It’s been a while, but I’m back. It must be election year.

Yeah, I know, it’s been a few months.  After a little while writing a blog becomes an exercise in both futility and ego, and what I have to say isn’t important to anybody except for me.  Everybody loves their own opinion!  That said, Willard Mittens Romney prompted me to write an entry.  Here’s the article:

Let me highlight a few quotes and give my thoughts on them.  

“I wish I could tell you that the world is a safe place today,” he told an audience of roughly 5,000 people – many of them military families – at an outdoor park in San Diego. “It’s not.”  Must be election time, because every two years the republicans have to remind us that we’re not safe.  Over the last 12 years, though, they don’t have a good track record of increasing our safety.  9/11 happened under Bush, and Obama finally nailed the guy who did it.  No major terrorist attacks on US soil since Obama took the reins.  But yet the republicans beat the drum that not only are we not safe, but we need to spend MORE on the military…

“We have two courses we can follow,” he said. “One is to follow the pathway of Europe, to shrink our military smaller and smaller to pay for our social needs.”  Nice fear-mongering there, warning of us becoming (gasp!) Europe.  We can’t be anybody but America, and we can’t be America unless we spend proportionally ridiculous amounts on our military!  Screw social programs.  We don’t need more spending on schools and education, infrastructure, and programs designed to help people get back on their feet.  Americans don’t deserve that.  What they do deserve is more Tomahawks and weapons that will never be used.

Admittedly, this presents a conundrum for me because I’m employed by the military.  Military cutbacks would probably mean me losing my job, and if that happens check with me after six months and see how I feel about reduced military spending.  My song might be different.  

My point is that if we have to face cutbacks in all other areas of our national budget, why is the military so sacred?  Most of the other cuts are drops in the bucket compared to military spending.  It shouldn’t be spared and it isn’t the solution to our economic problems.

“He believes in American exceptionalism,” McCain, the 2008 GOP presidential nominee, said.  Call me what you will, but right now I don’t believe in American exceptionalism.  I’ve been to many different countries around the world and I still choose to call America home, but we’ve lost our global edge.  We’re no longer exceptional at anything other than promoting and producing war.  Under both Obama and Bush, under the guise of safety, we’ve had liberties stripped away.  We have a massively ineffective TSA probing us at airports – under the guise of safety – with no justification and no method to their madness.  We have a government that spies on us at will and keeps pushing the envelope without even hiding what they are doing.  We can’t balance a budget and we can’t even agree to disagree, for the sake of the country.  We think it’s all the other guy’s fault, and we’re getting dumber and more locked in our positions by the week.  We need to return America into an exceptional country, and hasn’t been just the last four years that have seen us sliding down the tubes.  It’s been at least the last 24 years.  

And yet, our choices are Obama (GWB part II) or Romney (GWB part III).  It doesn’t matter which one is elected in November.  Obama has continued many of Bush’s policies but conservatives still think he’s a socialist and liberals still think he’s the better option.  Romney would obviously cater to big businesses more openly than any president I can remember but many people still think he’s the solution.  Meanwhile, our Congress is a damn joke and they’ll keep getting reelected because of name recognition, despite an approval rating in the single digits.  

And yet, what do we hear the most about as the election draws closer: keeping ourselves safe, gays, bullying, birth certificates, job creators, and which (lying) candidate loves the middle class the most.  None of which will make America exceptional again.  

I wish I knew the solution.  The only thing I do know is that what we’re doing right now isn’t it.


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