Every four years, the presidential elections drop further into a lapse of reason, using strategies to capture American voters that wouldn’t work on a fifth grader.
“South Park” created an accurate analogy of presidential elections during the episode in which the boys had to choose a new school mascot. The character Stan refused to vote because his options for mascot consisted of a giant douche and a turd sandwich. Subsequently, Stan was completely alienated from society.
That is what elections have become, though. When exercising the right the vote, Americans really do have to decide between a turd sandwich and a giant douche. The decision is ultimately made when a person realizes which of the two they would least mind running the country.
The political shenanigans of 2012 will be no different than past elections. In fact, things might possibly get worse.
One huge flashing red light signifying the demise of the U.S. political system is Donald Trump’s announcement that he is trying to get a bid as the Republican candidate in the 2012 election.
In an interview with NBC New York, in reference to campaign spending, Trump said, “I have a lot, and I would spend a lot if I needed to do that.”
During the 2008 election, Obama spent more money on his campaign than Clinton and McCain combined, making campaign spending a huge factor during elections, and Trump’s nomination for the Republican candidacy an all-too-real possibility.
Personally, the idea of “The Apprentice” host running our country is extremely unsettling, and it almost inspires support for Sarah Palin, former Alaskan governor.
What’s even more unsettling than Trump’s attempt at politics is the fact that he has more support than Palin.
In a recent poll conducted by CNN from April 29 through May 1, 2011, 1,034 Americans from across the country were interviewed over the phone, and asked to share their opinions about the 2012 presidential candidates. Of the people interviewed in the poll who identified themselves as Republicans, 14 percent approved of Trump as the Republican nominee with 11 percent backing Palin.
How is it that, among Republicans, a woman who nearly became our country’s vice president has less support than a man with no political experience and a questionable haircut? At least Palin’s hair looks nice while she’s blabbering about tax cuts.
Despite the minor advantage Trump may have over Palin, when the poll took into consideration views from all sides of the political spectrum, it found that 59 percent of Americans dislike Palin and 64 percent have a “negative view” of Trump.
This poll provides a small glimmer of hope in the lack of support for both Palin and Trump and also by shows the huge support for Ron Paul, a Texas congressman.
According to the poll, Paul has the best chance of any Republican candidate to beat Obama in the 2012 election, with the poll stating Paul trails Obama in approval by a mere seven points. This is a significant figure when compared to Trump and Palin’s support lagging behind Obama by nearly 20 points.
Paul was a one-time Libertarian party member with huge support from the Tea Party. He advocates state’s rights and a free-market economy.
As one of the few remaining honest politicians in the U.S., Paul has extensive knowledge of our country’s constitution.
Some of the most radical policies that Paul advocates are the abolition of the Federal Reserve and the decriminalization of narcotics. It is not hard to comprehend that these changes would be beneficial to our country in the long term if they are executed well.
Despite the inefficient mess that is American politics, Paul represents a change that we can actually believe in. If Paul can claim the Republican nomination for the 2012 election, at least one candidate won’t be a giant douche or a turd sandwich.