- Posted April 19, 2012 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
iReport Debate: What’s your top issue?
2012 Election: Economic and Political Stagnation
The issue that matters most to me during the 2012 election is economic and political stagnation.
The American economy fluctuates by wing’s grace across globe, as the dollar similar to most other currency not backed by any solid asset but rather piece of paper given value that masses accept. Value does decrease as time progresses, with the cost of a pack of cigarettes rising tenfold plus in past forty years even minus taxation; and don’t even speak of gas, at four bucks a gallon Halliburton and the rest that helped restructure Middle East making bank. USD no longer main currency of earth, now yuan influence on rise and euro exchange rate makes for expensive trip to France on a typical budget; a hundred euro per night hotel room is a hundred and thirty dollars give or take. With technological supremacy comes international connectivity, driving markets higher or lower by blink twenty-four hours a day seven days a week.
Wealth of Nations published 236 years ago yet still world slave to same business plan that works, creates success, and manages affairs, but perhaps outdated even when the first computer took up entire floor of an industrial warehouse. Now we praise digital divinity in palm constantly.
I am not saying discard the old, for by applying old will current function. However mutual economic woe causes stress on a system only recently partially being updated to deal with such strain, never capable of taking on full amount of pressure. New should be near yet cycle perpetuates, downward spiral inevitable.
America’s political landscape is not much better than the economic outlook. This year brings Obama’s reelection team to the forefront. They attempt to convince masses that although many promises given in 2008 race unfulfilled and after first four-year term over much more to be done more so can be accomplished if he put back in Oval Office. Obama’s initial successful run to the White House was based on a belief in change. I remember the posters and t-shirts vividly; talk of he being unlike others.
At beginning and end, to the left or right, public servants placed on an outdated plane. Romney represents the Republicans in 2012 and the similarities between the two party’s candidates hark attention yet mainstream media focused on comparable differences. All politicians one shadow since dawn of the republic.
It seems history though being written has stalled. Frankly it’s appalling. The worst thing one could be called fifty years ago was a communist, presently favorite accusation is terrorist. Enemy viewed as subhuman unfit beings lacking tolerance requiring conquer, identical to theory two thousand years ago.
I am not saying destroy the old, for by precise observation of past future molded out of imperfect present. Study, engage in seditious conversation to take up idle moments, and apply oneself not to making single decision every four years but to figuring out what step comes next.
By the way, the percentage of Americans who vote is pathetic; reason to worry. I don’t vote. Not because I don’t care mind you, I do.
But if voting could change anything, it’d be illegal. (And yes I know it’s currently a phrase marketed heavily).