Partisan politics are not only confusing and frustrating and apparently infinite, but they seem to defeat the purpose of meaningful change.
And it appears, talking to many people around the North Country, policies and plans and specifics and ideas linked to outcomes matter little when it comes to that never-ending battle of Republican versus Democrat.
Can President Obama turn the economy around, heal the nation and repair the many things the people point out are broken?
Or would Romney be better suited for the job?
It doesn’t appear it really matters and, if that is the case, do outcomes or change really mean anything?
Individual campaign volunteers – Republican and Democrat – reported that while making calls for their respectable candidates, they were met with either, “Thanks for calling and I will definitely vote for -----,” or “I would rather die than vote -----.”
But wait, isn’t it the individuals and his or her ideas that matter?
If Romney were a Democrat would Republicans suddenly despise him and all he stands for?
Would Obama be tossed to the curb with the trash by Democrats if he suddenly transformed into a Republican?
Some might say no, and for some that is most definitely the truth. But for many, or so it seems from conversations, interviews and testimonials of operatives on both sides, the party decides the vote.
If that is the case, then it would seem if Romney were elected and indeed turned the country around for everyone, Democrats would remain miserable.
Likewise, if Obama is granted a second term and succeeds where many say he has failed, Republicans would be angry and unfulfilled.
Then that would mean if Romney wins and fails and the state of affairs in the country deteriorates, Republicans would be thrilled still, because their Republican won.
And Democrats, in the same situation, would be overjoyed too.
Would both sides find ways to blame the other? History definitely indicates this.
But shouldn’t it be more about who is going to get the job done and bring about results that empower the largest amount of Americans possible?
Yes, each party, respectively, has ideals that voters belonging to those parties subscribe to and believe in, and there is nothing wrong with that. In fact, ideals are quite admirable.
But blindly accepting or dismissing an individual according to party affiliation seems like it carries, at least a slight possibility of sabotaging what one in fact desires.
Wouldn’t it behoove every voter to remain loyal to ideals but at the same time do some investigation, some real investigation that doesn’t include listening to propaganda, before making a final decision?
Who knows which party can truly cure America’s ailments?
But what seems evident is that while people might assume their party is faithfully representing them, knowledge is power and an uninformed choice at the polls could potentially create obstacles along the path to what we desire.
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