With Michelle Bachmann’s announcement yesterday to run for president, there are nearly a dozen people who believe that they can steer this Ship of State. Are there clear choices? I don’t think so. The clutch of GOP candidates especially reminds me of that circus act when the clowns pile out of the tiny car. It appears that President Obama will have no challengers for his reelection bid. Thus, we are stuck with the current lot. Is it any wonder that few of our fellow citizens are satisfied with the direction of the Ship of State?
The election may be close depending on how radical the GOP nominee is, but what will come of it all? If Huntsman or Romney wins, will that improve the lives of the vast majority of our citizens? Will a 2nd Obama term be more memorable and achieve better results for The People than his first? What will the congressional quilt look like? And does that really matter to The People?
When I was a child, my mother made a hash loaf for dinner on Thursdays. She ground up the left-over Sunday beef roast and the Tuesday pork, adding the left-over potatoes and vegetables from those dinners. What came out of the grinder was an amorphous brownish gray paste which could be eaten only with the proper amount of ketchup atop it.
Hash loaf. That’s what The People of this nation will be served in November 2012. On the side will be the ‘new’ Congress which will be as appealing as the over-cooked, boiled asparagus I was forced to choke down. The winners will be very pleased with themselves as will their partisan supporters. A smell of optimism will waft across this land for a few weeks. Then, the cheering will have ceased, the enthusiasm will wane, and reality will once again face us- just like the hash on Thursday evenings. But, will there be enough ketchup?