Election 2008: Letter to My Cousin About Politics Today Compared to the Good Ol’ Days!

Hi Cousin,

    Good to hear from you.  From the sound of your message, you must be in the same mood that I am.  It is so depressing to see such exhibitions of ignorance in the people who touch our daily life and especially in this Presidential election.  It rather makes one want to ‘bonk’ a few heads!

     No my dear Cuz, things will never be like they were when we were young.  I am not  sure that we would actually want the ‘good ol days’, if we had the chance; I would always like something better than that. 

     However, I do agree that President George Woeful Bush has managed to regress our formerly beautiful American democratic Republic into a society of bitter, frightened lemurs, heading for the cliffs.  Surely, we can do better.  I have chosen to follow the Obama dynamics of hope and progress and cannot for the life of me figure out why everyone else is not!  I am sick of the garbage spewing from the mouths of Clinton and McCain exaggerating their competence and intellect; if they were that good, someone else would be saying it and those two would not have let Bush get away with destroying American values.  Where the hell have Clinton and McCain been the last eight years?      

     I like Obama’s message, “I can’t do it, but WE can do it!”  While Hillary and McCain keep trying to convince us that they are going to do everything for us.

     Yes, the world is constantly changing but not necessarily making progress.  And no, Americans never seem to learn from the past.  We spank a two year old to keep them from running into the street a second time, because we are unable to reason with a baby; spanking doesn’t often help but when he is old enough to reason for himself that he may get hit in the ass by a car, then he learns to keep out of the street.  There was an analogy there somewhere; I think the moral of the story is that it is too bad 2-year-olds are not allowed to vote.

     It all means that I must never take myself too seriously.

     Cuz, you and I are both aware of what Jesus would think about America today because you and I have those intellectual discussions with Jesus every day of the week, including Sunday; and Sunday you know, is that day when those “other poor dumbed-down people” wearing a cross on one lapel and and flag on the other are kneeling and praying in those expensive commercial God-houses called churches where they are told by their ‘salaried clergy’ to vote for George Bush because he is a good Christian.

     My answer is no, there will not be fair elections in Ohio or Florida because the Diebold voting machines are programed to be hacked and President Bush has declared that he has the ‘war power’ to secretly tap any American phone lines during the war on terror, including the phone lines relaying electronic voting results.  Of course we need to be reasonable in our assessment of George W. Bush and what he is capable of doing but we have no obligation to be stupid.

     After 1968, I lost interest in politics and ignored the political scene because I lost all hope when Robert Kennedy was assassinated while celebrating a primary election victory.  As you know, Richard Nixon was elected and an age of cynicism followed.  Obama is the first candidate since to inspire me or provide a possibility of hope.  However, I am tempered by the disappointment that I suffered when Adlai Stevenson lost the election to Ike; I had to suffer through two terms of President Ike, who never uttered a quotable phrase during eight years in office. 

     Ike’s election was the end of the era of FDR and Truman.  You realize of course that when you yearn for the days when we were young, you are talking about the era of FDR and Truman?  Ironically, it was also a era of the Great Depression and WWII, however, it was also an era of ‘morality’ and ethical behavior and a time that we could take pride in, despite the adversity.  We had Presidents that we could love.  When an American President is elected 4 times, there is good reason for it.  How many Presidents have you ‘loved’, since FDR and Truman?

     Please don’t take me too seriously; I don’t.

     See you later Cuz.

Luvya,

Richard

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