Why Republicans and Democrats are Both Stupid
I won't lie to you. I'm not a very smart person, but I retain a lot of information. This gives the illusion that I am smart. I like repeating things I've read and use them as if they were my own thoughts - like that guy in Good Will Hunting who tries to pass off passages he read in a textbook to impress Minnie Driver, before that janitor, Matt Damon, comes in and tells him exactly what page number that quote came from. Good thing I am not friends with any university janitors, I would be screwed. Also, I am a fan of caramels and not arbitrary coffee.
If Matt Damon/Will Hunting were my friend and said something like that around me, I would punch him in the face.
This brings me to politics. I feel like many people try and pass off things they've read about a politician as their own thoughts. For some reason or another, they already know which candidate they will support, yet aggressively seek out articles or expert opinions that reinforce their viewpoints and make themselves feel smarter. Then, they like to post them to Facebook to show everyone how smart they are. I find this even more amusing, as almost every one of that person's friends is probably in the same political party.
Here are some of my original thoughts. You'll have to excuse the juvenile nature of them, as they are original, and not quoted from previously read articles. Will Hunting would be proud.... or tell me he doesn't love me to my crying face.
As a former journalist, I have always tried to thoroughly examine two sides of an issue. Also, having interviewed (and observed) many politicians from both the Republican and Democratic parties, I can tell you that the Republican Party is the most egregious when trying to mislead the public with inaccurate information. Before you think this is a hack job on the Republican Party, I will let it be known that I am unaffiliated. In terms of support in each election, from the years I've been able to not suck my thumb (somewhere around 20 years old), I have supported Reagan, H.W. Bush, Perot, Clinton, W. Bush, Kerry, Obama, and now, Obama again.
The worst thing about American politics is the two-party system. I find it ridiculous that there can only be two general philosophies of thought. Republicans have to be anti-abortion, tax-cutting, gun hoarders, while Democrats have to be union-supporting, civil rights-loving, tree-huggers. In real life, that would be like, Republicans are only allowed to eat pizza, drive a Ford, and go to Lake Tahoe for vacation. No exceptions. Democrats can only eat burgers, drive a Chevrolet, and go to San Diego for vacation. No exceptions. Ridiculous. Let every candidate tell you their real thoughts, not just the ones that will secure their party's nomination from every wing of the flawed and corrupt organizations that make up the Democrats and Republicans.
Even though I support Obama, I almost (not really) hope Romney wins, because no one is going to make a huge dent in this unemployment number in the foreseeable future. Whichever Party wins will be blamed with this unemployment forever. If Obama wins, he will be blamed for something no President would've been able to overturn. If anything, Obama should be commended for not allowing the country to slip into the second Great Depression - albeit, he did it while continuing the federal deficit numbers he inherited under W. Bush.
Truth be told, the unemployment rate will be screwed for quite some time -- no matter who the President or political party is in power. I don't know if you noticed, but over the last decade, complete industries and middle-class jobs in middle-America have been wiped off the playing field... or nearing extinction. Video stores? Book shops? Record stories? Electronic retailers? Newspapers? And then there are some that's just a matter of time. Post office? Magazines? Publishers? Yellow Pages?
The internet is eliminating far more jobs than it is creating. It wasn't that long ago that we had Blockbuster, Hollywood Video, Wherehouse, Good Guys, Circuit City, Tower Records, and numerous Mom and Pop shops across America. Can you tell me what has taken their places and jobs in those communities? Wal-Mart jobs? Amazon warehouse jobs?
What President can succeed at creating jobs for millions in industries that have been eliminated by technology? What President can create new industries?!!?
On top of that, you're a complete moron if you're waiting for a President to provide a job for you.
One thing that baffles me about the Republican Party is why they fight for permanent tax cuts for those making over $250k. It's been 12 years, you idiots. (Don't forget Obama extended Bush's tax cuts for the rich.) Has the middle-class prospered because the rich are using their money to create more jobs!?? I don't think so. Okay, I understand why the rich in the Republican Party fight for these tax breaks, but the poor or the middle-class!?!? It's a LITTLE bit more money, not EVERYTHING they're making off the top - and back to what the rates were before W's cuts! Besides, did you know there are actually several tax incentives and breaks given to companies and small businesses that ACTUALLY hire a new employee or start a business. Or should we go back to praying that those who make over $250k do the right thing and hire more people with their money? I'll tell you one thing the rich did do - they bought lots of investment properties around the country, driving up the costs of houses for middle-class Americans. I won't tell you how that ended up.
I also can't align myself with Republicans these days, as they're on the wrong side of the civil rights movement. Gays and Lesbians will one day have the same rights as all Americans. And when that eventually happens, you can accept it, or let it turn you into a bitter old person who dies with hate in your heart. You know who I'm talking about - those old people you see who scowl and curse underneath their breaths while walking past you. The types who die lonely, looking out from their windowsill angry. Live your life and be happy - equal rights will not ruin your pursuit of happiness. Don't ruin it for others.
I realized a long time ago that it's a waste of time to argue politics with anyone. Chances are you will not convince them otherwise. It's essentially turned into a medium for people who want those around them to think they're smarter than they are. I'm not saying tune out, but you have to admit that with the advent of FOX News, politics has taken a more hateful and vengeful rhetoric. There's no longer much of a conciliatory, respectful tone, but one of an attacking nature. I don't want my life to take on this aura of divide. I'm an American, and I want to continue to respect those idiots who firmly align themselves with one party or another. But, we're more than just two parties of ideas.
The best thing for people is to choose an independent candidate the next time around - if only a quality candidate would present him/herself. Get the wheels in motion so we won't continue to be handcuffed by one party or the other and a candidate who falls in line with one party of thought. End the stalemate and gridlock of partisan politics in Congress. Unfortunately, we're a prisoner of the system. I admired McCain for sometimes bucking his party to do what he felt was right. I admired Perot for not having to answer to an organization. I admire Bloomberg for just doing what he feels is needed.
I don't even understand why people bother with the presidential debates - you will not hear anything new or revelatory, only what you want to hear. So, continue to espouse what you want in an effort to sound smarter, but the best thing we can do in the future is to think independently. Vote independently. Destroy the two party system.
And if there are any university janitors out there, I swear I didn't steal these thoughts from pundits. I also want to tell you that it's not your fault. It's not your fault. Now if you don't mind, I gotta go see about a girl. But if it were about a boy, politics should never get in the way with that kind of pursuit either.
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