With the midterm elections coming upon us, we are again starting to see the tired "Us against Them" debates. They are not truly debates, but rather label-tossing when the brain is unable to come up with a reasonable argument on the issue being discussed. When in doubt call the opponent a name that you think will discredit him. Playground politics.
If you're against our involvement in the Middle East, you are labeled a Liberal. If you're against spending on social programs, you're considered a Conservative. If you're against the war on drugs, you're a liberal. If you want to incarcerate pot-smokers, you're a conservative. A Conservative is strong on terror, a Liberal is weak on terror (weak on terror is a phrase that is used when the the label throwing doesn't work...playground excrement...the nuclear bomb to end all arguments, post 9/11).
If you're liberal, your left-wing, if you're conservative you're right-wing....blah, blah, blah, ad infinitum. No such thing as middle ground or indepentent thought anymore.
There is a good portion of the American people who don't see things as strictly black or white as portrayed by our "leaders". There are actually Americans who think for themselves and dislike being labeled by the teeter-totter of current American political thinking. Unfortunately we're all stuck on the teeter-totter because that's exactly where they want us. A house divided is a house conquered. Note the last two presidential elections and the divisiveness that has permeated our country. We've never been so far apart as a nation, one half against the other half, blue against red, etc. In the past it was the political blowhards who fought, now it has become you and I.
Third-party voters will never have an impact because of the good old boy mentality set up by our two-party system on both sides of the fence. Every single one of them is better off than most of us. That is why the American voter is disgusted and doesn't bother to vote.
We could take a lesson from other democratic nations on how we run our elections. There should be a primary with ALL of the candidates on a single ballot, no "parties" involved. The top three vote-getters are then placed on the national ballot. The winner must have over 50% of the votes or otherwise it goes down to the top two and the one with the most votes in that final election wins in the final vote. A FAIR vote, not a Florida vote. A national vote, not an electoral college vote. Each vote should count as a single vote in a national referendum for our national leaders.
Our voting rights are being maligned. That is why we have the lowest voter turnout of the democratic countries in the world. Our vote truly doesn't count. Throw in illegal voting procedures and it's a recipe for disaster. We've seen it and it's only going to get worse. Venezuela's Chavez has an active interest in the electronic voting machines being used in our country. How stupid is that? We have a whole lot of foxes watching our henhouse. And us hens are sitting here squawking at each other when we should be squawking at the foxes.
Let's drop the liberal vs. conservative dialogue, start focusing on real issues and get the United States of America back on track by 1) revamping our election procedures by dropping the two-party joke and the electoral college, 2) ensuring fair elections that cannot be tainted by an internal or foreign power and 3) re-uniting our citizens to common goals that we can work for side-by-side instead of facing off with each other with bayonettes fighting the enemy's battle for him.