The Strategy of Hating One
The following was submitted by Nick Nottleman, a reader and concerned American.
The 2000 Presidential Election pitted George W. Bush against then Vice President Al Gore. Ralph Nader from the Green Party received 2.74 % of the popular vote and no other candidate received more than .5% of the popular vote. But the two main characters in this play were George W. Bush and Al Gore. Or were they?
While the Internet bubble was definitely bursting, the country was for the most part in decent shape. The military had been downsized considerably and for the first time in many years, there was a surplus in the Federal Budget. The Story’s villain was “The Clinton” and his sidekick, the “Blue Gobbler.” There to report it all, the likes of Rush Limbaugh and several reporters at Fox News.
In the 2012 election, the same strategy seems to be being deployed. An article at the Daily Caller quotes a Rasmussen poll:
A generic Republican presidential candidate would beat Barack Obama by a five-point margin if the election were held today, according to a poll released Tuesday by Rasmussen.
The as-yet-unnamed Republican candidate leads Obama 47 percent to 42 percent. This is the fourth consecutive week that Rasmussen’s polling has found a generic Republican candidate with a lead.
And Rasmussen is not alone.
Wait a second… you mean to say anyone with an (R) behind their name beats President Obama?
Because the general consensus being built is that any Republican would be a better president. On a semi-sane day, I might actually agree with that premise, but I prefer life out on the fringe. You know, where things like realizing THAT IS EXACTLY HOW WE ENDED UP WITH George W. Bush happens!
I would be the first to agree that Barack Obama’s presidency is a failure. And that paired with a Democrat-controlled House led by Nancy Pelosi, and a Democrat-controlled Senate led by Harry Reid, we had two years of completely failed policy implementation and an historical increase in federal spending that has put the country in a very weak spot.
What I think this country needs is someone who can provide solutions, and a congress that will work to create the bills that work toward that solution. That person does not necessarily have to be a Republican, because frankly, there are plenty of Republicans who love the spending just as much as the likes of Obama, Pelosi, and Reid.
At the very least, I am reasonable enough to deduce that electing “any” Republican in no way guarantees the reform the country so desperately needs. And that is what is at issue here. We have to stay away from thinking anything is better than what we have now. It lowers our expectations and asks us to settle for anyone that is electable.
It is everywhere… bloggers/writers that use terms like “potUS O’blather” and “DIM&DUMBerRATS”. On air personalities that constantly put forward a message that the problems our country has are caused only because of democrats and most specifically, the current president. Well, I have news for them. The problems we face as a nation are due to both major parties.
If your candidate must be a Republican – and why must it anyway, then make sure you choose one who is capable of making the changes needed. Here are some questions to help us along the way:
- If Mitt Romney had been elected in 2008, along with Pelosi and Reid leading their houses, do you believe we would have “Romneycare” now?
- Does the above question affect the way a potential president Romney might propose solutions to Obamacare?
- While the entire Constitution is always important, two amendments seem to be at the forefront, the Fourth and Tenth. Where are you at, and where is your candidate? Should the Sixteenth Amendment come into play in your decision?
- Where are you on the Federal Reserve?
- What are the first steps to reviving the economy and where is your candidate?
- Is someone finally going to get some drills in the ground and get us off the foreign oil teat?
- Are there entire departments such as education and the EPA that need to go?
- Who is willing to cut spending in ALL areas. Who has a realistic vision to balance the budget?
- Who has an effective tax plan?
- Who can bring jobs to America?
Even if you have never cared about politics, it is time to take this one seriously. Avoiding the “Strategy of hating one” is extremely tough in todays over stimulated world. I hope we can.