Monday, 5 November 2012

Which Way United States?

The American Presidential Election's poll shows the two candidates neck and neck but who will be the eventual winner? What does each man stand for? Which candidate represents special interests and lobbyists? Who will do more for the average citizen?

These are the questions I have been asking myself in the last few days. Barack Obama or Mitt Romney? From the bottom of my heart, if I was a US citizen, I would vote for Obama the incumbent. The problem with US politics is usually the demands made upon candidates by the special interest donors who have become so significant in bankrolling candidates. The funds usually come with strings attached.

I have seen a young dynamic and optimistic Obama age in the last four years, not necessarily because of the demands from the average joe, but because of obstacles put in his way by Republicans who were determined to make him a lame duck president.

Despite all the aggravation, partisan politicking and some white American's aversion to a black man occupying the white house, President Obama has done his damndest to deliver on his promises to the US electorate. He took the bulls by the horns and pushed through the bill on Obamacare while his opponents tried to tar him with the socialist brush. He has been consistent in being his own man. With Romney, I'm not so sure.

I find it hard to trust the Republican candidate who has confused me with contradictions, who I saw during the first debate take some piece of paper out of his pocket and slip that on to the rostrum while the media and America pretended not to notice. Nobody has since asked him to clarify what he took out of his pocket and placed on the rostrum. At the time he was declared the winner of that debate, it seemed that the governor cheated and had notes to guide him to that victory.

It was a republican president who uttered the words "read my lips, no new taxes" only to renege at the first opportunity. The republican party are so desperate to get back into the white house they will say and promise anything to achieve this objective. Mitt Romney is trying to use the economic issue to get elected, playing upon the fears of the squeezed middle class. I credit the US Electorate with the intelligence to see through the sound bites and hype. If in doubt, they should just rewind their camcorders or access the start of the first debate that Romney is supposed to have won. Look carefully as Mr Romney reaches the podium and takes his hand out of his pocket. What was that white piece of paper he deftly slips on to the rostrum. Is that a man fit to be President?

So which way America?

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