So now we get to live through 18 months of campaigning and posturing for the presidential elections. The process that our country needs (politicians focusing on getting our economy back on track) will now be diluted to election propaganda and bullshit.
The President of our country should serve one 6 year term. That way they can focus on being president for 6 years. Now, in the first term, they spend 1.5 years on the campaign trail and doing what they think they need to to get re-elected and not what the country needs. In the second term they spend the last 1.5 years creating some form of a legacy for themselves or pardoning all the people that were arrested for wrong doing that are their friends. So in 8 years we really only have a president for 5 years.
Our system is so broken. Between lobbyists, large corp contributions and big business running our government the average American doesn't stand a chance or isn't even a consideration. Monsanto, Dupont, Wall Street, Exxon, Banks, etc... those are the people who run our country. The SEC is filled with high ranking executives from wall street houses, the FDA is replete with people from Monsanto, The Fed Reserve is run by the very people they helped bail out in the banking industry.
How can we win with the deck so stacked? The only time the American people matter to the politicians and businessman is when the elections roll around and then guess what? It's all the same crap, we vote out one asshole and vote in another one who's equally on the take. And, if a good one happens to get voted in Washington crushes their ability to get anything done and they get voted out. If first term senators or reps don't play ball they're gone.
And "we the sheople" keep going alone with this process because gov has locked the game. They create groups like homeland security not to protect us from outside terrorism but to quell our rights and ability for life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
We need more than 2 parties and 2 candidates as it's ludicrous to think that we should only have 2 to chose from, we need the groups in Washington who are suppose to protect us to be flushed and filled with outside parties who have our best interests in mind, we need to stop warring with other countries and start caring about our own, we need leadership that will govern our country for what's best for the people and not how to fill some executives pocket with more cash.
Washington is corrupt. It's corruption is so ingrained they feel entitled to it. We don't matter and that really, really pisses me off.
Sorry for the rant. I'm just tired of seeing a once great nation reduced to what we've become.