Thursday, May 18, 2006

Who am I? Why am I here?

War hero and scholar James Stockdale would've been the best commander in chief of all the presidential and vice-presidential candidates seeking the Oval Office in '92. Too bad he committed the cardinal sin of being bad on TV, thus ending a distinguished life as a punchline.

Nearly two decades later, has there ever been a better time for a third-party candidate? Look at the alternatives. The Democrats are feckless prisoners of self-serving special interests, while the GOP are feckless prisoners of different self-serving special interests. Neither is much interested in governance or reform, just winning. So you're left with choosing between the lesser of evils: Michael Moore or big oil? Teachers unions or pharmaceutical companies? It's a false choice, and each will send America down the road to ruin.

Obviously we don't want to re-live the Perot experience (though I cast my first ballot for that crazy bastard, and I'm not yet regretting it), but we desperately need a better option. The ideal candidate would be McCain, but he's clearly concluded that it's easier to cozy up to the far right than to run under the banner of an untested party. Can't blame his calculus, but there's got to be a better way.

I'm convinced America is ready for another alternative. Do you know any independent thinkers who are truly satisfied with the Democrats or Republicans? If you value our democracy, then you can't be anything but disgusted over our current political framework. There's no middle ground: both parties are bankrupt, morally and ideologically.

So who's the nation's savior? Your recommendations are welcome.

1 comment:

  1. Are YOU old enough to run? : ) I'd do it myself, but, you know, too many skeletons in the closet. I also wish that McCain had the guts to break away and run as an Independent. He does not fit into the Republican mold, but, because he does align with them on certain issues and wear their banner, that stops a lot of moderate Democrats and Independents or other 3rd parties from supporting him, fully. Pre-packaged politicians are all up for grabs to the highest bidder; unfortunately, the masses vote for whomever has the slickest catch-phrase and cranks out the simplest PR (again, Lowest Common Denominator) -- this whole, "people voted for GW because he's a guy they could picture having a beer with" is just the saddest commentary on how this huge and once-hard-working country chooses its leader.

    I got nothin'.