Obama and McCain - give it a rest!
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Picture a young man in France or a family in Canada or a husband and wife in Afghanistan or an Italian couple observing the presidential election campaign in the United States during the past two years.
They must be astounded and dumbfounded at the ferocity and harshness of the attacks on one candidate from the other. These people, from foreign lands, who the United States wants as friends, have watched the candidates claw and scratch each other day in and day out for the better part of those two years. What thoughts can these people from around the globe have other than, according to what they have seen and heard, that neither man is qualified nor capable of operating from the Oval Office with any kind of competency, skill or ability. Barack Obama and John McCain have been lambasting each other for so long that not only the family in Canada, but also a couple in Syracuse, New York and a widower in Inglewood, California must have sincere doubts about the qualifications and ability of either man to not only manage the country, but to be able to lift it out of its current sinking fiscal and mental morass.
For too many months now the news on radio, newspapers, magazines and television has been almost totally about the battle between Obama and McCain – with the majority of the focus on the lack of ability of either to perform the tasks required of the president of the United States. The campaigns have dominated the news. Earthquakes, fires, assassinations, murder and pillage have been relegated to secondary events.
The television networks have been devoted to featuring the lies, distortions, exaggerations of the two men who passionately desire to be our president. Every gaff, insult, effrontery, denigration and slur becomes a featured segment on CNN, Fox, MSNBC or the old networks. “Truth Squads” have been utilized to aid us in separating the lies and fabrications from the truths.
To Americans and the rest of the world alike, the two candidates must appear to be severely blemished, unqualified, nasty, and negative. Month after month the two men have been knocking everything in sight about the other. Americans, by now, must be numb to the bad-mouthing and constant reference to the potential inability of the other to adequately represent this country as president.
Some weeks ago Joe Biden and Sarah Palin were selected as vice presidential candidates. It appears that their functions were to act the part of “mad dogs” in late season attacks on the two presidential candidates. So, now there are four candidates for office who spend their every waking moment making the case of why their opponents are not qualified to hold the offices which they seek.
Our country has been divided into “blue” and “red” states. “Red” has been taught to distrust and question the motives of those residing in the “blue” states. “Blue” has come to the conclusion that those in “red” states just don’t understand the workings of the country. Our country has become severely divided by shades of “blue” and “red.” The two presidential candidates and their parties will wind up spending somewhere around two billion dollars to gain office, with most of the billions spent denigrating the other candidate and the current office holder.
As much as the majority of Americans believe that the current president, George W. Bush, is not doing a credible job, and I am among that majority, I wonder what the millions around the world think of our country when the leader of our land is besmirched not only by the common man, but also by the two candidates vying to take his place. What must they think of us? No wonder our standing among the world’s communities has fallen to a new low.
When, within a few hours, we will know the winner of the seat in the Oval Office, will we remember what was said about the man and his vice president? Will we remember the claims of the man being weak, ineffective and unqualified to be president? Will we remember the charges of the candidates associating with unsavory friends and associates? Will we remember the month after month of claims that our new president is an unsuitable, incompetent, with little available talent or ability to lead this nation?
We are nearing the end of the most virulent, accusatory and televised campaigns in history. The two years have been filled with promises, lies, exaggerations, fear, accusations of racism and threats of loss of jobs, higher taxes and voting booth cheating. The gap between rich and poor has expanded. There is growing class resentment.
Much will be asked of our new president and much will be asked of all of us if we are to survive as the greatest country to ever exist on the planet.
Good luck to either Barack Obama or John McCain. I don’t know why they want to be president so badly. It seems like a “god- awful” job.
Perhaps we’ve all learned something during the past two angry, irritating, annoying, inflammatory years of the presidential campaigns. If nothing else, couldn’t we limit the campaigns to be held not in twenty four months, but only in September and October of the year before election day.
As my wise grandmother used to say, “Enough is enough!”