Monday, February 15, 2016

Presidential Candidates A Total Embarrassment!

Whether you're a Democrat or a Republican, you can't possibly be proud of the people running for nomination in this presidential race. Every single one of them from Clinton to Trump spend their time maligning the others instead of outlining their plans for a better tomorrow.

While visiting my hubby who is currently in the hospital, my ten-year-old granddaughter, Brenna, whispered to me that she hated politics.  When I asked her what she knew about politics, she said she didn't understand what the word actually meant, but every time she saw one of the candidates they had on fake smiles while they talked mean about everybody else, and the people in the crowd yelled and clapped to show their approval.

Immediately the scene with Jesus, bloodied, beaten, and crowned with thorns,standing before a mob of angry people popped into my mind. Pilate, a famous political figure during Roman times, was flanked on either side by Jesus and a notorious criminal, Barabbas. So as not to be held responsible for the death of Christ, Pilate asked the crowd to make a choice. We all know the results of their vote, "Crucify him, crucify him," they yelled, choosing Jesus as the victim. To further show his lack of responsibility for their decision, Pilate dipped his hands into a water bowl to wash himself clean of any wrongdoing.

This is a perfect example of the meaning of politics as far as I'm concerned. The candidates take as many punches as they can to defile the others whether what they say has any founded credibility. The more mud they can sling, the happier they are. And if by chance, a potential nominee drops out of the race because he or she is bloodied and beaten beyond recognition, the others look for that water bowl to cleanse themselves of having anything to do with the premature departure of one more politician who might have been the person who could have done the most good.

It's been said that money is the root of all evil. The election process in our country today has more to do about who has the most money, rather than who is most qualified to be president. Consequently we have people running for the highest office in the land who have little to no experience in governing,
know next to nothing about the Constitution, and don't really care about the problems of every day people. Most of them are in it for the privilege of being called, Mr. President or Ms. President, and will say anything to achieve their objective. However once in office, all  promises made take a back seat to personal political gain.

If a ten-year-old can see through the ugliness of current politics, why can't we who have the power to vote? Instead of choosing a candidate who happens to represent our party, why not make it our business to study all those in the race and base our vote on gathered facts and careful assessment.

When Brenna asked me for whom I would be voting, I was sad to say that for the first time in my life I wasn't sure I'd be exercising my right to vote because the few I most-likely would have considered had already dropped out of the race. The rest of the candidates still vying for nomination, in my humble opinion, are a total embarrassment to our political system, to our beloved country, and above all, to themselves.