Per usual, the nominations were already decided before we had a chance to vote here in California. Our choices are, once again, Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum. Two political hacks with nearly identical ideology.
My liberal friends are aghast when I tell them that it really doesn’t matter to me who wins, because I can’t tell the difference. It always puzzled me that they would challenge this assessment…until recently. I finally figured out that it is our placing different levels of importance to the issues that guides our belief (or non-belief).
While I won’t here challenge their beliefs, I do want to lay out mine. When choosing a president, these are the issues that I find of the most import (in no particular order).
- Human/Civil Rights
- Planetary Stewardship
Let’s take a quick look at each in turn.
Decentralization: I want to be free, there is no compromise on that. Increasing centralization places increasing limits on personal freedom. The further away I am from the power structure, the more I am confined by the soul-less bureaucracy. For every proposal. I ask, “Does this centralize power or does it lend itself to a dispersal of power?” I look at a candidate’s record, I listen to his/her rhetoric, and I attempt to determine if the candidate’s platform lends itself to a devolution of power.
Human/Civil Rights: I care about human rights on a global level. Will the candidate respect human rights, will the candidate ostracize those who violate basic human rights? I don’t think we can impose human rights, instead we need a leadership that will lead by example. This includes not allying ourselves with tyrants. Civil rights are an extension of human rights but at the national level. Neither Tweedle Dee or Tweedle Dum respect Habeus Corpus, a cornerstone in protecting us from government overreach.
War/Imperialism: These go hand in hand. War should be a last resort, waged only when your own life is threatened. A standing army prevents peaceful resolution. Imperialism is what got us into our debt crisis and will eventually lead to our demise, the same as it has every imperial civilization in history. The candidates are in lock step on foreign policy, and neither value peace.
Planetary Stewardship: Environmental carnage threatens the future of human existence. Nuclear waste, desertification, species extinction, de-forestation, and global climate change are all threats to our continued prosperity. There is a crisis of mass magnitude, but both candidates are business as usual.
If you add my second tier issues of the prison industrial complex, debt, collapsing educational system, and food security; it all becomes pretty clear. There is no difference between Obama and Romney and the entire election hoopla is a charade played out for idiots.
Looks like I will be sitting another one out.