- Posted September 28, 2012 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Is Likability More Important than Common Sense?
Election Day is fast approaching. In fact people in more than half of the US of A have already been taking advantage of early voting without even bothering to wait for the Presidential Debates which kick off next Wednesday.
The fact is undeniable. The majority of the nation have already chosen whether to support President Barack Obama for re-election or opt to hand the keys to Republican Mitt Romney.
We decry the partisanship in the nation's capitol that has led to stalemate and gridlock. We lament the lack of a viable 3rd party option.
Yet between 90 to 95% of the country have already decided who will get their vote.
Does this make sense?
If we are to go by all the polls, the likability factor seems to be the overwhelming reason for support of the President. If we are to go by the polls, the lack of likability seen in Romney is why he can't surpass the President.
Does this make sense?
Let's look at some uncomfortable facts.
According to data from the US Census Bureau median household income in the nation has fallen 4.8% over the last 3 years. That median income is now at 1993 levels.
The National Manufacturers Association in a recent survey of members found 2/3 of small business owners and manufacturers think there is too much uncertainty in the US economy to expand or hire new people. A whopping 69% of those surveyed say that the policies of the President have hurt businesses and manufacturers.
The World Economic Forum earlier this month released a report on global competitiveness which found the US 7th of 144 world economies. A short 5 years ago, the US was #1. The report also has the nation scraping near the bottom on “government budget balance, percent GDP” and “general government debt, percent GDP.”
Moody's, the credit agency that downgraded the US last year, threatened recently to once more downgrade the country's credit rating if the 2013 congressional negotiations do not “lead to specific policies that produce a stabilization and then downward trend in the ratio of federal debt to GDP over the medium term.”
Does this make sense that the race between the President and Romney is so tight?
Then all the polls continue to state that 55 to 60% of Americans think the nation is on the wrong track.
Have Americans devolved to a point that an election will turn on which candidate we would rather sit down with at the local bar and throw back a few shots or a beer or 2?
Does approaching the casting of our vote using common sense and researching the stances and policies proposed no longer have relevance?
Do records no longer matter?
Have we in this age of constant entertainment reverted back to a time when reason and logic were buried deep in the human psyche and we acted and reacted based on an emotional instinct instead?
From the Cornfield, will Americans cast their votes as informed voters this year or will Americans opt to vote by emotion?