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Politicians Playing Politics

One of these days, we will incorporate the battle royal platform from the Hunger Games into a full-fledged unfathomable, blood orgy free-for-all between our country’s politicians.  Oh…my…Gawd, how magnanimously awesome was that movie?  Sorry I’m losing my focus; this column has nothing to do with the Hunger Games…maybe next time.

Now that my newborn obsession with Katniss Everdeen is somewhat out of the way, I would like to propose a small piece of legislation, seeing as how all of our nation’s “leaders” have been so entranced with election season that they have neglected their congressional duties for the better part of 2011 and nearly all of 2012.  My proposal?  Limit the United States Presidential election to 60 days.  If politicians can’t get out what they need to say in two months, then I don’t have any faith in them to accomplish much in four years.  Another question:  why is it called “Election Season” when occupant politicians spend the last year and a half of their terms campaigning?

Don’t get me wrong: I’m all for democracy and holding elections, but in the amount of time it takes to have one, politicians could be tackling more important problems such as the insanity brewing in the Middle East right now.  Has anybody been paying attention to that at all?  Taliban insurgents are claiming that their rivers will run with the blood of the Americans and we’re just yapping away over how racist that country hillbilly is who shot Treyvon Matthews.  Yeah, it sucks that he was killed, but its over,  quit squabbling over the details because in the end, nobody will ever know what really happened except for Treyvon and Zimmerman, and for politicians: quit trying to use this mishap as political ammo to portray yourself as someone who cares.  If you really do care, extend your condolences without informing the media first, eherm….Obama.

It has reached a point where political parties are afraid to propose any legislation prior to an election for fear that the outcome of their proposals may result in the loss of their seat in Congress.  I’m still waiting for the day when a politician steps in and decides to do what he truly believes is best for his country instead of what’s best for his political party.

To me, the American presidency has become little more than a glorified game of King of the Hill.  One party fights and does whatever is necessary to gain the Presidency and a majority in either the House or the Senate, and then they spend the majority of their time in office trying to hold on to it or pass it off to someone of the same political ideology.  

It makes me wonder: why do people even pursue political careers if their agenda revolves around the epicenter of political campaigning instead of changing the world for the betterment of Americans?

Recently Obama was recorded (unbeknownst to him) in a conversation with the Russian President Dmitri Medvedev regarding the controversial topic of missile defense informing Medvedev that he would more effectively address the situation after his election saying:  “This is my last election.  After my election, I have more flexibility.”  Funny thing is, his actions have been reflecting this quote ever since the debt-ceiling crisis that took place in the summer of 2011.  

I understand that I can’t strictly bash Obama for playing politics instead of governing the U.S., I’m sure there are some guilty Republicans out there as well, but this “me first, country later” attitude that our politicians have adopted does not exemplify professional leadership at all, and if our politicians are adamant in adopting this ideology, then they should at least couple it with the “do as I say, not as I do” philosophy.  Hopefully, then our younger generation of aspiring politicians will be more motivated than their predecessors to get the United States of America back to its former glory and out of range of China’s pimp-hand.


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