We are in another election season and I’m trying to convince myself that based on the choice of candidates the only one I can responsibly vote for in the fall is Obama. In spite of the fact he has deeply disappointed and he did not make good on the promises he made during his election in 2008. One cannot honestly expect a politician to keep promises made in the heat of an election. Historically politicians will say anything they and their advisors believe will win an election. It doesn’t matter if it’s all lies, exaggerations and based on facts that are nothing more than the results of the most recent polls.
In all cases you have to follow the money to make out what is really going on. This time that includes the results of the Citizens United case. You know the one that states the First Amendment prohibited the government from restricting independent political expenditures by corporations and unions. (More info at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Citizens_United_v._Federal_Election_Commission)
Article two of the United States Constitution states in clause 5 the qualifications for President:
“No Person except a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States, at the time of the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the Office of President; neither shall any person be eligible to that Office who shall not have attained to the Age of thirty five Years, and been fourteen Years a Resident within the United States.”
There is no mention in clause 5 of religion, race, social status, wealth, or any of the other garbage that has cluttered the brains of talking heads this election season every time they mention President Obama.
It was reported in the media recently that the Republican Party has planned since the first day of President Obama’s term that he will not be reelected in 2012. They were determined to use any means and spare no expense to reach this goal. That might be the grand plan but it seems they have gone out of their way to make sure it fails. None of the Republicans who might be qualified in terms of knowledge, experience or temperament to be elected President has made it to the list of nominees the GOP ended up with. In my opinion Romney is no winner and only slightly less scary than Santorum and Newt are.