Today is election day. Soon, very soon, we in the United States will have a new leader, a new President to usher out the horrific eight years of George W. Bush and enter us into a new era.
I really, really hope that whoever wins does the best they can for this country. I hope that we start to turn things around, get our budget under control, stop waging war on the wrong countries and get back to respectability and reason. I think that either candidate has the potential to do this. But the question is: will they?
To want to be the president you have to really Believe in what you are doing. You have to have an unerring certainty that you and only you are the best person for the job. To want to vote for somebody, you have to believe that they are right and have faith in their capabilities. You have to know what they think, what they will do, what they stand for.
The problem comes when you start looking at the candidates and sifting through the mountains of lies they’ve told us. Suddenly you ask yourself: just what does this guy really think? Underneath the doubletalk, the distorted facts, the carefully pruned speeches, what will this person do for us? Thinking seriously about the campaign, it’s hard for me to believe in either Obama or McCain. Both of them are filthy liars who would sell their own mothers if the price was right. Both of them are politicians at heart, and a large part of me wonders if they really believe in anything at all beyond themselves. Anybody who promises panaceas to the public should be treated with extreme caution, and there’s no shortage of I Can Fix Every Single Problem in this election.
Yet despite my distrust and disgust with both major candidates I have a small glimmer of hope buried somewhere deep inside of me. Somewhere deep inside me, I hope that whoever wins the presidency will do us all right, make the changes that need to be made and avoid making things worse.
But let’s be realistic.
Truthfully? I’m not optimistic. Whether McCain or Obama wins I think we’re doomed. Despite all the rap about change I think we’re in for more of the same reckless spending, empty promises, and outright lies from our government. We are in for four more years of mindless blather from our leaders and the media, four more years of the gradual erosion of civil liberties in the name of the greater good. No matter how reluctantly I march with it, Time marches on and empires evolve. I just hope and pray that no matter who takes the election, we move in the right direction this year. I’m trying to hold on to that little glimmer of hope, but we’ll see what happens.
I can’t make a succint point here. To wrap it up I leave you with the words of Norah Jones.
‘Twas Halloween and the ghosts were out, And everywhere they’d go, they shout, And though I covered my eyes I knew, They’d go away.
But fear’s the only thing I saw, And three days later ’twas clear to all, That nothing is as scary as election day.
But the day after is darker, And darker and darker it goes, Who knows, maybe the plans will change, Who knows, maybe he’s not deranged.
The news men know what they know, but they, Know even less than what they say, And I don’t know who I can trust, For the come what may.
’cause we believed in our candidate, But even more it’s the one we hate, I needed someone I could shake, On election day.
But the day after is darker, And deeper and deeper we go, Who knows, maybe it’s all a dream, Who knows if I’ll wake up and scream.
I love the things that you’ve given me, I cherish you my dear country, But sometimes I don’t understand, The way we play.
I love the things that you’ve given me, And most of all that I am free, To have a song that I can sing, On election day.