Politics Needs To Be More Like March Madness – Reprinted from the Platte County Landmark
I contribute a weekly column to the Platte County Landmark under the “Rambling Moron” name. It’s a great Northland Newspaper and well worth a subscription. The following is an copy of my article
which appeared in the 2/8/12 edition – printed with permission.
I know that there are some outstanding columnists on this page that do a much better job talking about politics, but I’m going to give it a try this week. Let me first tell you that I know about as much about politics as my wife does about the Olympic beach volleyball team. My voting record has been all over the board in Presidential elections. I think I voted for Reagan, Perot, Bush 43 and Obama, which I think qualifies me as an illegal alien.
I guess I just go with the flow, listen to a few speeches and go with my instinct.
However, I’m confident that my vote doesn’t count and that I’ll hate whomever I voted for 20 minutes after he takes the Oath of Office. Except Reagan. I liked that guy.
So, that brings me to this year. I think it’s down to Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich. Although it easily could be Charlie Brown and Katie Holmes. And it now seems like Romney is the odds-on-favorite to win the Republican nomination. I’m not for or against either one of these guys, I’m simply…ambivalent. They both seem like absolute d-bags. I know that’s not why you’re supposed to vote for someone. You’re supposed to vote on the issues.You’re supposed to vote on the choice of smaller or larger government. You’re supposed to vote for or against a strong national defense. You’re supposed to vote for or against an economic recovery.
Other than those who are following the race very closely, can anyone tell me which one is better at any of those? Would Obama be the better choice? Katie Holmes? She did some very good work on Dawson’s Creek.
I see Landmark columnist Brian Kubicki calling Obama a “Marxist” and Landmark columnist Chris Stigall pontificating on the glory of conservatism. But have either of the two parties really done anything? Has government gotten so far detached from the common man, that no election can really improve our environment? It only seems to be taking more things away from us, and filling the television with a lot of yelling.
Politics needs to be made more like the March Madness basketball tournament. Where you have a clear beginning, middle and end. You start, are challenged to solve the country’s problems, and then if you don’t make enough progress, you “lose” and move along. Survive and advance. Maybe folks would be motivated to make the country better if they couldn’t come back next year. For now, it just seems that the goal is to confuse the voter into voting for whomever is glossy enough to move on. Kind of like American Idol. Or one of the Housewife shows.
In sports there is a saying, “leave it all on the floor.” Politics isn’t sports, it’s show business. And I’m not in the mood for that movie… Unless Katie Holmes is in it.