A shipmate of mine, put a comment in his blog about the current election and the people running. He wondered what our forefathers such as Washington, Jefferson and Adams would think of the candidates we have today. Well, I don't know for sure, but I don't think that they would be too impressed. I know that I am not.
I normally don't talk politics or religion with folks, since it is the easiest way to cause hard feelings and ruin friendships in the shortest amount of time. (Well, other than with my brother-in-law who is pretty much a bum, and I just LOVE yanking his chain) I figure most folks know where I stand since I don't hold back in my views and beliefs. I am very conservative in nature, thought, word and deed, sometime even to the right of Attila the Hun. However, I will 'fess up that I can have some liberal views on subjects which would surprise and shock most folks that know me.
This crop of politicians that are currently running for office are (As Jed Clampett would say) pitiful, just pitiful. I have yet to hear one of them say what they would do (if elected) in a clear and understandable manner. All I hear is we need to change, that change is good and I know better than the other candidate(s). No details on how or what they would change, no facts, nothing concrete, nothing but rhetoric and photo ops. I didn't expect any better, since they ARE politicians. Even the "conservative" candidate doesn't make me too happy. I have a great deal of respect for him for the pure hell he when through for 5 1/2 years in a North Vietnamese prison as a POW. But I have to wonder just what they did to him in that time. Anybody remember the movie "The Manchurian Candidate"? (Some people think I am evil and mean for even thinking that kind of thing)
But what REALLY bothers me is not the politicians, but rather the voters. I had a talk with my sister's kid, (A R.N. with three kids) and she told me that she was going to vote for Obama because he was "nice". Not for his ideas or policies, not because she felt there needed to be a change in the direction of the country, but because she thought he was nice. Again, I shouldn't be too surprised since I can remember when Bill Clinton was running for his second term and all the scandals came out, I heard several people say "I am going to vote for him anyway, because he seems like such a nice person" We have turned elections into nothing more that popularity contest, very much like we did in high school for the class president. If you look good, smile well and don't say anything that pisses anyone off, you can be president.
I would say that if Washington or Adams came back today and saw what the average citizen does with their right to vote, they would be very stunned and disappointed and more than likely, sick to their stomach.