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The Race Card Goes Around: Who Is Guilty?

August 1, 2008

The presidential political campaign grows more and more desperate while the real issues molder under the table of discussion. Taking shots that are not based on presidential issues is once again the media rage. The lack of real substance is the 2008 election is alarming. What is worse, the difference between the issues is more meager than ever except for a few pet party issues as the difference between the two largest party names narrows. The Republicans started out as the anti-slavery party in America, the champion of freedom. Republicans have sponsored endless advocacy for big business and government watchdog methods and have increasingly attacked Democrats for being socialists. The bigger question is what Republicans have become and they aren’t telling.

Conservative emails and newsletters are full of name-calling, hype and, on balance, very little substance. The hyperbole is all about the money and making more to support “noble causes” even while their collective heart has gone out of the effort. This independent-minded writer knows about conservative outlook, being soundly birthed in the conservative as well as the allegedly responsible hall of ethics that all party lines have gradually abandoned for something else. The American populace is more independent than ever, as politicians drift away from purpose and protection of what the country claimed to stand for at its inception. As a result, what America has to look forward to is, in fact, change for the benefit of change itself.

In the current issue vacuum of presidential politics there is little to recommend. Even the moral fortitude that is proclaimed upon John McCain is hopelessly tarnished by his long-term association without any real distinction among a body of rampant corruption. Others seek to make the same claim against Obama. Skeletons in the closet are the rule rather than the exception. That shouldn’t be surprising. How many skeletons do you have? Even so, shame isn’t the answer. Accountability has become an unknown word. Even voting in Congressional circles protects the privacy of “public servants” at the expense of citizen knowledge.

“So nobody really thinks that Bush or McCain have a real answer for the challenges we face, so what they’re going to try to do is make you scared of me,” Barack Obama shared with voters in Springfield. “You know, he’s not patriotic enough. He’s got a funny name. You know, he doesn’t look like all those other Presidents on those dollar bills, you know. He’s risky. That’s essentially the argument they’re making.”

Personal faultfinding in lieu of facts and truth is the politics of the day. Now campaign managers are getting into the issue controversy as they set policies that neglectful candidates fail to manage themselves through delegation of authority. At least the two majority candidates do have the capacity to apologize. That indicates a measure of accountability. Who has the strength of personality to maintain that accountability? Who caves routinely caves in?

Meanwhile, most politicians conveniently assert little consistent opinion or planning about the economy or the real problems of living in America. Instead, they revel in imaginary environmental issues designed to promote unproved causes while creating a larger fiscal sucking sound on the world scene. There will never be enough money and now the money we have isn’t worth enough to keep prices down. We have never addressed inflation. Instead, we have simply redefined it to meet the need. Perhaps, the truth that many assert is that this country cannot solve the problems that stare the nation in the face. Creative stonewalling hasn’t proved an effective medicine. Creating imaginary issues is not effective either.

The reality is that the person making the noise is often guilty of the crime they are protesting. That is the case with the latest hand of race card poker face. Town hall meetings aren’t necessary to deal with issues that America faces. We’ve had enough of town hall meetings already. In the meantime, telling the truth about the perception of issues instead of promoting a party platform is exactly what the country needs. Party politics have resulted in nothing but harm to the nation. Unfortunately, honesty is vulnerability and we can’t have any of that in a bullet-proof American world. Reality is that America exists in highly risky times. The people know that. The powers that are in place continue to manipulate politicians. They simply don’t recognize the risk of destroying what they have. Or perhaps, there is no room left for old ideas because they don’t work. Sovereignty is becoming a distant concern and yet, the political will of the nation narcissistically pursues its own immediate ends. The Utopia of America is farther away than ever. Still, the sound of change is in the air.

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