THE BULL AND THE BIZARRE
Campaign Focuses on Non-Issues
by Richard Mr. Moo Moore
September 14, 2008
Once again, there continues to be much ado about nothing in the political contest.
Earlier this week, Barack Obama made the comment that John McCain and the Republicans' plan for reforming government and being "agents of change" was like putting "lipstick on a pig".
Immediately, Republicans jumped on the issue saying that Obama was making a sexist comment about VP candidate Sarah Palin.
It's ironic that everyone is jumping on the lipstick comment, when McCain and Palin have been using it all along. Gov. Palin made a comment about lipstick during her acceptance speech in St. Paul a couple of weeks ago. She said she was a "hockey mom" and said the only thing that was different between being a hockey mom and a pit bull was the lipstick.
McCain actually used the "lipstick on a pig" comment when discussing the policies of Hillary Clinton earlier this year.
When it comes right down to it, probably both campaigns are guilty of putting "lipstick on a pig". There seems to be nothing new with either of the approaches that the two major parties are taking. Both campaigns are screaming "change" and the only thing that seems to change is the nameplate on the president's desk.
Another thing that doesn't change is the distractions that are in every campaign that do not address the issues but smear the opponent.
Maybe, just maybe Ron Paul has a good idea. Vote for someone other than the nominees of the two major parties. I've been there and done that in the past and I still am frustrated.
But there is one idea that might work.
NOTA. None of the above.
Imagine what the main stream press would have to say on election night if 5% or 10% cast their vote for NOTA. It might not even take that much. It might take just enough to affect the outcome of one state. Remember the chaos of November and December of 2000?
But if we reflect upon what we got in that election (8 years of W), I could see why that in and of itself would scare folks.
Sigh, what's a voter to do?
About the Author:
Mr. Moo can be a little cynical but no matter what, he sure doesn’t 4 more years of the same.
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