Share on Google Plus Share on Twitter 5 Share on Facebook 3 Share on LinkedIn Share on PInterest Share on Fark! Share on Reddit 1 Share on StumbleUpon Tell A Friend 6 (15 Shares)  
Printer Friendly Page Save As Favorite View Favorites (# of views)   20 comments

OpEdNews Op Eds

Obama/Biden or Romney/Ryan, Does it really matter?

By       Message Dave Lefcourt     Permalink
      (Page 1 of 1 pages)
Related Topic(s): ; ; , Add Tags Add to My Group(s)

Well Said 4   Interesting 2   Valuable 1  
View Ratings | Rate It

opednews.com Headlined to H2 8/13/12

- Advertisement -

AP photo

Does it really matter that Mitt Romney picked Paul Ryan to run as his #2 in November?

Traditionally, we Americans have been made to believe the choice for a vice presidential candidate was a big deal i.e. somebody to compliment the presidential nominee and garner additional votes, hopefully capture his state and others in the election and be a credible president if something dire happens to the president.

Back when the two main party's national conventions meant something and the eventual presidential nominee wasn't pre-ordained by the primaries, the nominee for vice president was often a rival in those primaries and chosen as a concession for his committed delegates to coalesce around and agree to support his opponent. Lyndon Johnson comes to mind in the Democrat's convention in 1960 when Kennedy chose Johnson as his running mate. Now the national conventions are nothing more than balloon dropping extravagances, meaningless afterthoughts of political puffery. The presidential candidate has long been decided in the party's primaries to vie against a sitting president, the other major party's unchallenged opponent.

Though the Republican Vice Presidential choice of Sarah Palin in 2008 caused a stir with questions about her competence to be president should a mid 70's John McCain become incapacitated, the harsh reality is, the presidential candidates and their running mates from either of the two main parties doesn't really matter who sits in the Oval Office. That's because the ultimate policy choices of endless war, unnecessary defense spending, the dominance of the big corporate and special interests influence over the electoral process and the political agenda in favor of those interests does NOT change regardless of which major party's candidates is elected.

- Advertisement -

Though Barack Obama was and is brighter and more eloquent than cowboy George W. Bush, the ultimate policy decisions of the two men differ slightly and in some cases have become worse.

Cases in point:

Drone warfare and missile strikes in Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia have grown substantially under Obama and what Bush initiated, getting secret Justice Department memos written giving "legal" cover for anything the president does but kept secret for reasons of national security (and therefore unchallenged), has become more pronounced since Obama came to power.

Tax cuts for the rich remain in place. Unemployment, foreclosures, student loan debt remain unacceptably high, while the big banks that needed to be broken up remain too big to fail. Meanwhile the financial industry skullduggery that became so pronounced during the Bush years has not been reined in with tough regulations under Obama which can only mean a new financial meltdown and severe economic dislocation will surely be in the offing in the not too distant future.

So the "illusion" is we "choose" candidates from the other major party when we believe the current office holders of the other major party fails. But it's a ruse, a con job as so clearly evident by Mr. "change you can believe in" Obama pretty much a facsimile in policy execution as that of his predecessor.

That's the harsh reality; Obama/Biden or Romney/Ryan. It doesn't really matter.    

- Advertisement -

 

- Advertisement -

Well Said 4   Interesting 2   Valuable 1  
View Ratings | Rate It

dglefc22733@aol.com
Retired. The author of "DECEIT AND EXCESS IN AMERICA, HOW THE MONEYED INTERESTS HAVE STOLEN AMERICA AND HOW WE CAN GET IT BACK", Authorhouse, 2009

Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon


Go To Commenting

The views expressed in this article are the sole responsibility of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of this website or its editors.

Writers Guidelines

Contact AuthorContact Author Contact EditorContact Editor Author PageView Authors' Articles
Related Topic(s): ; ; , Add Tags
- Advertisement -

Most Popular Articles by this Author:     (View All Most Popular Articles by this Author)

An Ominous Foreboding, Israel vs Iran

The Evolving Populist Political Rebellion in the Arab World

A Nuclear War Would Be Insane

The Rich Get Richer, the Poor Get Poorer, While the Middle Class Gets Decimated

CIA in the Crosshairs

Iran Offers 9 Point Plan to end Nuclear Crisis, U.S. "No thanks".