Sunday, October 26, 2008

THE PRESENT STATE OF AFFAIRS

Although this is a blog called Poetically Speaking, I have to depart from that for a bit and just air my frustrations, hoping you will indulge me. Just for tonite, I'll rename this blog, Politically Speaking.

I am just so sick and tired of this blasted presidential campaign and the constant criticism of one candidate or another. Why can't it merely be, this is what I believe and what I intend to do if elected? I don't pretend to be an expert on the all the issues or completely well-informed about every aspect of each candidate's platform. What I do know is that all this rhetoric about "he voted for this but I voted for that" and "when this came up for a vote, he voted for more taxes for you and yours, but I didn't do that." "I will lower your taxes." "No, I will." Half the time when these things come up for a vote they tack on so many other things, it's amazing anything gets done or goes through.

And then there's the money that the presidential candidates are still raising for their campaigns. All this expensive air time merely to discredit their opponent and insult our intelligence with the He said/He said. When these two candidates get interviewed and are asked some pretty basic questions, every answer is vague or it's spun in such a way as to be nothing more than political-speak. After a while it becomes just a nauseating humming noise in my ears, a dull drone. No wonder people don't trust politicians! Promises, promises, promises and what will really be the end result regardless of who gets into office? It's anybody's guess.

I know, I know, I don't sound like a good citizen. I'm just blowing off some steam. I can assure you that I will vote. I consider it a privilege. All I'm saying is, I'll be darn glad when this campaigning thing is over and we can see what will be done by our new president, whoever he is. As a side note, I don't envy whoever wins the crown! Our country is in such a terrible state that this will not be an easy fix, assuming it is fixable, and the fix, so to speak, will not come quickly.

I may get disenchanted with The Present State of Affairs, I may even worry about it, or, like tonite, blow off some steam about it. But at the end of the day, I realize that I have a lot more to be thankful for than I have to be worried about. I have two beautiful children, a wonderful husband, two unbelievable grandchildren, an extended family that brings me so much joy and friends that are so exceptional, that my blessings far outweigh anything negative in politics or the world, for that matter. God has blessed me with so many wonderful things in my life, the best being His love and grace, and He is my source of comfort and strength. It may be a difficult time in our country's economy but God is the one to trust, the one who's really in charge.

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