Apparently, each camp in this campaign is waiting to fire the main barrage, in what has been touted as a billion-dollar campaign for the presidency, until near the actual election day with hopes of bringing the other to his political knees, thus ensuring a win in the November vote.
The economy, which seems to be the main focus of the campaign, is really down, unemployment is up, but things are improving ever so slightly, much to the chagrin of the Republicans. How do you battle success, however slight?
Europe’s economies are struggling and, of course, the Republicans would dearly love to somehow throw this problem into the lap of their opponent if they could only find a chink in Obama’s international policies armor.
Unrest in the Middle East, the Afghan war, uncertainties in North Korea, Pakistan and Iran — there really isn’t an end to possible fodder for challengers to dig in to find something to strengthen their candidate’s election outcome. Rest assured, the Republicans will dig in feverishly.
Apparently the American voters (those who will ultimately actually vote, that is) are fairly well divided as to whom they want for their next president. I think one of the major problems causing the division among the voters is they don’t see any candidate who offers any kind of inspiration for our country in the future. I think the American voters are stagnated by having been beaten down by worries over jobs, housing, education costs, medical issues, wars, immigration and world events.
The average voter is numbed by all the worry in their life. The fact that neither candidate offers any real solutions further numbs the voters. Obama is at least trying to correct things and apparently progress is slowly being made, but it still is taxing on the voters. Obama holds a slight edge in the polls possibly due to the public’s understanding that the devil you know is better than the one you don’t. The fact that more progress isn’t being made could well be attributable to the constant bickering and lack of compromise in both houses of Congress on both sides of the aisle, particularly when it comes to passing social legislation.
A look back through our country’s history, when our country was in a time of major stress, the voters retained the president for another term. In short, they didn’t change horses midstream. They kept Lincoln during the Civil War, Wilson during World War I, FDR the Depression and World War II, Truman the Korean War, Eisenhower the Cold War, LBJ Vietnam (he quit rather than run again), Nixon Vietnam and China, George Bush II Iraq and Afghanistan (he started both over Osama Bin Laden, et al).
Romney is coming on like the proverbial genie out of the bottle. The only thing he hasn’t promised is that the public will get three wishes if he is elected. Obama on the other hand hasn’t really promised anything either except that the road ahead is not going to be easy, but if we stay the course things will improve. However, no candidate has a political Ouija board.
Despite all of our problems in this country, we still are the best show in town when it comes to our way of life, our spirit as a nation and the resolve of our people when it comes to unpleasant situations. We will prevail as a people. That is the beauty of our country. The world agrees, evidenced the fact that people continually strive to come here from all over the world. They know we are a better place to live, grow and thrive in so many ways.
Amazingly, our people will survive this presidential campaign as they run the gauntlet of political rhetoric and media ad blitz and will make their choice heard in the November election. And nobody will get hurt.
Larry Wilson is a 50-year resident of Sparks and a retired elementary school teacher. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.