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Saturday, October 20, 2012

Relationships And The 2012 Election

Do you agree with the thought, if there was anything that could set off fireworks it's Politics, Religion and now Gender Rights, although we don't hear much on Male rights we sure are seeing bombshells fly when it comes to other's rights. (ha! bombshells, in the 50's that was the sign of a beautiful women, now a days women are aghast by any title like that, funny.)

What has happened to the U.S.A.?  It's sad, really no other word describes it for me.

I've never seen our nation more split.  I watch as friends post their take on the election from the conservatives and liberals to the moderates and libertarians.  The views are so diverse yet so narrow.
If you're a conservative then likely your moral values and faith along with your personal needs guide many of your issues and judgement.  If you're a liberal the opposite is true, OR they too have strong moral values for their own lives but believe that there is no purpose or right in imposing the way they choose to believe on others and so they advocate choice and freedoms BUT they do have a limit...the choice and freedom has to fall into their box of what is right or else it's not correct.  Another words the freedom to choose is conditional in an odd way, Hmmm...

I don't have a corner on what is right or wrong and I'm the last one who should be judging.  I do know that others think I'm over the top, and even use the terms naive' and ignorant when they see what I'm concerned with.  I have thought for a very long time there seems to be a double standard when it comes to the far left and the media. They seem to be more comfortable with bashing or pointing out where they feel the other side is wrong rather than sticking  to discussing solutions.  They likely feel the opposite is true and maybe they're right, this is just an observation.  And then there are the ones that believe there is a conspiracy out here and we're all wrong.  Ok then.

I know this blog will give me grief but good or bad it is what I feel.

I wish everyone would respect each other's views, stop spinning the truth and be willing to admit a wrong, or even a lie when it comes to their party of choice.  Oh they will call you out, correct you, and to be fair, you may even correct yourself, but the same doesn't seem to be reciprocated. No, in fact it just seems to then further the bashing and pointing out where you're wrong.  Do we take this so far as to damage friendships over it.  I've been reading more and more about this, and have seen it happen among friends as well.

Why can't everyone see the best in everyone, know there are two sides to every story and that noone is better or has the corner on what is right or wrong for the other?

My business is suffering under the current administration and that is going to influence my vote.  Another voter has health problems with no insurance and that is going to influence their vote.  Another voter lives an alternative lifestyle and that is going to influence their vote and so on...

We all have choices we need to consider and noone is going to be the perfect choice, just as noone has a guide on who the perfect choice is for anyone but themselves.  Many independents are without  an idea of who they are picking and are hoping the debates clear that up and help them to come to the best choice for themselves.

The arguing, bickering, meanspiritedness is crazy wild.  It doesn't matter if you made a choice to stick to your own point of communicating be it Facebook and your timeline or Twitter or even Pinterest.  Everyone is out to put down the views they don't agree with, or correct what they believe needs correction with or without all the facts.  It gets exhausting.

My hope is that after November 6th things will settle down and everyone will return to some form of normalcy however that won't happen without a determination to accept others views, they do have a right to them. Debating is a route to take but don't take it so far that it puts a wedge in your friendship and THINK before you speak or post or tweet.  Words can hurt and scar, is it really all worth it just to be right?  We're probably wrong if we think it is.

Monday is the last debate, then we have 2 weeks and 1 day left till the election...I hope and pray that America can accept the results no matter who wins and restore relationships that have been damaged through much of a political baiting carefully and strategically executed by party committees messaging, along with media trying to swing a bias view and causing havoc and conflict in relationships that get sucked up into it all.  I hope you're as tired of being a pawn to all of this as I am.  I pray you don't find this a sport or fun.

Anyone that thinks they're immune to it all, unless you have remained silent throughout these campaigns and been smart enough to stay out of it all, are denying they are also getting sucked into the political vacumn which is causing this mess.  We've all hurt someone through this and that isn't right, yes, that, is a definite, it isn't right.  Relationships are too important to allow your political views or your distaste with another's views to create wedges between you and another.  Maybe it's time we step back from the political ring and evaluate what's more important, getting your point of view across, bashing, trying to prove another wrong, or the relationship.

I'm banking on the good character of everyone and all the political broohaha will fade away for the sake of relationship.

It's just me, Val, (just sayin)!  Ciao'

Friday, August 31, 2012

The 2012 Gen'l Election and YOU

Voter-fessional - To make a CHOICE to take off one's Rose Colored Glasses and close the book on biasness and bashing. Replacing it with professionalism and belief in yourself first.

This past week showed how to manage the challenge of multitasking Big Stories.  TV and Cable news networks got to show their ability of balance and reporting on multiple high profile news items.  Not only did the week kick off the GOP Convention but it was projected to be  in danger of cancellation due to the threat of Issac, the latest tropical storm expected to go Cat 1 or 2 Hurricane. For the safety of all the people and the delegates, a decision was made to postpone the convention by one day.

Many GOP constituents were likely feeling a 'not fair' attitude creeping into their spirit but quickly doused with thoughts of Katrina and the devastation that resulted from that hurricane.   A hurricane hitting it's projected target is nothing to cry foul about, or tempt fate with.

I happen to be encouraged by the nominees for this election and was looking forward to weighing in on potential Presidential abilities, this convention being the first phase.  I also was one of those that felt a let down over the convention delay but quickly bounced back prior to the start in light of reflection on human lives and the importance of focused concern for those in ISSAC's path.  You see not only is Katrina historical but this week was the exact week it hit.  My nephew also lives smack in the target as it was clear this hurricane would make landfall in NOLA.  I had to focus on the art of multitasking news worthy reports while the convention determined to start began on the following day, which would be the eve of ISSAC making landfall.  I can't imagine how stretched the networks and cable were trying to cover it all.
That being said they did and so did I.

I was moved by the speeches of all different ethniticities, while encouraged that my fear of the GOP not standing for the different races and middle class to poor was a false fear given the amount of diverse leadership that represented the GOP as noted by every network.  More governors and Senators of both Hispanic and African American than the opposing party.  They have their own constituents who count on them and proof of constituency's confidence is the fact that they voted them all into office.  One at a time gave a speech that was more moving than the other.  I felt much better.  You see my own personal crisis is my business this election.  As a small business owner, SBO, I'm struggling with the rate of growth and empathizing with other SBO's that are saddled with new regulations imposed by this administration from various avenues, and Healthcare Reform.  But I was willing to bite the bullet and concede to another 4 years if the fear that was being pounded into everyone's virtual head was found to be factual.  It wasn't and I breathed a sigh of relief.  The GOP will represent races of all kind, the middle class and the poor equally or better than the current administration.

My favorite parts of the convention were Ann Romney, Paul Ryan and Mitt.  They showed the care and love for this country that we expect.  They exemplified through sharing and video the love they have for their families and others as well.  (I loved the families coming up and sharing that Mitt Romney would drop everything for their ill children and come to visit, help and embrace each one of them.  MOST OF ALL he did this with NO PHOTO OPPS!!!  No cameras just geniune love and real care for their lives.  So much so that one of the men dying, named David, asked Mitt to help him with his will AND do his Eulogy, which in fact Mitt did.

Ann showed genuine high spirited energy and love as she took the podium and delivered a great verbal picture of what being a true Romney is.  It's family, loyalty, no pretentiousness, and a love for others that is bigger arms than most would have.  All this and she is dealing with Cancer and M.S.  What a great great women.

Paul Ryan was so down to earth and sincere it made you want to sit down with him at a table and just listen to his very clear cut plan stemming from a budget, what a fresh idea!  A Budget!  He spoke of refreshing things like policy that would build our economy and grow jobs.  Cut tax and spending and limit government, so our children and their children might not be burdened with a huge deficit to pay off after we're long gone.  And validated his care for Seniors, the sick and education.  Clearly he is a family man with a gift for creating and sticking to budgets.  On the social issues he gave you confidence that he would walk the walk and talk the talk of the policies that Romney would put into place.  There's something about this guy that grabs at your heart.

Mitt hit the homerun in my book as he delivered an engaging speech that promised a growing economy, 12 Million Jobs, a more rational way to gain healthcare without breaking the bank or our pocketbooks and a commitment to SBOs that I needed to hear.  True his presentation of his 5 point plan lacked content, but I wasn't expecting that this go round.  I believe that is for the debates and also for me to go to his website and read his plan which I have.  His foreign affairs knowledge was quite impressive and fell in line with what I believe to be the correct path.

Newt, The Romney Sons, Rubio, Portman, Bain Capital Partner w Romney, and more speech presentations were good as well.  But those I mention above were the ones I had been waiting to hear.

Now you can attack all you want.  I don't say they are perfect by any stretch.  I do say they present a far better plan with confidence than the opposing side does, and I believe with Romney's history he will deliver come hell or high water.

For those that care to debate comment on, however I'm not writing this to debate but rather to say if social issues are your key priority, you are far better off then I.  I must share that I do believe sooner or later if we remain on this course our country will tank and all the social issues that are being made the corner stone success points of an Obama Presidency will come tumbling down due to lack of funding.

As for the war on women?  I don't get it, see it or agree with the idea, so I won't speak to that as it remains a distraction for me.  I will say that as a woman, security in the economy, jobs and family are my top priorities this election. Rather than free contraception, I would rather my energy and money go to a crisis the business of Sex Trafficking, involving women and children.  I pick that because I am not concerned with who pays for mine or your contraception.  You see I always paid for my own even when broke.  I grew up on Aid for Dependent Children and couldn't wait to get off the government run program.  I hated being considered someone that was ''down and out". So I went out and got 3 jobs plus went to school.  I saw my mom who had not much to work with make ends meet.  I had values built in me that said working to pay your own way is the American Way.  While I realized we needed that type of assistance as a kid, I was embarrassed by it  Having St. Vincent DePaul deliver our Thanksgiving dinner to a family of three and eating alone in a basement apartment when not with extended family.  Having my school clothes be my Christmas Gift because it was where are money needed to go was not fun as a kid while watching everyone around me get wonderful gifts, but through that experience I learned by watching others that what I wanted was to be successful just like them.  I realized that I was in control of my destiny and I began to step out and look for opportunities to grow a career.  And I did just that!  I also grew my own business.  I didn't have a degree as I didn't have the money for college and have made as much as $240,000.00 in one year as an employee and for the 2nd time in my life I've built up a business.  So I am all for helping out the less fortunate but not for helping them stay in a zone of believing a lie, that they will never be anything more than what they are today.  I believe big government that feeds the middle class and below will do just that.  I know from my past how to fight back get away from relying on government programs. It's called living the American dream which start with believing in myself and charting a course.  America offers that to anyone who wants to jump on the Free Enterprise Course of life, I recommend it.  Someone said to me once "Wow Val that's compassion" and at first I felt very sad and asked myself "maybe I am lacking compassion" but quickly I realized that is all part of the lie.  It is compassionate to encourage the less fortunate to believe in themselves and what they are worth and go out and chart their course also, refusing to stay on government programs.  You can do it if you happen to be reading this blog.  Comment below if you would like to know how to get out of down and out.
There is one!

Do you realize that we can be so busy fighting and defending that nothing ever changes. Michael Moore, recently said he thinks we need to get used to saying "President Romney"!  What?  I don't believe that he said that?  Well he did!  Why would he say that, he's a huge liberal?  Well due to what he sees is America's lack of belief, confidence and increased apathy.  He's right, it's becoming a disease of this nation.  He goes onto say that Obama didn't deliver as he said he would and that has caused apathy and concentration to the extreme on bashing and contradicting the other side for fear of losing.  Fear is huge.

We do need change and it starts within us.  Yes, of course believe in who you feel is the most Presidential for what you believe is priority for your own life, but most of all believe in YOU and what YOU can accomplish on your own.  Don't give into the false securities of bashing the other side because you're afraid you'll lose the benefits of government funding. This is one country where you CAN be something, anything you want to be.  So go and BELIEVE YOU DESERVE TO BE SUCCESSFUL too!

Thursday, April 19, 2012

"A Black Man's Point of View" by Lloyd Marcus

THIS speaks volumes to me, to his point and mine, it isn't a racial issue but it has been spun that way and that is a problem for me.  Oh and if you are wondering if this is factually from Lloyd Marcus?  I wondered too and so I did check that out and IT IS!
We are on the same page!

Had to pass this on...

A Black man's point of view.
By Lloyd Marcus

As millions of my fellow Americans, I am outraged, devastated and extremely angry by the democrat's unbelievable arrogance and disdain for We The People. Despite our screaming "no" from the rooftops, they forced Obamacare down our throats. Please forgive me for using the following crude saying, but it is very appropriate to describe what has happened. "Don't urinate on me and tell me it's raining." Democrats say their mission is to give all Americans health care. The democrats are lying. Signing Obamacare into law against our will and the Constitution is tyranny and step one of their hideous goal of having as many Americans as possible dependent on government, thus controlling our lives and fulfilling Obama's promise to fundamentally transform America .
I keep asking myself. How did our government move so far from the normal procedures of getting things done? Could a white president have so successfully pulled off shredding the Constitution to further his agenda? I think not.

Ironically, proving America is completely the opposite of the evil racist country they relentlessly accuse her of being, progressives used America's goodness, guilt and sense of fair play against her. In their quest to destroy America as we know it, progressives borrowed a brilliant scheme from Greek mythology. They offered America a modern day Trojan Horse, a beautifully crafted golden shiny new black man as a presidential candidate. Democrat Joe Biden lauded Obama as the first clean and articulate African American candidate. Democrat Harry Reid said Obama only uses a black dialect when he wants.

White America relished the opportunity to vote for a black man naively believing they would never suffer the pain of being called racist again. Black Americans viewed casting their vote for Obama as the ultimate Affirmative Action for America's sins of the past.

Then there were the entitlement loser voters who said, "I'm votin' for the black dude who promises to take from those rich SOBs and give to me."

Just as the deceived Trojans dragged the beautifully crafted Trojan Horse into Troy as a symbol of their victory, deceived Americans embraced the progressive's young, handsome, articulate and so called moderate black presidential candidate as a symbol of their liberation from accusation of being a racist nation.  Also like the Trojan Horse, Obama was filled with the enemy hiding inside.

Sunday, March 21, 2010, a secret door opened in Obama, the shiny golden black man. A raging army of democrats charged out. Without mercy, they began their vicious bloody slaughter of every value, freedom and institution we Americans hold dear; launching the end of America as we know it.

Wielding swords of votes reeking with the putrid odor of back door deals, the democrats landed a severe death blow to America and individual rights by passing Obamacare.

The mainstream liberal media has been relentlessly badgering the Tea Party movement with accusations of racism. Because I am a black tea party patriot, I am bombarded with interviewers asking me the same veiled question. "Why are you siding with these white racists against America's first African American president?" I defend my fellow patriots who are white stating, “These patriots do not give a hoot about Obama's skin color. They simply love their country and oppose his radical agenda. Obama's race is not an issue."

Recently, I have come to believe that perhaps I am wrong about Obama's race not being an issue. In reality, Obama's presidency has everything to do with racism, but not from the Tea Party movement. Progressives and Obama have exploited his race from the rookie senator's virtually unchallenged presidential campaign to his unprecedented bullying of America into Obamacare. Obama's race trumped all normal media scrutiny of him as a presidential candidate and most recently even the Constitution of the United States . Obamacare forces all Americans to purchase health care which is clearly unconstitutional.

No white president could get away with boldly and arrogantly thwarting the will of the American people and ignoring laws. President Clinton tried universal health care. Bush tried social security reform. The American people said "No" to both presidents' proposals and it was the end of it. So how can Obama get away with giving the American people "the finger?"  The answer:  He is black.

The mainstream liberal media continues to portray all who oppose Obama in any way as racist. Despite a list of failed policies, overreaches into the private sector, violations of the Constitution and planned destructive legislation too numerous to mention in this article, many Americans are still fearful of criticizing our first black president. Incredible.

My fellow Americans, you must not continue to allow yourselves to be "played" and intimidated by Obama's race or the historical context of his presidency.  If we are to save America , the greatest nation on the planet, Obama must be defeated.


Monday, March 5, 2012

Last Resort from the Left - Love Means Never Having to Say You're Sorry

America the Free, the Proud and the Brave...
I have only one thing in common with Ms. Sandra Fluke, gender,  I am a woman too.
I am NOT a fan of Rush Limbaugh, or any of the extreme radio, talk show or journalists/media hosts
I am not democrat nor republican, but rather an independent
I hate politics and any spinning that resembles it
I love comedy but find Bill Maher obnoxiously rude
I watch CNN, FOX and MSNBC to hear all views
I hate bashing, which is always what makes me sick over things like the newest media craze:

Rush Limbaugh and Sandra Fluke

The ruthlessness of crucifying the man while canonizing this woman as if she were a saint, (not that she is bad, but really?), could remind one of the Gladiators of old.  "Let's kick em till they're down, and applaud till the death with more attacks"

Where does all this double standard, hatred, and mean spiritedness stem from?
For me the answer is simple "the game of politics at it's best!".

Watching this play out, and getting involved in comparison sharing to temper bashing, is really an eye opener in realizing how much the left wants it's turn to strike and take advantage of the chance to 'kick' and even when the man tries to apologize and again apologize it's not enough and it's insincere, kick him again.

A list of some of those that have been kept from the wrath of the left and out of the Gladiator games:
Bill Maher called Sarah Palin the C word - no apology and no fallout
Anthony Weiner crossed the boundaries of integrity over his issues and lied to his constituency apology ONLY after he was caught on camera - no fallout
President Bill Clinton perjured himself over an affair with an intern and adulterous affair in his marriage and lied to the US and Supreme Court - no apology until caught on tape - no fallout
And the list goes on...
Rachel Maddow, Keith "what's his name" to name a couple more

The last resort from the left, is their lack of response and willingness to admit that a double standard exists in the media/broadcasting arena and within the party itself. I guess they have a 'Love Story' going, and when you're blinded by love, well you know: Love Means Never Having To Say You're Sorry?  Seems to apply as long as the offender is of the same party. Oh and in one case at least, it doesn't hurt that they also gave $1M to their party's super pac..  Name calling and screaming foul along with accusing others of all sorts of untruths is acceptable as well.  Don't try to debate it, it's a mission that they are on and noone is going to stop them.

Truth should never be acceptable, should always requires an apology and should be forgivable, without judgement.

Just because you're a comedian doesn't make it acceptable
Just because you're of the same party doesn't make it acceptable
And just because you don't require sponsors of ads to host your show doesn't make it acceptable.

To think, this is just the beginning of an election year.

People attacking others behavior; what about this, and yes I'm doing it right now?  
A sin is a sin is a sin! Noone is better or worse.  No matter which side you're on, the bashing and nonsense of thinking that calling out one side without remembering that you're own side is or has been just as guilty of similar issues, may be your right to do, but it doesn't make it, right to do.  The  mentality of my way or the highway is the same mentality that is keeping our elected officials lame duck. We can rise above this.

I realize we live in a free country where freedom of speech is our first amendment right, however...
This isn't some meaningless competitive sport, this is about people and their lives.  
It also isn't a judge and jury in a courtroom trying a murder case, nor is this a mob lynching.
This is America a great country with freedoms beyond any other, made up of great people.  

Shame on me and shame on you for the times we have got caught up in it all. 
Let's show the world now who America really is and how we can respect one another, forgive and move on.

It's Just Me Val, Ciao!

Friday, February 24, 2012

Who's On Unemployment Abbott/ Costello by Barry Levinson

Barack Obama explaining jobs and the economy,
By: Barry Levinson, of the HuffingtonPost. 
COSTELLO: I want to talk about the unemployment rate in America .

ABBOTT: Good Subject. Terrible Times. It's 9%.

COSTELLO: That many people are out of work?

ABBOTT: No, that's 16%.

COSTELLO: You just said 9%.

ABBOTT: 9% Unemployed.

COSTELLO: Right 9% out of work.

ABBOTT: No, that's 16%.

COSTELLO: Okay, so it's 16% unemployed.

ABBOTT: No, that's 9%...

COSTELLO: WAIT A MINUTE. Is it 9% or 16%?

ABBOTT: 9% are unemployed. 16% are out of work.

COSTELLO: IF you are out of work you are unemployed.

ABBOTT: No, you can't count the "Out of Work" as the unemployed. You

have to look for work to be unemployed.


ABBOTT: No, you miss my point.

COSTELLO: What point?

ABBOTT: Someone who doesn't look for work, can't be counted with

those who look for work. It wouldn't be fair.


ABBOTT: The unemployed.

COSTELLO: But they are ALL out of work.

ABBOTT: No, the unemployed are actively looking for work...

Those who are out of work stopped looking.
They gave up.
And, if you give up, you are no longer in the ranks of
the unemployed.

COSTELLO: So if you're off the unemployment roles, that would count

as less unemployment?

ABBOTT: Unemployment would go down. Absolutely!

COSTELLO: The unemployment just goes down because you don't look for work?

ABBOTT: Absolutely it goes down. That's how you get to 9%. Otherwise

it would be 16%. You don't want to read about 16% unemployment do ya?

COSTELLO: That would be frightening.

ABBOTT: Absolutely.

COSTELLO: Wait, I got a question for you. That means they're two ways

to bring down the unemployment number?

ABBOTT: Two ways is correct.

COSTELLO: Unemployment can go down if someone gets a job?

ABBOTT: Correct.

COSTELLO: And unemployment can also go down if you stop looking for a job?

ABBOTT: Bingo.

COSTELLO: So there are two ways to bring unemployment down, and the

easier of the two is to just stop looking for work.

ABBOTT: Now you're thinking like an economist.

COSTELLO: I don't even know what the hell I just said!

Now you know why nationally reported unemployment figures are improving, and you

should now understand the State of the Union .

Sunday, February 19, 2012

2012 An Interesting Year for the U.S.

Election Year - 2012

I believe that America is a great place to live which was founded under the constitution by our forefathers One Nation Under God...with liberty and justice for all.  We are a great nation made up of millions of amazing people who have different beliefs and are free to walk the path they have chosen.

About me: I am a woman of faith.  That faith is as much a part of me and unchangeable as my DNA.  I don't impose my faith on others, but will share it.  I don't impose my core values on others, but will share them. If I believe something I'm going to stand up for it.  I am not perfect but will be when I get to heaven, so don't be confused with the timing and think that is now.  I analyze things to determine my own motives and thoughts along with just trying to understand the issue better for myself.  I don't do it to point a finger of blame.  I sometimes do think out loud and work through issues in the process.  I like to think that by the time I leave this earth I will have left a baby finger print in my own star and will be remembered for the good and not the bad.

Anyone who knows me, knows I hate politics and political agendas, rhetoric, spin and MOST OF ALL party bias 'bashing'.  Don't try to label me by 'party' because I have no party bias.  I used to be a democrat, I used to be a republican but now I am just Val and could likely not be labeled accept for more of an independent.

Red Flags: Spin politics, hidden agendas, leaders with true motives behind agenda items and timing all just for personal gain, BUT most of all I am saddened that we as American's buy this and find it acceptable.

Going into any election year is a two edged sword for America.  On one side it brings change and that can be good, but on the other side it brings out the worst in all of us.  DON'T KID YOURSELF, the politicians count on that, just listen to them and then watch the poster statements and photos go up on social networks.  Today I'm making a promise to myself.  I am determined to remember that God has a plan. (I know some don't believe, but I do, again not imposing my beliefs on you, if you happen to be reading this, but sharing.)  He is going to carry it out no matter who stands for who and/or what.  He already knows who will be presiding as President over the U.S. in January 2013.  It's not necessarily because they will be the best person for the job, but because there is a much bigger picture in God's plan, and that is what choose to focue on and  find peace in as the fight begins, and the outcome of this year's election comes upon the U.S.

My Vote will go to who I believe is best suited for the job.  But what is the job this next term?  In my eyes, the job will NOT require focus on social issues, They've had plenty of focus over the years, costing the country a fortune already.  The job is going to be about jobs, economy, and fiscal responsibility, but it is also going to be giving my vote to the person who stands for our constitution and not basterdizing that.

Here's my dream for America this election year:  Wouldn't it be a refreshing to have a candidate that exhibits honesty, integrity and has the potential of being a great leader with no intentions of personal gain or agendas?  If we had a candidate on the ballot for 2012, who would commit to this promise: "I'm in this for you, not for me and to prove this I ask to serve only one term AND following that term I relinquish any claim to pension, benefits and other personal perks normally received after leaving office" "I cannot and will not be bought."  

I know you're thinking "Val, you're crazy if you think that would actually happen, no one is going to step up and offer that!" 

I can dream, right?  I mean, no one can take my dreams away, right...or can they?

It's just me, Val ~ Ciao!

Thursday, January 26, 2012

How's This Working For US America?

Duking it out over political views with friends and colleagues as well as those we don't know at all, do you find it bothersome? A good rule to live by is to stay away from engaging in and expressing your views as it relates to religion and politics.  Problem is there seems to be so much at stake for us personally that causes us out of desperation to passionately embrace 'duking' and 're-duking' our views.  I know for some this is fun, interesting and competitive in spirit but for me, it's gutt wrenching to see the emotions cut through to the quick. In so many instances I feel like politicians easily insult the intelligence.  Stands taken normally center around beliefs and fear of losing rights  but this election year seems to be different.  It's hugely based on economical slowdown and jobloss issues not improving, and balanced budgets and 'actual' numbers used in reporting things like 'unemployment', not working.  Social issues seems to have taken a backseat this year for many voters, even for the extremes.  

Timing is everything...

The POTUS now focusing on jobs and economy for the people vs. Corporate America, while that is in itself a good thing, it is disheartening that this type issues weren't given priority 3 years ago, for the people, not just Corporate America.

Then you have a Congress that is focused on the issues of balanced budgets and the like that also stymie their progress in passing anything.  It's all a gridlock and everyone is to blame, not just one side or the other.

In the meantime, the people of America get all sucked into their (the politicians) game of politics for what we all feel is in the best interest of the U.S. but if we all really look at the 'soul' 'core' reason, I'll give you 3 to 1 odds that it's just because we want to support our own party no matter what and it's not about the best person for the job anymore.

I think many voters are feeling this way, America is being led into voter personal attacks on one another in part by our politicians actions, words, and lack there of.  We are ripping into each other's values, belief systems and the like for the sake of ???   This is all supposed to be in the best interest of you and I, the U.S. Citizens and instead it's tearing us apart.  What is wrong with this picture?

While we're all so afraid for our party losing as well as our rights, we are raising our dukes and losing it all for the party's leaders sakes who are drawing us in.  We are making them all very rich people, if they weren't already, all sides.  

AMERICA, How's that working for US?

It's Just me Val, Ciao!