I’m not a ‘big label’ shopper, although some people in my family will snicker when they read this. When I buy something, it’s because I’ve looked around, compared price and quality and then I buy what I like, whether it’s Kate Spade or Kate Kmart. But when it comes to political labels, well, it’s not so easy for me. Sometimes, after careful reflection, when I think I’m supporting the very best candidate out there, it turns out I should have gone generic.
Part of the problem is that we have been conditioned to form opinions about people we really don’t know. We can’t help but label them because the political climate, via the media and some well chosen sound bytes, influences us twenty-four hours a day. Before we can even hope to form our own opinion about someone running for office, we turn into political junkies, needing the drug of opinions from the talking heads we invite into our living rooms night after night.
It all starts to get murky for me sometimes. I hear Mitt Romney speak and then listen to what others have to say about him and I really like the guy and what he says he will do for this country. But then I hear Barack Obama speak and I come away thinking he is golden. I’m mesmerized, at least for a while, even when I’m not in synch with everything he wants to do.
Then there’s a whole litany of labels again that I admit I can’t keep straight, such as right wing, left wing conservative, liberal, centrist, Republican, Democrat, far right, far left, libertarian and several more I’m just too headachy to recall right now.
Can Romney or Obama only be one of these all the time? Do they sort of ebb and flow like the tides depending on the situation? Can they really be so tightly labeled or are we just unwilling to give them the benefit of the doubt because, as far as I know, death squads have yet to be formed for the sick and elderly in this country and we still haven’t shoved a senior citizen off some cliff just to save a few bucks for the social security system.
Mitt Romney and President Obama are two fine Americans who truly care about our country and its citizens. Neither needs the money and both of them were powerful men before this campaign began. But it always gets ugly at some point and I have to wonder why a great country like ours, with great choices for leadership, goes straight to the toilet in its politics; unless, of course, that is the very definition of politics.
I would label that ‘outrageous.’
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