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The one-time land of the free and home of the brave has morphed into the land of the ignorant and home of the misinformed.
America today is a nation of fools, brain-dead lemmings lulled into massive ignorance fueled by Internet-based misinformation, political party propaganda and lame conspiracy theories.
Then these victims of too much brain drain wander into voting booths in primary elections and general election to make uninformed decisions that affect the future of the country.
No wonder the place that should be called the United Mistakes of America is in such a mess.
One only has to read too many of the comments sections on web sites, including Capitol Hill Blue, follow the mindless threads on too many on-line forums and listen to the blather on the so-called “news channels” to realize that shallowness now trumps depth, hyperbole sits in for truth and hysteria replaces reason in today’s political environment.
While there are smart, informed voters out there and some of them offer reasoned dialog in political debates, the atmosphere by and large is poisoned by the malcontents, the screamers and the nutcases who have co-opted the political system and led this nation into the extreme fringes on both the right and the left.
What all this madness produces is an upcoming election in November pitting a monumental failure current serving as President against an empty suit that no one really knows.
But what other choices did we have? The Republican Party could not field one one credible candidate for office. Every candidate, without exception, is a miserable failure. In this primary season we had a tail chasing ex-food executive, a serial adulterer who also served as Speaker of the House, a series of right-wing flakes and a former racist publisher and conspiracy theorist masquerading as a obstetrician and Congressman.
No wonder Mitt Romney gets the GOP nomination. He’s the dog with the least fleas.
If the Republicans could have found a real candidate for office – and that’s a big “if” considering the makeup of the party of the elephant – the Presidency could have been theirs.
Barack Obama deserves a whipping at the polls. As a candidate, he talked a good game. As a President he is a colossal failure. Not since Jimmy Carter has the Democratic Party produced a president so unfit for the job.
But, like George W. Bush in 2004, Obama may win re-election because no real alternative exists. Mitt Romney’s political directions change with the poll of the day. The Etch-a-Sketch candidate is a blank slate who has changed positions more often than Newt Gingrich has swapped wives.
Instead of the “best of the best,” we have to settle for the “least worst of the worst.”
We have a slate of unqualified candidates who depend on an uninformed, gullible electorate to win an election.
Little wonder the country is screwed.
In a democracy, it is said, voters get the government they deserve.
Sad, but true.
When America entered World War II, Winston Churchill described the American military as “the unqualified leading the untrained into the unknown for the ungrateful.”
In today’s political environment, we can change that to “the unqualified leading the uninvolved into unknown for the uninformed.”
I wish I had an answer. Somewhere out there, one may exist but I fear the decline has gone too far. We may never find the road back because our system is no longer capable of producing a leader who can lead the way.
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