Election years are a pain; I don’t like them. Certainly I do my duty, researching the candidates to find out just how close to my own opinions and beliefs are their talking points and actions. For state and local candidates it can be difficult to find the information I am looking for in any given election campaign. Nationally it’s not as hard to get the information needed, just listen to the news. Not just the mainstream news outlets but all of them, including the alternative media sources.
As I watch, listen, and read what the various news sources are covering I wonder that anyone in the nation can make informed decisions. Recently about the only thing in the news is impeachment. We don’t hear much about other things going on. Passing stories of international news can be found. Even stories about significant events affecting our military or the news of tragedy such as the horrendous fires in Australia and the loss of our own firefighters who went to help. But, after that, back to impeachment. I’m sick and tired of hearing about it. Day after day, week after week, the same things are said by both sides of this issue. Nothing new is really said, just repackaging the same old lines.
My husband is a news junkie and he spends much of his free time listening to news. As a result, I hear it too. I’ve got opinions and suffice it to say, my opinions lean toward the conservative side on most things. I think I’ve registered as a Republican, though it is possible that when I renewed my drivers license I re-registered as an Independent. Honestly, I’m not sure. It really doesn’t matter because I vote my conscience.
Now, about the recent debacle called the impeachment. The way I see it is the majority of the House of Representatives would like to take over the government regardless of the results of the past two elections, the midterms of 2018 and the general of 2016. Instead of addressing issues that are meaningful to the people of the United States they are trying to get a sitting president removed from office. The excessive investigations and probes since 2016 have been a waste of taxpayer dollars, not in the best interest of the country, and dubious at best.
If the U.S. House of Representatives are successful in getting their way, then all future presidents are at risk of having their hands tied and unable to do their job as the chief executive of the nation. He or she will just be a figure head. The founders of this nation designed the constitution to prevent such unbalanced control over the governing of the people. The government is supposed to be for the people and by the people. When we elect these congressmen and women we believe they will act on our behalf for our benefit and well being, not for self interests. But that is seldom the case. When they are sent to Washington in our stead, more often than not, they change their focus to gaining power for themselves and do just enough to satisfy the people who elected them so they can be reelected over and over again, election cycle after election cycle until they have been in office for most of their career. Employee turnover in the private sector is significantly more rapid than in the public political arena. We the people really should consider a major turnover of the people we elect every election cycle. There may not be term limits for those in congress, but, as a population we could certainly force the issue at the ballot box.
In some places, though, the person in office runs unopposed. Ordinary people could challenge the incumbent, after all there are capable people in society who would be excellent leaders if they just chose to pursue it. People who could go to Washington, or their state capitol, or even local offices, serve a term or two, have an impact on the direction our nation, states, and communities are headed, then return and resume their private sector affairs. But the political atmosphere has become so polluted that no sane person wants to become embroiled in the expensive and convoluted process involved in running for office. So we are stuck with career politicians who are there almost for life.
That is the problem. In 2016 a man who had the money, business savvy and experience, ran for president of the United States, and won. He wasn’t a politician as others and had never held a political office in his life. Instead he was a businessman with leadership skills from a whole different arena, a man with ideas on what needed to be done to improve the state of the nation. That was a threat to the established politicians on both side of the aisle.
I suppose that many of the Republicans have come to be cooperative if not supportive of this businessman turned politician. But the Democrats have still not accepted that a businessman, well known because of his real estate empire and some reality TV show, actually gained the favor of enough American citizens to be elected president. Instead they have been concentrating on trying overturn the election results of 2016 and failing to do the job they were elected to do, represent their constituency in congress.
I know the argument that the president did not get the majority of the popular vote. There is a reason that the popular vote is not what elects the president. A current movement to abolish the electoral college, or at least its intent, is to have states agree that their electors would vote based on the national popular vote. This would undermine the effectiveness of the electoral college. The founders set up the electoral college for a reason. It is to prevent the major population centers from always dictating who is elected president. At the time the nation was small, now it is half of a continent and the population is huge. Population center cities and states would determine every president if the popular vote were the determining factor and all those smaller population areas would not be adequately represented. Their votes for president would not count at all. Each state decides how their electorate representatives are selected and used. (1) In most states the electors vote according to the majority of popular votes in their state, for two states, however, the electorate votes are allocated according to the majority in each congressional district with two electorates for the overall winner in the state. Those states are Maine and Nebraska, of which I live in one. Historically though, those two states have only once split their electoral votes. Maine in 2016 and Nebraska in 2008. (2)
The last thing that really bugs me are the calls and texts to my cell phone. Some guy by the name of Donald, presumably in a neighboring state, has erroneously been linked to my cell phone; I’ve had the same number for almost 15 years. Last midterm election I discovered that the Democratic campaign of a politician from a neighboring state was calling for Donald and I asked to be removed from the call list as I am not a resident of that state and don’t even know a Donald. That was ineffective, I am once again getting political campaign calls for Donald. But Donald isn’t the only problem, as the election draws closer I know that I’ll be getting all sorts of calls to support this or that candidate, or to answer poll questions, which generally don’t even have an answer choice that fits my opinion. These calls can get to be very annoying and on some days they call my phone every 20-30 minutes during certain portions of the day. I’ve gotten so I don’t answer calls that are not in my contacts list and occasionally if a call comes from an area code matching my own I may miss important calls that I would otherwise want to answer. I really do not like election years. No fan of politics as they are today.
Blessings to all,