The ‘playing field’ is being ‘prepped’ as if according to a pre-determined script:
A) An increasingly unpopular war with no seeming end - based on questionable evidence of WMD - and supported by both political parties’ establishment;
B) Rising gas prices - (which rise at the drop of a hat) - and home heating fuel - all of which inject worry and cynicism into the body politic;
C) A series of scandals sweeping Washington DC - and which are infecting both political parties;
D) A burgeoning mess for senior citizens who suddenly cannot get their life-saving prescriptions filled - owing to the new Medicare Prescription Drug Program - a product of both political parties;
E) A so-called Mainstream Media which is increasingly shown to be full of fraud and bias and mis-reporting;
F) A corrupt business environment symbolized by Enron, World Com and so many others;
G) The Pentagon’s inability to get life-saving body armor for our troops in Iraq - until someone leaks the internal results of a Pentagon study and then, with 5 days, a shamed Pentagon announces a new shipment of the armor to Iraq;
H) The increased national debt and tragic trade deficit;
I) And the biggest scandal of all: the flood of illegal immigrants across our borders - a scandal which both parties happily turn their cheek to.
This list could go on and on.
It symbolizes the decay of our political leadership - and of character in America.
Today, our celebrity-driven culture idolizes the wrong traits: excessive pride, bragging, rudeness, greed and disgustingly brazen behavior.
And our leaders - in both parties - have shown themselves for what they are: more interested in being somebody instead of doing something.
Yes, all of this decay is ‘prepping the battlefield’ for something long predicted in this space: the inevitable successful run for the White House by an Independent Third Candidate who runs against both political parties for being corrupt co-conspirators in the internal decay of our once-great nation.
Ross Perot in 1992 was leading in all polls going into June of an election year - over an incumbent President Bush and Democrat nominee Bill Clinton. But Perot was strange, didn’t really want to win (he just wanted payback on Bush for a slight in the 1980's) and when he saw that he might indeed win he dropped out of the race. Then, a few months later and starved for attention, he re-entered the race, performed well in the presidential debates and won a respectable 19% of the popular vote.
Now, 16 years later, American has changed. All of the problems listed above have driven up the cynicism level. More and more voters express dismay over the political establishment. And we still have 3 long years to go!
Who will this Independent Third Candidate be?
Will he be some celebrity kookball like Donald Trump? If so, he will be lucky to garner 5 % of the vote.
But if this candidate has legitimate political credentials, is good on TV and can ‘connect’ with the voters, then he can win.
And his victory will be the beginning of something we desperately need in our country: a new political revolution.
Wednesday, January 18, 2006
I hope this John LeBoutillier article is about New York's Rudy Giuliani running for President: