28, 2004 - The Beefboy finally got a copy of the ballot
he’ll be using in the upcoming election. In the state
that I live in, the choice for President of the United States
is clearly marked at the top of the ballot-George W. Bush
or John F. Kerry. This is an outrage of the highest order!
Why? Well, sit back, relax, enjoy, and let the Beefboy do,
what the Beefboy does best… and that’s break
it right on down for you.
If you walk into
your local convenience store, looking for a soda, you have,
what?… 20 choices, maybe more (Coke, Pepsi, Dr. Pepper,
RC, Mountain Dew, Sprite, 7-Up, Crush, and endless varieties
of diet, vanilla, caffeine free, cherry and new versions
of all of the major brands). How many cable channels are
available to view? How many websites are out there for you
to surf? So, when the Beefboy picks up a ballot for President
of the United States and sees TWO OPTIONS, I have to ask
what exactly is going on here? Is this the land of freedom,
of opportunity and consumerism… or are we being fed
a load of horseshit? Two options is a joke of the highest
order, but the Beefboy is not laughing. I’m fucking
mad as hell!
Let the Beefboy
ask you a question. Are these two guys honestly the best
that America has to offer? Honestly? I doubt if anyone would
make that claim. Okay, let’s say that you’ve
decided that one of the two front runners IS the best that
we have to offer… do you believe that his ideas are
strong enough to win the election no matter who he runs
against? If so, what is the harm in allowing opposing ideas
to challenge your guy? Are you chicken? Why don’t
you see if you’re man has the courage of his convictions?
touts that Republicans always win in the arena of ideas,
however he’s the first guy to say moderates don’t
exist. You see, Rush Limbaugh, James Carville, the mainstream
media, and the two big parties, can all agree on one thing;
you should vote Democrat or Republican. I call bullshit.
Do I really have to be a flaming liberal or a right-wing
conservative? Fuck that! There are some of us out here with
a fucking mind and we come out somewhere in-between. I contend
that there is a group of us out here who are moderates and
that our numbers are growing.
The problem stems
from many factors, but begins with the election of each
party’s candidate. To win the primaries, you have
to appeal to your base. If you’re a Republican, that
means that you’re glad-handing hardcore Christian
flakes, slack-jawed yokels and control freaks that want
to take away your right to fuck who you want in the manner
you choose. Democrat candidates have to suck up to all manner
of fringe special interest groups, shyster lawyers and minorities
who have their hand out for skrilla. The guys who win the
primaries are positioned to the far right, or far left of
the political spectrum. Where does that leave those of us
in the middle? It’s leaves us “undecided”.
There are more
insidious issues than that though. The two major parties
rule the state congresses, so through the practice of gerrymandering,
they draw voting districts that favor their own candidates
instead of reflect geographic neutrality. The method to
get on the ballots in the first place is determined by the
top two parties, and in some cases requires an outrageous
number of people to sign petitions to be included. Finally,
bi-partisan committees that are afraid to face opposition,
select the participants in the debates!
Are you getting
this? In a “free” country, we’re being
forced to choose A or B, when in many cases the choice is
more like A1 and A2! Whole issues can be swept under the
rug if it’s too hot for the incumbent parties. Want
an example? They say that Social Security is the third rail
of politics. I say that securing our borders is. When is
the last time you heard either Bush or Kerry talk about
the Swiss cheese that we call our American borders? Neither
candidate wants to upset the Latino vote, so not a peep
is heard in the land. Meanwhile, we’re giving illegal
aliens and terrorists a free pass because no one has the
stones to even bring the issue up! Want another example?
Have you been following what Kerry and Bush have to say
about their plan for Iraq? Is there any daylight between
what one says and the other? There’s a lot of explaining
and complaining going on, but both candidates have almost
the same fucking plan! At least Howard Dean said to get
out; that’s an opposing opinion! The Beefboy says
to get mean. Really mean. But hey, neither Dean nor the
Beefboy is running for President and no one else matters
because they’re not even on my ballot!
The Beefboy has
looked at polling data that comprises the last forty years
and has discovered that at any given time there is about
30-40% of the population that will register as a Democrat
and the same amount registers Republican. If you believe
what those two parties believe, then fine, enjoy your monopoly.
However, that leaves anywhere from 20-40% of the population
who is not being represented on the ballot-certainly not
in my state, and maybe not in yours. The two-party system
has given this nation a pattern of rhetoric that is vindictive,
divisive and miniscule-minded. We’re better than this.
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I'm not through
with this subject by a long shot!...