WASHINGTON November 4, 2014 — Super Tuesday is upon us and the country waits with bated breath for the results of a momentous election. Tomorrow, after all, could see a fundamental shift of power in Washington if the Polls hold true. Washington could be seeing red on Wednesday morning.
With all that bluster and bravado aside, we are already looking past the looming midterms to the big show, the 2016 Presidential Elections. Tomorrow of course has far reaching implications for those races, and for the remainder of President Obama’s term, but who will be the next president of the United States is a question which weighs heavily on all of us.
When we consider who we would want to vote for, and who is currently in the running to take the throne, a few names come to mind. For the Democrats, it would seem as though Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden are the top contenders, with Gov. Martin O’Malley vying for spotlight in the wings. For the Republicans, Gov. Chris Christie and former Gov. Jeb Bush are in the mix to lead the stampede into the White House.
Therein lies the problem. When we look back at how our country got to where it is today, with debt, war, weak foreign policy, weakened economy, supplanted global position, and we see who it was that lead us here, it is the same people we see on the ballot.
If we look at the two major contenders for the 2016 Presidential Election, we see Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush.
Hillary Clinton, former senator from New York, former Secretary of State, and former first lady of the United States. Wife to Bill Clinton, the president who presided over one of the largest economic expansions in American history. But where are her accomplishments? She is an incredible politician, an able practitioner of the American political game, but she is not a leader. To many, she represents the ideological mindset shared by those in power who have led us to our current situation.
In fact, she was part of that leadership with a very high level of involvement. Yet she will run on her ability as a leader to address the problems that she helped create.
Jeb Bush is more of the same. He represents the brand of Republicanism in American politics which believes that the best way to limit the power of a vast and overreaching federal government is to implement various policies using that vast and overreaching federal government.
Just like his brother, George W. Bush, Jeb would most likely attempt to fix this nations problem of too much government with more government. Yet he will run on his ability and willingness to address the problems that those like him helped to create.
When it comes down to it, those who are the top contenders, those who are taken seriously for the presidential run, represent a grave problem with our political system. Those who were responsible for the problems we are currently facing seek to hold office based on their alleged ability to address those problems. Six years after President Bush and fourteen after President Clinton and we are facing a potential 2016 Presidential race with the theme “Bush v. Clinton.”
All over the country races are more of the same, the political life blood of the United States is a stagnant pool, never moving and collecting disease and decay. New faces attempting to get in on the game are shunned or shamed, learned and energetic individuals with grand ideas are cast aside for candidates with the more experienced hand, or the more recognizable name. It comes as no shock, and it is no revelation to anyone, but it is not about electing the person with the best ideas, but electing the person deemed the most electable.
In Florida for example, the governor’s race is a dead heat between the former governor, and the present governor. Could no new blood be introduced to this contest? Are we doomed as a country to be presented mediocre, politically savvy candidates over those individuals who would actually govern the best given the job?
The United States was never meant to have royalty, or ruling families, yet a even a cursory look at our history would show that such a concept has never truly been upheld, only flaunted and paid token tribute.
We are on the precipice of a Presidential Election which is to be contested between the son and brother of former presidents, and the wife of another. We have seen every year, every election cycle that those who promise to make changes only succeed in stealing your dollar and your vote. And every election cycle we see those same people pleading for another chance to go back to Washington and give them hell.
When does it end?
When do the doctors, and engineers, and teachers help lead this country? When do those who have a hand in the rise and fall of this country actually have a chance to make a difference? All that we started here in the United States, a land of free, enterprising people with a healthy fear of government and a willingness to not abide tyrants and oppressive political ideology.
Yet here we stand, at the brink of the midterms, and on the footsteps of the next presidential election, seemingly with no other options to choose from except the devils we know.
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