As November 6 draws nearer, the presidential campaign drama intensifies. It ought to be an overhyped reality TV show. The Real Politicians of DC. I can see it now. But I’m not underestimating the importance of the presidential election. It just seems to me that both parties sling so much mud at each other and the mainstream media is so biased that it’s nearly impossible to find any kind of objectivity. It’s hard to find the candidate whose beliefs match yours because they both waver in their positions on nearly every issue. It doesn’t seem like there’s any consistency. I honestly don’t sympathize with either Romney or Obama. The whole thing reminds me of a high school popularity contest: who has the most fans, the most campaign money, the most big-business support, the most effective ads… so it made me think of this song:
Nothing changes but the faces, the names, and the trends
High school never ends
-Bowling for Soup, “High School Never Ends”
Some of us are still obsessed with whether or not Obama’s birth certificate is real. Some of us are still obsessed with Romney’s tax returns. Republicans are worried Obama will destroy the world. Democrats are worried that Romney will destroy the world. (I say the world’s headed for its own destruction either way.)
There are some things we can all agree on. Nobody wants higher taxes, more outsourcing of jobs, or a higher unemployment rate… and on and on it goes. Nobody wants a leader who isn’t qualified to lead. Nobody wants a leader who’s only looking out for his own best interests. And there are some things it feels like we will never agree on: abortion, immigration, health care, etc.
But, ironically, the person who would really make the best leader for our country is a person who would never run for president. And that makes me think about high school. Usually, the prom king and the prom queen don’t become the most successful. The people who bullied you in high school are probably flipping burgers or are in jail right now, or… they could be those mudslingers in the Senate or in Congress. High school never truly ends because we, as human beings, are addicted to drama. And what better drama is there than watching two men argue over the future of America?