Okay, I know it is new comics day. But before I retreat into the comic world a quick rant on politics and some of the reasons why I hate the system we now have in place. As a side note I was greatly bummed out that the fine comic book store I deal with (http://www.cosmiccomix.com/index.htm) was not sent their copies of Wasteland today. This seems apropos as what I'm ranting about is a wasteland.
My home state had their primary and in Maryland if you aren't registered Democrat you might as well not vote in the primary and until recently the primary was the de facto election. I'm not a Democrat and have been registered as a Republican and a Democrat at different times in different states. In my mind their is almost no difference between either party. Both continue to inure power to themselves. The campaign Finance Reform bill of a few years ago actually makes it tougher for an independent party to grow. The Republicrats all suck. It seems very, very few really care about public service, it is about power and money.
Special interest and corporate America own most of the government. In ways both small and large they control the money, which controls who gets recognition and ultimately controls who gets elected. The occasional outsider who makes it in is either shut out by the people controlling the governmental bodies or plays their game and becomes an insider.
How can we continue to throw money at problems (education the number one thing) and assume this will fix the problem. Building a building out of gold cost more and has less utility then a building made out of bricks and mortar.
So many people seem to agree that we have problems, yet they elect the incumbents time and time again. Are we daft or is the whole system rigged. How much of a difference would Kerry have made over Bush? Both are of the same cloth. Yet, we are ready to anoint royal families. In 2008 will it be Clinton (Hillary) v Bush (Jeb)? Is that even a choice?
Last election I voted libertarian, this election I want to vote for none of the above and if that wins we have a new election in 90 days with a new slate of candidates.
My tactic at this point is to vote against all incumbents in the Federal and State government levels for legislatures. I figure at least try someone new.
Our system is badly in need of leaders and people who want to be servants of the people, instead we now have a ruling elite, who believe they know best what is good for the people. Call me a cynic, but then prove that I'm not a realist.