America is angry, but is it angry enough?
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         The two men had been playing tennis for two and a half hours. They walked out of the tennis facility together, commenting on how tired they were. “Tough matches, huh?”
          “Yeah, but it felt good. Tight games. That’s what I like. Plenty of exercise.”
          They walked toward their cars in the parking lot.
          “Say, did you see that debate on television last night?”
          “You mean the one between Meg and Brown?”
          “Yeah.”
          “Was it any good?”
          “Nothin’ new, except Brown apologized for one of his advisors calling Meg a ‘whore.’ Other than that, same old, same old.”
          “What do you think is going to happen in the election?”
          “Damned if I can tell.”
          “Well, what I mean is, do you think the Tea Party is going to throw the election into chaos? A lot of people are talking about the Tea Party. You know, less taxes, smaller government, get the old guys out of Congress. Seems like everyone is ready for some big changes in government.”
          “To tell you the truth, I’m getting sick of watching those political commercials. Everyone, including the Tea Party candidates is promising everyone everything under the sun. I think the best part is that there are a lot of Americans who are unhappy and want a change in their government. My fear is that come election day all those people who complained will stay home and not vote thinking that their vote won’t count. Maybe down deep they’ve given up.”
          A tennis friend of the two men walked by and heard them talking politics and voting. He stopped and added, “You guys talking about the Tea Party. Maybe it’s time we tried something new and elected these new guys. What’s happening now in Washington and in most all governments is criminal. I tell ya, our government just doesn’t work anymore. Kick the bums out.”
          “I’m beginning to think that term limits would be a good thing.”
          “Amen to that. I say, two terms and they’re out.”
          The three agreed.
          “It’s a crime that some of those Senators and Representatives hold those offices for most of their lifetimes. Take a guy like that Robert Byrd of West Virginia. He was in the Senate for over fifty years. He got elected every time because he had seniority and got millions of our tax dollars sent to his state for some of the silliest reasons. I agree, two terms and out!”
          “Those guys, Senators, Representatives are run by the lobbyists. Do you know there are somewhere between 30,000 and 40,000 lobbyists in Washington. They spend millions of dollars to sway those guys and get what they want. Can you imagine a Senator voting against what the National Rifle Association wants? If they did they’re guaranteed to lose their next election. It’s the lobbyists who are running the show.”
          “Let’s face it. The whole damn thing doesn’t work anymore. It’s time we kicked the bums out and started all over. Even then, I’m not sure we can get it to work anymore. It’s awfully screwed up. That’s why more people don’t vote. I think they’ve given up. They think America is going down the tube and there’s nothing we can do about it.”
          “Y’know, I watch those TV commercials and I’ve come to the conclusion that it all boils down to who has the best advertising agency and advisors. The candidates will say anything, make any promise to get elected or reelected. I don’t trust any of ‘em.”
          “Yes. I know what you mean. I watch the commercials now and I’ve gotten to the point where I think they’re all BS.”
          “Everyone I’ve spoken to, and I mean everyone, is fed up. They’re all going to vote for new people. Nobody trusts the Democrats or the Republicans. Many people are going to vote for anyone the Tea Party nominates. They just want changes.”
          “I agree. Everyone’s angry over the recession, the bailouts, unemployment. Everyone knows that most of the troubles started before Obama became President, but they don’t care, they’re angry. They want to see some change, some improvement and if it takes all new people then that’s the way it’s gonna be.”
          “I’ve never seen people the way they are now. Maybe the November election will bring the beginning of big changes in our country.”
          “I hope so, but maybe we haven’t sunk low enough yet for people to wake up and do something. We’ll see in a few weeks.”
          “I just hope that Americans realize how bad the situation is and they get off their butts and start the change by voting. The future of our country depends on it.”
          The three tennis players shook hands and headed for their cars.
          Each wondered what November will bring.