So, election day is finally here. On the one side, we have a somewhat dimwitted candidate that has involved us in a preposterous war with a country that has never attacked us… ever. He does however want to buy your vote by offering tax cuts.
On the other side, we have a candidate that would make Karl Marx blush. One so liberal, that he makes Ted Kennedy seem moderate, and that wants to raise your taxes. Because what we really need is for the government to have even more of our money.
And so, when given the choice between the lesser of two weasels, what do you do? Throw away your vote on a third party candidate?
I don’t think so. This race is too close to have throw away votes. Let’s for a moment, throw out the overshadowing facts that are detracting from the issues. That means we forget for the moment about Iraq, and we forget that Kerry has screwed almost every living small business owner.
Let’s look at some other topics, so you can decide:
1. Abortion: Bush is against, Kerry is for. You either think it’s good, or you think it’s bad. If you think you can abstain from the topic, perhaps you should just stay home today.
2. Taxes: Bush will cut, and has a track record of doing so. Kerry will increase taxes on the “rich” (ie people making over 60k per year).
3. Welfare: Bush wants to reduce government spending on welfare, Kerry wants to increase it.
4. Military: Bush wants to increase military spending, Kerry wants to cut it.
5. Bush is opposed to gay weddings, Kerry is for them.
6. Bush has had actual jobs that were not political. Kerry is a lifer in the Senate, and his only business success was marrying into Heinz.
7. Bush may not have completed his active service in the National Guard. Kerry fought in Vietnam for 2 months and went home after getting shrapnel in his left buttock.
8. Bush thinks “In God We Trust” still reflects the moral foundation of America. Kerry thinks “God” has no place in anything except churches.
9. Bush has presided over a crappy economy. If Kerry is elected, that’s not going to change any faster than if Bush is re-elected.
10. Bush believes in counter-cyclical government spending. Kerry believes in raising taxes when things are tough.
Today I heard people talking about how certain people can’t vote because “the man” is keeping them down. Huh? What the heck are you talking about? You don’t have a car to get to the voting booth? Walk. Take a cab. Ride your bike. You aren’t registered to vote? Hello… register. You are bedridden? Vote through the mail. There are no excuses. Either you take the time to do it, or you don’t. But if you don’t, it’s not right to blame someone else.
Is that the same argument that poor people have no choice but to join the military if they don’t go to college? (“back door draft”) That sounds like bunk to me, first of all. If you don’t go to college, you have certain options. They are the same for ANYONE that doesn’t go to college. You can learn a skilled trade. You can flip burgers. You can grind it out and work your way up a company. You can start your own business. You can go to the community college and establish a good track record. Just because you can’t get into a college doesn’t mean you don’t have options. If the reason you can’t go to college is poor high school performance, perhaps we should focus our attention on that for a moment…
Anyone can excel and learn in high school. Even the worst high school in the world will teach you something if you pay attention, read the books, and occassionally attend class. You can’t blame the school system if you don’t learn anything. Very well educated kids come out of crappy high schools all the time, so it has to be more than just the school system. It’s up to the student to apply themself and work hard. If they don’t, then screw them. They don’t deserve extra opportunities. They will just have to suck it up and work twice as hard to make it. That doesn’t mean you can’t make it big if you screwed off in high school. It just means it’s gonna be harder.
The gist of it is… your success is your responsibility. It’s not up to your parents, your friends, your school counselor, the government, “the man”, or society. It’s you. This is America. You can pull yourself up by your own bootstraps here. It’s a matter of will, determination, and patience. If you feel like you’re in a dead end… make a change. It’s not up to someone else to make your life better. It’s up to you.