Saturday, September 8, 2012

The RNC and the DNC

I've really enjoyed watching the Republican and Democratic National Conventions over the past two weeks. I don't know all that much about politics and I don't really understand how everything works, but that being said, I DO try to be at least somewhat well-informed so that I can have a basic knowledge/understanding of the issues.

I have a love/hate relationship with politics (when it comes down to it, probably more hate than love) because I get so disgusted with it all! It really bothers me when one political party tries to paint the candidate from the other party as evil, scum of the earth who doesn't have the best interest of the citizens of our country at heart. 
Regarding President Obama and presidential candidate Mitt Romney, I don't think either of them are evil, and I think that they are basically trying to do what they think is best for the country. The fact is, they just don't agree on what the best thing for our country is.

I think it's interesting when the political parties have several potential candidates that they are trying to narrow down and how they all attack/criticize each other. But then when a candidate is decided upon they all rally around/promote that person. They go from criticizing and attacking them to endorsing them and singing their praises! I know that's how it works in politics, but I think it's funny. Like in 2008 when Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton were both vying to be the Democratic nominee. They both portrayed the other in a really bad light, but then after Obama was elected president he made Hillary his Secretary of State. If he really disagreed with her policies that much, then why would he want to appoint her to his cabinet?!

I can't stand when political candidates personally attack each other. I'm much more inclined to vote for a candidate that just says where they stand on the issues and why they think they're the best candidate for the job instead of making personal attacks against the other. There's also so much in politics that gets taken out of context, so it's hard to know what to believe.

I know that everyone is entitled to their opinion, but sometimes I get so sick of seeing people's political status updates on Facebook! I saw this so me e-card recently that made me laugh. Sometimes I don't mind people's political posts because I find it interesting to hear   their thoughts on different issues. Other people are completely over the top with their extreme opinions and incessant political posts!
Did everyone see Clint Eastwood's speech?! What a train wreck! I heard that the "empty chair" thing was a relatively last-minute/impromptu thing. I wish he would've decided against it because in my humble opinion it just made him look so ridiculous/foolish!

Something else that really bothers me when it comes to politics is when celebrities endorse a political candidate. It's quite clear where most of Hollywood stands when it comes to this election, since the majority of the celebrities out there are liberal and support Barack Obama. I wish celebrity endorsements weren't allowed on either side because I don't like celebrities using their status to trying influence others.

I do think that the state of our country is in turmoil right now and that things need to change. I voted for Barack Obama four years ago and I have to say that I haven't been entirely impressed with the job he's done as president. He did inherit one heck of a problem as far as the economy goes, but I don't feel like he's really done enough to change things. I'm not 100% sold on who I'm going to vote for yet, but I think our country definitely needs to go in a different direction than it is.

Wouldn't it be great if we could "all get along" (politically speaking) for the good of the country?! I know that people have different views/opinions on things, but I really think both sides have some good ideas (and some bad ideas, too!). If Republicans and Democrats could collaborate and combine their good ideas I think good things could happen for our country.

So who will win the election? I honestly don't think Mitt Romney stands a chance against Barack Obama (that's just what my gut is telling me) but I guess time will tell!


Maren said...

This comment has zero to do with politics but I hung out with Nate Bartschi on Thursday night and he was telling me about you and your incredible story/blog. I'm so impressed with your positive attitude and dedication. You seem to have taken your twist in life and are making the best of it. I hope you don't mind if I peek at your blog every once in awhile! Its so uplifting!

nicole said...

I appreciate your honesty. Yes, President did inherit a mess, and he is chipping away at it. I think if we just give him a little more time he can make that big dent you're looking for!

Anonymous said...

You might want to look at this before making up your mind:

There are a lot of things in the ACA that will help people who need extensive supports. These could be repealed if Romney wins, and it's not clear what he would replace it with.

I also suggest watching this on Friday:
Where hopefully we will get clear answers from the party reps about the candidates' stances on various issues that impact the daily lives of people with disabilities.

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