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Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Supporting your Presidential Candidate.. the delinquent way!

I don't usually write about political issues. I'm not a very politically minded person. I'll admit that I haven't really been following the presidential race.

Now before you go saying how unpatriotic I am, and how it's people like me who don't vote that allow the country to go to heck in a hand basket let me assure you, I DO vote.

I just wait until the final candidates have been selected then using the internet and other news sources, research their platforms and histories, and select a candidate based on who most closely fits my own personal views and whom I think is best suited to do the job.

If you're wondering why I've decided to write about politics now, keep reading.

A few weeks ago I was on my way to work and I saw this...

Someone had spray painted Obama's face on a utility box. Ok they painted a bunch of Obama faces on it. I'm not sure I can even begin to imagine where in the world you would get a stencil of a presidential candidates face. Any ideas?

Well a few weeks later, again as I'm on my way to work I see this...

Apparently the touch up artist is a McCain fan.

At first I thought it was a bit amusing. Haha funny, someone painted Obama's face on a utility box.

I only laughed for a minute. Then I go a bit angry, a bit concerned and a bit disgusted.

I'm all for showing your support. I'm all for expressing your opinions and letting the world know which candidate you feel is the right man for the job. But what kind of delinquent defaces city property to do so?

I mean it's one thing to stick a sign in some one's yard, or hang a banner or hell even kill a tree by putting a bajillion flyers on people's windshields in the Wal-mart parking lot. Ok I'm not cool with killing trees for the sake of passing out a piece of paper that will only go in the trash, but surely you can see where I'm going with this.

I mean are the imbeciles who thought it was OK to spray paint a city utility box the kind of people you want voting for President? Is someone with that kind of genius marketing ploy someone you trust to select the next leader of your country? My answer is not just no but hell no. This country is screwed up enough as it is without a bunch of derelicts picking it's next leader.

Now I know some of you will get testy with me for saying that, but it's true. If you look at how far we've NOT come in areas that we should be successful in then you can't help but admit I'm right. At least to some extent.

You can't look around at all of the people who are homeless, starving, without work, medical care, etc and not feel that in some way this country has failed them. You may say, well homeless people are homeless because they're lazy, or there are people on welfare with 8 kids and a Lincoln Navigator but I can barely get by with my 1 child and 1986 Buick. To that I would say you are absolutely completely without a doubt only Half right.

Yes there are many many people who abuse the system, just as there are many people who just don't want to work and better themselves, but I know personally from first hand experience that there are just as many who due to circumstances beyond their control simply find themselves in a bad situation. I also know that those very same people use the system for what it was originally intended, a hand UP, not a hand OUT. They use the help they can get until they get back on their feet, then go back to making their own way.

I know I've veered a bit off subject here, going from defacing city property to "show support" for the presidential candidate of your choice to my not so high personal opinion of how our country is run, but in a way I suppose they are related. It's the way the government has allowed or rather restricted positive growth in this nation that allows yahoos to think it's OK to spray paint Obama's face on a utility box.

I'm getting a bit riled thinking about this and I could go on and on and ON about my views on crooked politics, greedy corporations and gluttonous America but I'm pretty sure most of you would go find something more interesting to read. As the election date gets closer and I delve into my research to find which candidate I think is best I may post more about it, but until then. I just hope those idiots aren't registered to vote!

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