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The Gloves Are Off…Let The True Colors Show!

As the race for the presidential nominations for the Republicans and Democrats heats up it is clear that the rhetoric of clean campaigning uttered by candidates only a few months ago was nothing more than hot air. The same candidates who speak of new ways of doing business and bringing great change have resorted to the same old and tired attack ad mentality that has plagued campaigns for decades. So much for a new spirit of hope in Washington…

What are the American people to do? Whenever the chips are down the politicians seem to crawl right back into the muck and slime of mudslinging politics. When it was early in the race and nobody had won a primary yet, everyone was nice to one another and talked about staying away from attack politics. Once there was a race on, that all went out the window and people are attacking each other on everything from family values to their race and gender being a factor in their campaign. This race is shaping up to be one of the uglier races in recent memory on both sides of the aisle. When you add in the sideline commentaries from people like Paul Begala and Rush Limbaugh it becomes even uglier. It seems that the people running politics have lost the ability to have a healthy debate with a modicum of civility. The time may be here to look to a third party to bring some balance back to the political process. Sadly, no strong third party has emerged to take on the two major parties.

The only third party to show any promise keeps putting the perennial unelectable candidate Ralph Nader up for the nation to vote for. To be taken seriously they, like the two major parties need new blood. If the Green Party, or any independent third party for that matter, were to get a strong presidential candidate they might have a chance to make a dent in the two-party system. Perhaps one thing they might try is to get some of the Hollywood crowd behind them. The Green Party historically has taken stands that are in line with many prominent actors and musicians who often speak out about politics. If they could convince the high profile activists to support them instead of the politics-as-usual crowd in the Democratic and Republican parties, they could make some real progress in shaking up the system that keeps the rich and powerful in control of everything.

In the meantime, we are left with choosing between the lesser of evils in the same old races with different faces. This exercise in futility has become nothing more than a changing of the guard for the do-nothings who live to serve at the beck and call of the wealthiest Americans with rare exception. Those already in power say it is treasonous to speak of revolution, but when the people of a nation decide that they are not being served by their leaders it is their duty to remove them from power. Thomas Jefferson said that occasionally the tree of liberty must be watered with the blood of tyrants and patriots. Have we come to a time where the tree is demanding its watering? With legislation like the PATRIOT Act and development of the Department of Homeland Security, how close are we getting to a state where the basic freedoms our nation were founded on have become so eroded that we must stand up and fight for our freedom in order to preserve the American way?

The politicians offer us more of the same old talk while their actions speak volumes about their priorities. The security of our nation is not enhanced by sacrificing the freedoms our country was built on. The well being of our people is not enhanced by the empowering of corporations to make higher profits at the expense of the people who made the corporations successful in the first place. America is not made greater by making the rest of the world hate us for throwing our weight around. The lies compounded with the errors of our leaders are leading us down a path of destruction. The true colors of the politicians are once again being seen in the ads they run and the rhetoric of their attacks on one another out on the campaign trail. The Democrats and Republicans are equally nasty and equally willing to do anything to take and hold power. It is time we start paying attention and stop accepting that we must choose the lesser of the evils. Democracy is about choices and we can choose to mark the box next to the best person for the job instead of the party we are used to voting for. The only question is do you have the courage to actually vote your conscience instead of your party?

Troy Wilson-Ripsom - Staff Writer | Give your feedback on this article.

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