By Michael A. Matteo
Another presidential election has come and gone. The endless campaign rhetoric, primaries, conventions, and debates have shifted from current events and are now a part of history as the Obama administration positions itself to take control of the executive branch of the United States government. Here are a few observations about the 2008 election:
1. Guilt by presidential party association with an unpopular president is far more significant (and detrimental) than guilt of being a member of a party that rules the legislative branch (Congress) and is, thus, responsible for fiscal policy. Republicans were never able to get the electorate to understand that the executive branch was one of two branches of government (the other being controlled by the likes of Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid both staunch Democrats) who made policies that have put the country in the economic mess where it currently resides. McCain went down in flames due to 8 years of George W. Bush’s ineptness.
2. It is ok to use race as a reason to vote for a candidate but not acceptable as a reason to vote against a candidate. African-Americans were merely taking “pride” in voting for Obama based on race but anyone who voted against him because of race is a racist.
3. Comedians who voted for Obama are the most sincere of all Americans because they gave up 4 years of great Palin material. Palin could have been the new Dan Quayle and that was reason enough for Leno and Letterman to both have voted Republican.
4. The word “change” will never be the same for me. Every time I saw an Obama sign that said, “CHANGE,” (given his tax hike plans and desire for income redistribution) all I could think of was, “The only money the government will allow me to keep in my pocket will be “change” as they will confiscate all of the bills from my wallet and bank account.
5. The Democrats and Republicans need to switch colors on the electoral map. Red, the traditional color of communism, is far better suited to the Democratic party whose candidate’s major position involved to redistributing wealth.
6. George W. Bush did for Republicans this year what the Edsel did for Ford in the late 1950’s.
7. The fact that incumbent Alaska Senator (a legislator convicted of 7 felony charges) Ted Stevens was not soundly voted out of office by the Alaska electorate (and at this writing may win that race) is a testimony to the ignorance and stupidity of the average voter in America who appears to be more consumed with American Idol contestants than their legislators.
8. The dominance of people to vote for either a Republican or a Democrat instead of a third party candidate reinforces the fact that no matter how bad things get under the direction of both major parties it is highly unlikely that there will ever be a significant third party in America.
9. A president-elect, during the term of an unpopular incumbent president, is very similar to a backup quarterback on a losing football team. Rarely does a backup (unless his name is Brady) makes his team a winner instantaneously and in some cases may end up being worse than the demoted starter.
10. Every election will involve some Hollywood personality stating, “If the Republican candidate wins, they will move out of the U.S.” Makes you just want to vote for a Republican just to get rid of the Hollywood limousine liberals, doesn’t it?
These are just a few things I learned from this election. What did you learn?
Mike Matteo is a resident of Tampa, Florida where he was a public and private high school teacher who taught classes in economics, history, psychology and philosophy. Mike has written twenty full-length feature films, has taught screenwriting at the University of South Florida. He has also written or co-authored three books. E-mail him at: firstname.lastname@example.org.