Mitt Romney stepped down. McCain acts as if he is the party’s nominee. Huckabee refuses to quit. The mainstream media has sidelined Ron Paul to a fringe candidate. Nonetheless, die-hard Ron Paul supporters maintain their grassroots efforts to get Paul’s message out, and help get his voice heard.
The worst part of this situation is that the media is dictating who America will elect as their next president, or at least they are trying, as they have done in the past. This time things are a little different, from the start, most all media outlets picked the handful of candidates on whom they would focus and left the others to hang onto the camera cables. It is my opinion, that this shows a lack of integrity in the general media.
Democracy is in trouble if American’s are no longer given choices from among whom to choose their president. Candidates drop out, as they lose delegates, and the final campaigners are those whom cumbersome political machines of the Democratic and Republican parties anoint. That’s not democracy.
I suppose it should amaze me that the media plays right into the political machines, but it doesn’t. They, too, want the favor of the one who takes the oath of office next January. It seems that which has been silenced is the voice of the people.
Having heard less and less of Ron Paul’s campaign amid the recent political drama, I wondered what was going on with him. I find it interesting that despite the fact that he is running as a republican the media ignores his presence. Everyone wants to know if Huckabee will pull out, but what about Ron Paul?
I think most supporters would agree, at this point, that Paul’s best chance is to run as an independent. Paul has done that before. The problem with running as an independent is that the Republican vote will likely be split. This could help boost a win for Democrats.
This type of political second guessing dominates the minds of campaign organizers, candidates, and voters. Oddly enough, it leads one to question what happened to the idea that voters vote their values and judgments. Aren’t we supposed to vote on who we want to see in office, not cast a vote for someone because of who we don’t want to see in office? Once choices are eliminated for voters, we no longer have the option of voting our conscious.
Our elections have become a guessing game and a gamble.
Write in votes are still accepted, but with candidates dropping like flies from whom are we left to choose. At least Huckabee and Paul, despite the odds, have not given up their bid for the White House. There remains a small measure of choice.
We might consider Obama’s surge in support is a voice for the revolution and return to democracy. The problem in making that judgment is that the media jumped into the fray, blurring the line between Obama support and Obama media frenzy.
As I mentioned earlier, the media should shoulder all the blame. America’s two party system has become corrupt and dictatorial, to some degree. Once in Washington, potiticians are far removed from the people who voted them in office. The only thing constituents get in return for sending them to Washington is a nod of pork barrel spending, or grant allocation to their district.
Where does democracy stand? Perhaps this election will make it clear. The only way I see this election can validate democracy is if Huckabee or Ron Paul wins. The media marginalizes them, Ron Paul far more than Huckabee. If either of them wins, it will be outside of media influence. Otherwise, it may be another four years before we find out if democracy is still alive in America.