This week, we get to "enjoy" the Republican Party's celebration/slug-fest/nominating process played out on our television screens and mobile devices 24-hours a day. And then (say it isn't so) next week we get to see the Democrats do the same thing.
Promises will be made. Personalities will be lifted-up, canonized, knighted and crowned. Lies will be told. Speeches will be given. Side events will be hosted. The liquor will flow. And when it's all said and done we should have a couple of made-to-order candidates, one of which will become the next President of these United States.
We might also have the choice of a third-party candidate, but I don't see that making a big difference in the outcome of the election.
This election year is undoubtedly one for the record books.
A relative "Washington outsider" -- as he's so often been called -- is the nominee of the Republican Party. He's loud and non-political and promises to do things his own way for the good of the "common man." He promises to do things in the conservative way; to make big changes in immigration and trade and to shrink the size of the federal government while giving states more control of how they run things for their citizens. I'm just not sure a leopard can change its spots -- completely.
On the other side of the ballot we will more than likely see` the wife of a former president` of the United States. Liberal to the bone -- some say she's a Socialist rather then a true Democrat. She's in favor of abortion and gun control and counts the founder of Planned Parenthood (founded to eliminate an entire race of people) among those who have made a major impact on her life. She, quite frankly, scares me to death.
The real problem for me is that I've gotten to the point where I don't trust any of them.
Anytime I hear a candidate say they are for the people, I want to scream out "Which people?" When I hear them talk about being for the common man I want to shout out "What would you know about what the common man (or woman) goes through on a daily basis?"
I firmly believe our founding fathers would not recognize our nation today. The Republic they fought for and laid their lives on the line for and took oaths one with another to support and defend is no longer a true Republic, at least not in practice.
Don't get me wrong, I'll go to the polls and I'll cast my vote. I feel it's my civic duty to do so. I have some big choices to make before November, and not because I can choose the winners with a single vote, but because I have to look at myself in the mirror (scary thought isn't it?) and know that I stayed true to my convictions.
But, just so you know, I'm just about "over it."