Messiah for President ’08
I’m tired of seeing people expect (and seeing myself expect) for some sort of messiah to come out of the American political system and redeem the country. I’m very glad that most people I know have caught the fever of political awareness about the upcoming 2008 election, but I know most of our hopes are too high for the future president.
I’m a pretty pragmatic idealist, oddly enough, in that I know what I would like to see in the country but knowing the nation is so diverse (read: polarized) that someone needs to find some ground we can agree on to help this country leave Iraq and turn around economically. At least this election’s main issue is not abortion or gay marriage (which is guaranteed to split the nation even further apart in the heated opinions from both sides).
That being said, I know I’m not going to see a president that’s totally immune to the corruption in the political system that has probably been present for the few centuries we’ve existed as a country, which is what I’d like to see most. I’m an optimist, but a realistic one, so I know there won’t be a spotless savior to dig this country out of the mess into which we’ve gotten ourselves. I mean, last time I checked, Jesus wasn’t running for president in ’08 (and most people wouldn’t vote for him because he’s too much of a hippie anyway). Money is heard the loudest of anything, including human need, no matter what the candidates may say. They need disgusting amounts of money to campaign, and then to fund the programs they want to enact in office. Unfortunately, the institutions with the most money to give are also the most corrupt. You-scratch-my-back-I-scratch-yours bullshit. I have little to no hope that this will ever change.
I guess the years I’ve spent as a politically aware adult have just embittered me against the whole system. I started out as an idealist with the basic hope in the intelligence of the people of the country and the thought that, yes, one vote can make a difference. Money, not opinions, make the differences in this world.
So, my hopes are wisely low and high at the same time. At this point, I guess “anyone besides Bush” is perhaps a good alternative, but I fear most of them will be just variations of the same vein. I hope to God that’s my latent fatalism peeping its ugly head out, though. Surely, things can only get better fom here?