It’s been said many times and will be said many more, the positions between Republicans and Democrats this election couldn’t be more obvious. And nowhere was party distinction more on display than at the two conventions.
Tune out the speeches and rhetoric, and ignore the platforms and platitudes. Instead, just picture the audiences in Tampa and Charlotte. Remove any props indicating party affiliation or candidate preference. Zoom in on the crowds…
If you’re ideological or prejudice, challenge yourself. Objectively focus on both constituencies. Beyond obvious characteristics – like age, ethnicity, and attire – what other differences do you find?
If you share my perspective, Republicans appear angrier and more frightened, while Democrats seem to be having a blast… One party looks American gothic, an angry town hall of frightened villagers wielding pitchforks, pledging allegiance to a fictitious and sterilized ideal, while the other party is engaged in a festive, teary-eyed group hug.
The 2012 election is not between Republicans and Democrats. This is a choice between two existing Americas: one that is manipulated to fear, hate and dismantle the United States government, and another that is longing for accountability, a government of the people, by the people, and for the people… not corporations, my friends.
Don’t fault the mob for their pitchforks and torches. When people are manipulated, they become guarded and suspicious. Spooky America is a dark and deceptive place, where bloated men with megaphones and sponsors pump fear into your heart, suffocating the soul until judgment is impaired.
The frightened are not the enemy. They are the victims of an old and deceitful game, where truth and deeds are irrelevant, rules no longer apply, and few – least of all, the mob – ever win.
Each of us has a choice this election. You can dislike America for not being a fictitious ideal, dismantle the government and programs generations prior built for our well-being and protection… Or, live freely and pursue happiness, celebrate the more perfect union America continues to become.
Don’t be a hater. Dream again. Demand progress and accountability.
Vote for liberty and justice, for all, assuming the GOP allows you to vote.