at the individual level – as does selfishness and “me-ism”. Before you blast the “leadership” and blame “them” for everything look at your own life – under the same critical eye. “UNQUOTE”

    Touche’ Steve…Touche’. If only America to rise to that standard again, but …????

    Thanks for your comment, I appreciate it.

    Respectfully,

    AustinRanter

  9. Bravo Steve. You sound like my grandfather did right after Pearl Harbor. He pulled our Village of Santa Monica together to help our troops win the war!

    Even thought he despised President Roosevelt, he went to work for Civil Defense and organized lots of things to support our troops.

  10. Giving up is easy, especially if you can convince yourself that YOU aren’t to blame, that you can’t make a difference. Giving up the good fight before it’s over is also, to my mind, pure chicken shit.

    OUR nation is headed in the wrong direction, and has been for some time now. It’s not “the administrations” fault, nor is it the fault of congress. The fault is OURS – that’s right – US – you know – the people who live, die, pay taxes, work, retire – US. Our collective apathy got this nation into the condition it is in today, our apathy about politics at all levels, our unwillingness to do our own research, to learn about the issues on our own, to engage in the business of this nation.

    As such, we, the collective, are the only ones who can change the direction. We’re not going to bring a savior to the oval room in January of 2009, far from it, we’ll bring another human being, with all the flaws that comes with being one. However, we, as the collective, as the ones responsible for electing those representatives do have the power to bring about change. We’re the only ones who can.

    And I’m not just talking politics – when you see someone broken down by the side of the road do you stop and lend a hand or just keep driving – with the assumption that “someone else” will help? Engagement starts at the individual level – as does selfishness and “me-ism”. Before you blast the “leadership” and blame “them” for everything look at your own life – under the same critical eye.

    Get involved – politically, socially, professionally – whatever – start at the community level and see if your involvement doesn’t attract others – plant the seed – help it grow – nurture it – as though it was a child. Start a movement. Exclude NO ONE – embrace the differences but focus on getting others involved in the discussion, in the actions and you might just start a ground-swell that’ll make this nation a better place to life.

    If you’re willing to give up, well, that’s your right I suppose, but in the 48 years I’ve spent on this earth I’ve never seen a need to give up, nor to shun those who I don’t agree with or understand nor to pass by those in trouble.

    Socially involved people are far more likely to vote in a considered and educated way than the loners or detatched, maybe through your efforts others who are on the verge of giving up will change their minds – and the minds of those with whom they engage.

    It doesn’t take much – but as I see it – until I start taking my final dirt nap, the cause is not lost.

    Peace

    Steve

  11. Even if Paul were somehow elected I think he would walk into the Presidency as a lame duck. Basically an independent he’d have few allies to work with. Additionally, other than his antiwar stance and how we got into this mess, the rest of his political views could be a disaster for this country.

    In my view the only candidate who makes sense is Dennis Kucinich, and of course he’s got less of a chance than Paul!

    I disagree with Pollchecker’s initial post about there not being any other heartless weasles running. Guliani is by far the worst candidate out there and may be more dangerous than the lunatic we have in office now. My god, I’d even vote for Hillary before Guliani!

  12. anthny
    @Curmudgeon, well said.
    If Ron Paul were some how in the running there would be some kind of problem with the vote or the plane he was riding on would disappear.
    I for some odd reason don’t trust Ron Paul.
    As most politicians tell us what we want to hear and then do what they were designed to do by there backers.
    In todays election process, there is the unseen hand of cumputer hackers.
    When Bush braged about his mandate after the exit polls said he was losing the election by 4% he turned it around in the mid morning and magicly won by 4%. So trusting the elctions are part of the problem.

  13. Austin, you are again right! Politically I have not changed in my agenda since the early 60s. I want a limited government as it is it only way I can feel free. I know that many others are with me. Ron Paul is the only candidate I trust to stay away from the special interests that we talk about.

    I have many friends who have been involved in politics as long as I have and they are still waiting for whatever is decided after the primaries. I cannot wait for that as so few, if not just one, speaks for me.

    I do not need a big government. I paid for everything by working non-stop until the last of my kids were out of college. I thought I would be able to retire with my investments and found they were not nearly as good as I thought. I’m not whining and have simply down- sized my life style. It doesn’t bother me at all. I did manage to develop kids who grew up not looking for handouts from anyone. They are all well off, well adjusted and do the handing out to others who need it.

    I do not need some slimy congressman/ex preacher to tell me how to live a decent life as my grandparents gave me that. My end game has always been to develop our individual freedoms giving every American the right to choose how they live and how they die.

    I believe we can make a change for the better but only if we get out and vote for the one candidate who owes nothing to anyone. He is not running on the Christian agenda, he is not running for Socialism and is determined to bring out the best of our U.S. Constitution. He knows the war in Iraq is not legal or moral but is only to make millions for many who are behind our President.

    I’m not going to run down any of the candidates but it is clear to me that the others are running for special interests of all the pressure points that come up every election. There is not one damn thing wrong with our Constitution except that few in D.C. are willing to work for it.

    I believe that Ron Paul will work for the freedoms found in our U.S. Constitution.

  14. I do not know when organized crime took over the government, or when the government took over organized crime, but there are not too many political faces that do not belong on wanted posters. Until the current group of politicians are held accountable for their crimes, it will do no good to replace them with anouther.

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