Monday, January 2, 2012

Iowa Caucuses? What the Horse Left in the Corner!

The very first U.S. Presidential election I can remember is 1972. I was still young so I didn't understand much of anything about elections except that it was a day off school because they used the schools for voting locations.

But, what I do remember was profound. I lived in Hagerstown, MD. When Democratic Candidate George Wallace was in town campaigning, there was a riot in the downtown section. The following week, while campaigning in Laurel, MD he was shot. While he survived he was crippled for the rest of his life.

Then there was the whole Watergate scandal. OK, I've seen the movie, I've driven past the hotel. It was a very stupid thing, and caused ripple effects all the way into today. The wiretapping laws we have today have the Watergate Scandal to thank for their existence. President Nixon's eventual resignation in 1974 pushed voters to the far side, and in 1976, elected a little known Democrat named Jimmy Carter.

President Carter was a humanitarian and a pacifist. His legacy will forever be over-shadowed by his near surrender to Iran over the 52 American hostages held for 444 days, and his signing away of the Panama Canal. In fact, most of his accomplishments worth mentioning came AFTER he left office.

In the 1980 election, voters were so disappointed in President Carter's ability to handle one small military crisis with Iran, they swung to the other side and elected Ronald Reagan, former actor and governor of California. Reagan's election campaign targeted Carter's pacifistic approach to Iran (and our Defense as a whole), and on the day he was sworn into office, the hostages were released. The Iranians knew their free ride was over.

For the next 30 years, American voters will swing from one extreme to another in hopes of finding someone they believe will truly represent them. And every four years it starts in Iowa, an insignificant state with only 7 electoral votes.

Here's the part I don't understand. What is all the hype about the Iowa caucuses? How does that impact me and my vote in another state with many more electoral votes? I don't see it, and it has never entered into my assessment of who to vote for. I've had the Constitution carriers and the political scholars explain it to me, but it's all rhetoric, it's all about the Republicans getting their claws in the meat first. Iowa has been predominantly Republican since it became a state until 1980. But it's been a crap shoot since then, hence the term "swing state".

So how's that any different than a state like Maryland that is and has been predominantly Democrat? Maryland surrounds the District of Columbia (another Democratic jurisdiction) on 3 sides. To me, it would seem to have much more impact on what really goes on inside the beltway.

So I say again, it's rhetoric, it's Political Nonsense. It's all about people who don't live in the real world, that have too much time on their hands, getting paid a pretty penny to feed this crap to anyone in office. It give me that nauseating feeling to listen to the political analysts and their strong arm journalists to force feed us what the horse left in the corner.

And as American voters we buy into it, we drink the Kool-Aid. "No" you say? Think about this. Only half of eligible American voters exercise their right to vote on any given election. And how many of the other half allow the likes of CNN, FOX News, MSNBC, Rush Limbaugh, IMUS, and G. Gordon Liddy (Remember that Watergate thing I mentioned before?) to determine who gets your vote? These people decide the elections, we're just cries from the dark.

Wanna prove me wrong? Vote your conscience in the next election. Do your own research. All political ads are one-sided, meant to make someone look better than another or others. Yes, it's difficult in this Information Age to actually get unbiased opinions, and the TRUTH, the REAL story. So let's get to the truth about our candidates and prove me wrong.

I wanna hear from you. Please feel free to post comments. I can also be reached on Twitter at @yellowrs999

John Crawford

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