Who’s On First

If voting made any difference, they wouldn’t let us do it.
Mark Twain

Someone once said that arguing with a woman is like reading a Software License Agreement.  In the end, you ignore everything and click “I agree”.  To me, that sounds a lot like politics and here is why I say that.  When was the last time you voted for a candidate that you really wanted to win.  I’m not talking about the list of “approved”, and in most cases “perennial” wannabes.  I’m talking about someone that falls outside the Republican or Democrat parties, and in this presidential election cycle, outside the realm of “who the hell are these people and how did they end up as my only choices?”

I am an independent and have been most of my adult life.  As such, I, and all my independent brethren have inadvertently relegated ourselves to the “all other” column.  In deciding who is going to be my next president, my preferences are virtually ignored.  In my state, as in many others, I am restricted from participating in the primaries unless I prostitute myself and select a party affiliation.  I shouldn’t have to do that.  Just because I still believe that I should be able to vote for whomever I think is the strongest candidate, I should be able to help determine who that should be.  It just seems to me that a larger and larger section of the populace is becoming increasingly disenfranchised because we refuse to follow the herd.

And look where this has led us.  We have the opportunity to vote for the best of the worst.  Each of the current crop of pretenders to the throne are not what I would call pillars of integrity.  In fact, I’m not sure they know what integrity is, or care.  It is all about getting you and me to anoint them with the top job.  We have the option of voting for an ego maniac, (although all three candidates show tendencies toward that), a self described socialist who has looked at the failure of other countries with this form or government and still thinks it is the way to go, and the wicked witch of the north, who is so shady that grass will not grow anywhere she stands.  I don’t know about you, but I am not excited.  I have finally been reduced from trying to vote for the lesser of two evils, bad enough in and of itself, to deciding whether to vote at all.   Sad.

So, here’s my question.  “Who’s On First?”  Who decided that any of these candidates should be our only choices?.  Well, we did.  Maybe not me specifically and maybe not you.  But the collective ‘we’ did.  When we still had the initial crowd of thirty or so candidates, there were at least a couple of them that appeared decent, respectable, and knowledgeable alternatives.  People that I would not be ashamed to call my president.  But it was decided apparently that those qualities didn’t count.  We went instead for anger at the establishment, at the expense of civility.  We spurned knowledge and experience for promises of entitlements and freebies.  We disregarded character while accepting the  clandestine backgrounds of the current crop.  I think JFK would have been  a little shocked to find that todays mantra has become “Ask not what you can do for your country.  Ask what your country can do for you.”

I saw a picture of this bumper sticker the other day.  I’d like to know where to get one.  It illustrates my sentiment exactly.  Just sayin.

bumper sticker

About oldmainer

I am a retired manager living in Southern Maine and a would be writer of poetry, narratives, short stories, and random opinions, and that's how Oldmainer was born. Recently, I decided to try an experiment. I added photography to the mix, using only a cheap cell phone with a limited camera and the editing software that came with it, and added the blog site Inklings at poormanspoet.wordpress.com to showcase the results. So, feel free to use whatever you find interesting or worthy, but please honor the terms of my copyright when and if you do. They may not be much, but they are still a piece of me. I appreciate your checking me out and hope that you find something that will encourage a return visit. Thanks for stopping by.
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11 Responses to Who’s On First

  1. If u find where to buy the stickerd, let me know. We’ll written, as ususl.


  2. GP Cox says:

    That bumper sticker is perfect!!
    But, I must say, I was impressed that Trump actually has gone to Kissinger for counsel – he may not be a lost cause just yet.


    • oldmainer says:

      You could be right. He didn’t get where he is by being stupid. Just vulgar.


      • GP Cox says:

        I heard an interview of a gentleman that stated Trump is a Jeckle and Hyde. Loud and outrageous in public and quiet, deep and inquisitive in private. So – I’m still keeping an open mind and undecided.


      • oldmainer says:

        So am I. I’m betting there is more there then meets the eye. Plus, the best leaders are not the one’s who think they have all the answers. It’s the ones that know how to surround themselves with the people that have the answers

        Sent from my NOOK

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  3. Sonya Kassam says:

    I totally understand what you are going though. There really should be an option of “None of the Above “. That way at least your voice is counted instead of not voting.


  4. George says:

    I couldn’t agree more and I love the bumper sticker. So appropriate.


  5. msmcword says:

    Maybe some people vote for the name.


  6. msmcword says:

    Maybe some people just vote for the name.


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