Is American democracy tarnished by an election process that has made a mockery of popular sovereignty? We preach to the world about the importance of core democratic values, but the reality of America’s political process is that candidates for our highest offices avoid the truth and refuse to be held accountable for anything they say while nearly half of our citizens shrug off their responsibility to vote.
Five 2012 election issues pose problems that are dangerous, damaging, and cannot be ignored. Mitt Romney and Barack Obama have yet to give us believable, much less workable solutions to these problems, though both assure us that they have the answers.
The Tampa fun and games are over. Despite bad press from media types who seem threatened by a little convention creativity, Clint Eastwood delivered the lines GOP voters wanted to hear. How else could we have worked that unspeakable phrase into the usual partisan rhetoric?
When Joe Biden escaped from his Washington lair to hit the campaign trail, who could have guessed that he would come up with a slogan so perfectly suited to what his party is doing to America? Offensive inflection aside, his “back in chains” remark should be adopted by Republicans and used until the GOP wears it out.
Is a welfare state really such a bad thing? Should we rethink our notion of what social welfare is and indulge the desires of millions of Democratic voters to let the Obama economy take care of their needs? If Americans want to depend on federal solicitude for health care, retirement security, rescue from bad mortgages, an income when things go bad, and an economic system that promises to level the playing field, they should get what they want.