This election cycle has to be one of the most disgraceful, dishonest and disheartening in a long, long time.
I'm not that old. The 2000 and 2004 elections are the only past elections I've been interested in, but I think its fair to say that when the so-called professional media is openly biased for one candidate and disgustingly hostile towards the other, and when rumors about a candidate's birth and faith are more important than talking about his philosophy and questionable judgment, something is quite rotten.
One of my biggest pet peeves in politics and all its surrounding subjects is that of intellectual dishonesty: the pushing of a point one knows to be wrong. There are two major parts that get me. The first is the press. The press, obviously not intellectual, but I digress, has been in such pit for a while. As I pointed out a few days ago, the pushing of the race card by the left media not long after asking for race to be kept from the election fits this perfectly. The other part is Obama, his supporters and their talk of the Senator's "post-partisan" belief. Any truly intellectual person cannot call Obama "post-partisan" when Obama's ideas are obviously not. High taxation on the rich (see producers), new regulation, iffy on the Second Amendment, "spreading the wealth", his views on abortion and on the Constitution... all liberal or leftist. John McCain, someone who has truly worked with the rival party on several bills, has yet to be considered "post-partisan" or even a moderate during this election.
I'm no fan of McCain, the GOP or our current two-party system, but I call people's ideologies as they are. If McCain was far right, or the GOP truly economically right-wing, I'd say so, and many others would say so too. Honesty, at least intellectual honest, has to reign from this nation's pages and blogs. If we are to truly draw lines, find differences and vote for people instead of voting against people, the intellectuals of this nation must pull their heads out of their tenures, salaries and political party social functions and see the world through the eyes of reality and not the view of a partisan hack.
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