If likeability will
be the determining factor in Election 2000, George W. Bush should win.
If believability and
consistency are the determining factors, George W. Bush should win. If
an administration that isn't dominated by one man with a controlling
disposition is our aim, then George W. Bush should win.
So why is Election
2000 such a horse race? Because
the news analysts are now beginning to state what this observer wrote
about three months ago: there
are no "loud" issues stirring the American public to action,
to get out the vote, to respond to a crisis.
The single factor on
most American minds is how to keep what they've got and add more to
it. That's why the election is such a tossup. Many
people are afraid to change administrations in what they perceive to
be a great economy, even though the candidates haven't dug into the
economy's real problems, such as the trade deficit and the effects of
globalism on our national economy. Another decade of just upgrading computers and information
processing technology isn't going to keep the boom going that occurred
in the 1990's.
Also, during the past
eight years, Americans have become brainwashed (oops, enculturated) to
an immoral administration because of the prosperity. Americans
don't want to straighten out the pop culture and the deterioration of
the home, the decline of morality and the upswing of the perverse, IF
such changes take a buck out of their own wallets.
Yes we do have some
crusaders for a more moral America, but not a lot of agreement on how
to get there from here. We have people who are concerned that this is now a nation
where 2,300 children are reported missing daily according to the
National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC).
Why aren't these
"loud" issues? Because
the finger can't be pointed directly at the administration in
Washington, but right back at the lack of personal responsibility of
parents, the broken homes, the druggies who have kids they don't want
and the horrifying number of unwanted kids. Yes,
we have a big loud issue in this country, but fixing it means people
would have to resolve their own problems rather than relying on
government to do it, and that doesn't set well with a number of voters
who want Big Uncle to do their work for them.
hanky-panky in the White House, it somehow makes the slippages of the
individual voters seem more "normal" or perhaps even
Al Gore will solve
your problems by taking your tax dollars, your guns, your choices over
schools and the education of children, your social security and
Medicare, and controlling it all. Too many voters feel comfortable with cradle to grave controls
because we haven't begun to experience the full impact of it.
George W. Bush will
attempt to get Americans to stop the nonsense and take personal
responsibility. Many Americans want the chance to shake government off their
shoulders and do just that.
problem of this horserace election is that not enough Americans see
beyond their own little worlds. It
has been said that the difference between a statesman and a politician
is that a statesman has the next generation in mind while a politician
has the next election in mind.
George W. Bush is
willing to trust Americans with more control over their future. Al
Gore is willing to trust big government to run American life.
Why, oh why can't
people seem to fathom that this election is about America's future? It
isn't one issue, it is many issues, but it is one direction or the
other ... freedom or control.
Think on this: if
you don't like the results George W. Bush obtains over the next four
years, you will have the freedom to vote against him. If you don't like what Al Gore does, how do you undo the
government programs he will sponsor and get rid of the Supreme Court
justices he will appoint? You can't!
It's a matter of freedom. That's the loudest issue in this election.
© Dorothy Anne Seese, 2000
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