The Sport of Politics by Delina Hill-Brooker

Ah, the sport of politics. Yes politics are a strategic sport. Everyone has their favorite ‘team’ whether they feel some sort of ‘obligation’ because of their lineage, religion or whatever. Sometimes people are simply rooting for whoever gives the best argument. And unfortunately there are times when people vote for the wrong guy, just because they have a personal dislike for the opposing side – which has nothing to do with politics. The fact of the matter is, just like there are always imperfect plays, or teammates with supernatural egos, there are no perfect candidates. Politics are politics and most times the candidate with the most money and resources behind their campaign, mixed with the most likable personality traits, and phrases that are quoted, re-quoted and embedded in our memories will win the vote.

The truth is; it takes more than four years to fix any major problem. Any president will have a hard time turning this economy around no matter what their beliefs or policies that they put in place. We live in a society where we are used to everything being done in an instant. We can check our bank balance instantly. We can warm up food in a microwave in less than a few minutes. Running a country is different. There are a lot of components involved and the person who earns the honor of being the head of this great nation takes the heat and the praise for all of the decisions, mistakes and everything else that happens from the bottom up. What most people forget around election time is that even though the president is the leader, they are not a god or a king. It always starts with the people we vote in office on the local level and works its way up. Joe Biden said it best; “This recession didn’t just fall out of the sky.” There’s not one person to blame for it. We as a nation ignored all of the warning signs. It took more than four years to get into this mess, and it will take more than four to get out NO MATTER WHO THE PRESIDENT IS.

You can’t please everyone all of the time. So there’s no need in trying. But the beautiful thing about this great country is that we get a vote. We get to voice our opinions and elect who the majority believes is the right fit on every level.

The final debate would have not been a deal breaker for me. I think it’s mostly for political analysts and newscasters to have something new to talk about. I personally don’t know any undecided voters. The key is to not wait until election time and the negative campaign ads that put the opposing party down. Start with the local level. See who’s working with who and who is voting for what policies. By the time they get to the homestretch you have to read between the lines and that’s a hard thing to do on the surface level. An informed voter is a powerful voter.

I don’t think that gas prices, along with food, medical care and everything else will ever go down to where they were because the economy and world has changed so much. Everything has changed. The cost of living has gone up so much. The only solution is for our pay to go up so that people can keep up with the cost of everything. The only other option is to press a reset button. But where would we reset to, Columbus discovering America? Ha! OK.

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