empty all my pockets if you like

Here is my political post for the year.

I’m so disappointed in the Obama administration. I hate how they are running the campaign. I don’t see how any independents can vote for him if I have issues with him.  I don’t get it. I see him losing in November. I really do. I don’t hope he loses. He isn’t that bad. It isn’t just his administration, I’m weary of all the Dems and even the liberals. I’m just through. Done. Tired.

Both sides are engaging in the negativity but perhaps I expected more from one side. Maybe it is because I live in a swing state and the commercials are finally getting to me. Or maybe I consume too much news.* I’m sure watching the Republican Convention isn’t helping. I don’t know. Maybe next week’s Democratic Convention will turn me on. I doubt it but I will give it a try.

*I need to go back to primarily listening to NPR. I used to listen every morning but then I started working from home and now I watch Morning Joe everyday. Is that the problem? 😉

As I’m typing this, I keep going “I don’t know. I don’t know” because I really don’t know what is bothering me so much.

Here is my Obama theory: He is waiting for his next term to do what he really wants to do. That is why he has to win. He knows he can’t lose or he has failed (despite passing health care reform and getting Bin Laden). Why has the election gotten so nasty? Obama knows he has to win. HAS TO or he will look like crap in history. The problem is that I don’t know what he really wants to accomplish. Are we on the same wavelength? He is so smart so I  don’t believe that he doesn’t see what I see. He has to know what is going on. He is f%$^ing brilliant! Maybe this is part of my frustration. Here is this intelligent man who is doing some WTF stuff. He must be waiting for his next term. That is the only thing that makes sense. (Plus he told a leader of another country just that).

On the other hand, I have no idea what kind of president Romney would be. I’m leaning towards not that bad of a president but since he keeps “changing his mind”, I don’t know what he would really do.  I do believe he is faking his hard core conservative beliefs. (But Paul Ryan is not faking it).  But who knows? He could have been faking it to be the governor of Massachusetts. I give up. I have no clue.

I’m not voting for Romney. That is not happening. There is no doubt in mind about that. So that leaves Obama. I guess I just want to be excited to vote in November. And I’m not. I don’t even want to go through the trouble of getting up at 5AM vote.  No, I’m not doing that. I just decided I’m voting on my lunch break. People where I live don’t tend to go crazy over voting so I doubt there will be a line and if there is, I guess I’m going back home. I am going to make myself vote. If I didn’t live in a swing state, I might let myself off the hook but I can’t not vote. I just can’t.

I don’t think Obama is the lesser of two evils. Politics has just gotten so bad that everyone is looking bad.

Through blogging it out, I have realized that I’m just not excited about voting for Obama but I will. And I’m really, really sick of this election cycle. It’s horrible (especially if you live in a swing state). I want to vote for a politician who stands for what I believe in. I did that once in a primary. I had hopes for Obama but…………

I just want to scream. It will over in November. Hopefully. Reminder: Gore V. Bush.

Did I just blog about how corrupt politicians are? *********BREAKING NEWS*******

I also just find some things about America really depressing. The lack of jobs. Companies aren’t going to stop sending jobs overseas if they can get work cheaper that way. (higher taxes for companies that outsource jobs – child, please!) Call me cynical, I think the jobs are gone for good. There is going to be a crisis. It will be worse than it is now.

The racial overtones of this whole election and the way the poor are getting shafted from both sides…maybe more on one side than the other.  Depressing.  I wish the poor would vote. I do understand why they don’t vote. I grew up poor (in the projects for about 5 years) so I get the mentality but it is still exasperating.  I’m reading a book about the penal system. This quote sort of reminds me of something going on in America today:

They repeatedly raised the issue of welfare, subtly framing it as a contest between hardworking blue-collar whites and poor blacks who refused to work. The not-so-subtle message to working-class whites was that their tax dollars were going to support special programs for blacks who certainly did not deserve them.

Sound familiar? I will have more quotes from The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander . Great book but a depressing message. 😦

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