Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Crystal Clarity

As a rule, I eschew discussing politics here.  I do that principally for two reasons. 

First, because I subscribe to the "old school" of thought, which is that a person's politics is his or her business.  America has become infatuated with the affixing of labels.  Unfortunately for those of us of the human persuasion, once a label is attached to us it is damn sight harder to remove than one that we might have slapped onto a cardboard box or a moving crate.  

Second, because one of two chiefs atop the Firm's food chain is one of the leaders here in the State of Concrete Gardens of the State Democrats.  Since he has voiced little interest over what has appeared here over the course of the past four-plus years, I figure that the least I can do is do as little as possible to complicate the "adult swim" portion of his life courtesy of the things I might write here.  Plus, I have grown mighty fond of being able to pay the mortgage and buy food.  No sense in chomping down hard on the feeding hand; right?

This past weekend the dance card for this November's Presidential election was filled out.  Congressman Paul Ryan of Wisconsin was selected by the presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney to be the GOP's nominee for the office of Vice-President of the United States.  Selfishly, I am thrilled that Romney selected someone other than Governor Christie to be his running mate.  I happen to be a big fan of our Governor and intend to vote for him again in 2013 should he stand for re-election.  I would have been less than thrilled had he abdicated his office before the end of the term to which we the people of New Jersey (or at least a majority of the ones who bothered to show up and vote) elected him in 2009. 

I suspect that Governor Christie is not unhappy that he ended up not being the #1 choice for the #2 spot on the ticket for any number of reasons, not the least of which is the fact that no one really wants to be #2....especially if the ticket on which one is the wing man loses the election.  Methinks that the Governor and other similarly-ambitious members of the GOP are thinking already of 2016 and presuming an election cycle in which there is no incumbent in the White House - with President Obama being mandated by our Constitution to retire from the office at the end of his second term - and in which the two-term incumbent Vice-President is not likely to be his party's choice to ascend to the top of the ticket. 

We the people of the United States have - for the first time in quite some time - been handed the opportunity to make a decision about the highest elected office in this nation based not upon nonsense, blather and faux issues.  Rather, we have before us in November an election between two men (and their sidekicks) who have two distinctly different visions of the present and the future of these United States.  Whichever vision holds more appeal to you is your business - not mine.  I respect that fact and expect you to do likewise.  My request is a more plain, more simple one:  Do not squander this opportunity.  Learn all that you can about both tickets and both visions, whether you are leaning one direction or the other. 

Ours is a tremendous responsibility.  We the people of this Republic are in fact the keepers of its promise.  Let us not shrink from it.


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