It’s not the right person for the job, it’s the job itself that’s the problem

Craig Hall, Publisher
Craig Hall, Publisher

With this upcoming election, people on both sides believe their person — and only their person — is the right one for the job of president. Hearing things like, “He’s an outsider beholden to no one,” or, “Isn’t it time we have a woman president” or “It’s the Democrats’ fault” and “What’s wrong with democratic socialism, anyway?” doesn’t give me any hope for whoever we elect being “the one.”

At his or her core, every candidate says basically the same thing, and it’s summed up pretty nicely in this quote from the movie “The American President:”

“… I’ve been operating under the assumption that the reason Bob devotes so much time and energy to shouting at the rain was that he simply didn’t get it. Well, I was wrong. Bob’s problem isn’t that he doesn’t get it. Bob’s problem is that he can’t sell it. We have serious problems to solve, and we need serious people to solve them. And whatever your particular problem is, I promise you, Bob Rumson is not the least bit interested in solving it. He is interested in two things and two things only: making you afraid of it and telling you who’s to blame for it. That, ladies and gentlemen, is how you win elections. You gather a group of middle-aged, middle-class, middle-income voters who remember with longing an easier time, and you talk to them about family and American values and character …”

Let’s break this down in parts.

First and foremost, who do we have running if not people who’re shouting at the rain — or howling at the moon — or the people, about everything wrong with their opponents or more importantly, the country, even though they all come from the system that’s created so much of the wrong? Both Democrats should drop out immediately if this is the case as Congress has passed law after law that embrace everything Dems could have ever wanted over the past seven years since Barack Obama’s been in office. Obviously, your ideas don’t work — not that anyone is looking back in history to confirm that. As for Republicans, they simply don’t get it either. Time after time, they compromise with Democrats only to keep growing the government at record pace and spending. Since this has been happening for more than a century, the only conclusion one can come to is that this is how Republicans want things; which is exactly the same as the Democrats. As for the “outsider,” he only gets one thing and that’s to try to get what he wants, all else be damned.

Secondly, there are myriad problems to solve, and while we don’t have any serious people running for president — we have politicians and a narcissist (but I repeat myself both ways) — the last thing we need are more solutions from Washington. Every single of one of these people is doing exactly what the president said in the movie. They’re focused on your problems for one reason only, to convince you they’re the only person in the world who can fix them. And they indeed succeed in scaring you into voting for them because they’ve laid blame for your problems on another party, another person or on any reason except the one that’s the source of most of our problems: ourselves. They’re all, indeed, trying to win the election this way.

And then comes the whole, “my person thinks exactly like I do” load of bull pucky. Really? Someone running for president thinks and says exactly what’s on your mind? In paraphrasing an old adage, if everyone in the room is thinking the same thing, then almost everyone in the room isn’t thinking. I guarantee you the politician, and certainly the narcissist, are. 

And this is how we get to today. People who absolutely refuse to listen to other points of view about their chosen candidate from anyone who thinks differently because either their candidate can do no wrong, or worse, because anyone who backs a different candidate is an idiot. And what worries me more than hearing this kind of tripe from some jack-wagon celebrity is when I see friends, neighbors, and relationships destroyed by the division caused by the special people who are the only ones that can solve every problem.

Seems to me they’re good at only one thing: Causing problems and then “solving” them by making them worse.

And that’s what we will get once this election is over: More of the same from the same group of select “problem solvers” who were there the last election, just in new positions. No one is fired or held accountable in Washington. They just get new jobs and titles. And for all of the “their guy should NOT be allowed to do what they want” attitude everyone has about other candidates, they fail to see their candidate is intent on doing the exact same thing.

The people we have running for president and for re-election in Congress, constitute one of the most important reasons our Constitution limits government. The Constitution is about freedom. Our elections have become about levels of tyranny. And until people see that, we’ll keep electing another “lesser of the tyrants”.

We need someone who values freedom. I don’t see that person anywhere in the field of candidates. I only see more of the same, only worse.