A Supplement to My Last Post

Obviously, I don’t believe that all Republicans want to destroy nature and I don’t believe that all Republicans are xenophobes. I don’t believe that all Republicans are the downfall of our country, nor do I believe that all Republicans are roadblocks to the fulfillment of the American Dream. All that I wrote in my last post is black and white and really only represents a fundamental framework of my opinion.

It would be naïve (and certainly an affirmation of Jon Stewart’s recent critique of the media) to make all these very broad statements without explaining them. So this is a simple and contemplative explanation and supplement to my last post:

People are people and politics is politics. But from the time I was learning my beginners’ addition problems in the first grade until the moment I watched firsthand as Barack Obama took office on a chilly, yet sunny day during my freshman year of high school, I saw and experienced the failed policies of the last administration. The poor economic decisions, the insensitive social treatment, and the governmental nightmare that ensued.

The last administration is not, thankfully, running for office tomorrow. But people who represent its policies, upheld them, and support the foundational ideologies of George W. Bush and his cronies are running. I am not going to allow them to win without expressing and publicizing–perhaps through a desperate medium–the extremities to which they may be willing to travel.

To assume that all Republicans represent and believe all the things I wrote is unfair. But to understand what the party is capable of is important. Do a mental cost-benefit analysis. If the costs of voting for Christine O’Donnell, Meg Whitman, Sharon Angle–people who believe in and practice the aforementioned policies–out weighs the benefits of voting for Barbara Boxer, John Kitzhaber, Harry Reid–people who believe in and practice dissimilar policies to the Republicans’, who pushed for comprehensive healthcare reform and will continue to push for policies that will aid and abed the process of becoming a citizen, repeal counterintuitive military social regulations, and further hold banks and corporations financially accountable for the mess that they have helped to create on Wall Street, which has, by all means, trickled down onto Main Street.

Regardless of whom is is for, please vote. But, in perhaps a less emphatic tone than in my previous post, I recommend spending your valuable vote on someone who will appeal to your interest and the interests of those less fortunate than you.

The ball’s in your court.

Toying With Nature

In early June, the sagacious people of California voted to institute Proposition 14, which called for something called the “Top Two” system. In short, the “Top Two” system changes the idea of a partisan primary. It places all the candidates from each party onto one ballot. Each candidate has the option of stating her/his “party preference,” but is not required to do so. This leaves the general election to the top two vote getters, regardless of their party.

This all happened two and a half months ago…why am I writing about it now?

Because we’re on the downhill of one of the hottest political climates in American history. The residue of effects from the 2008 election season and the inauguration of Barack Obama has not yet worn off quite yet.

(Then) Senator Obama’s presidential campaign rallied millions of young people– as well as middle aged and older people who had never been involved before– to become wholeheartedly invested in the political process.

Let’s invoke Obama– in his own words– on the night that he lost the New Hampshire primary.

“There is something happening when Americans who are young in age and in spirit – who have never before participated in politics – turn out in numbers we’ve never seen because they know in their hearts that this time must be different.”

You can call it cliché or banal, but it’s true. The 2008 election started a wave, and young Americans are still riding that wave. But I oppose this “Top Two” law for perhaps a very selfish purpose; a purpose, however, that I believe is of the utmost importance in this a society that is losing any connection to its roots and is falling deeper and deeper into a black hole of worldly ignorance and profound civil negligence.

In the election process’ current form, if you voted for Hillary in the primary, chances are that you voted for Obama in the general election– because both candidates shared basic Democratic party platform principles. And chances are that if you voted for Romney in the primary, you voted for McCain in the general– for the same reasons as stated above.

This law– the “Top Two” law– inadvertently (or perhaps intentionally) discourages thousands of Californians from voting. If both candidates are Republicans, then thousands of Democrats won’t vote and vice versa. And in a time when Americans, let alone Californians, need to have a say in what’s going on in their governments, this law is counterproductive and unwarranted.

Bloomberg ’12?

I haven’t read anything about this yet, but something is starting to emerge…

I think that this could easily be the beginning of Michael Bloomberg’s run for president. If he outwardly handles this crisis well, he could pound the democrats on National Security/ Foreign Policy and easily become the frontrunner for the GOP nomination in 2012, or even 2016.

So far, it looks like he’s made a few tepid remarks. But maybe he’ll seize the moment. Let’s watch and see.