Only three days into 2012, news hawks and pundits alike are making conclusions about the November election. Democrats and Republicans are both smelling victory. But the cynics are not as optimistic.
Before the first primary election, Republican candidates are either dropping out, thinking about dropping out, or hoping the other guy will drop out. There's also been a season-long criticism that there is not one breakout candidate. Of the seven or eight candidates who started out, most did seem very well-qualified. And if we use the standard of how we are measuring our current president, we could do a lot worse.
But, with the Republicans trying to get most of the attention on who they will be choosing, and President Obama will forgo effective governing and making key decisions. The Keystone pipeline is a quick example. The president will begin his campaign based on running against Congress. President Obama who was gaining momentum with his campaign four years ago as a uniter and healer of the country will be seeking to divide. He will base his campaign on negativity. Hope changes gone. Hope for change is gone.
The president has no record to run on. The economy is still being perceived as terrible. Unemployment is still higher than it was when he took office. His number one priority being jobs is just plain laughable. He still believes the only way to create jobs is to expand government. Obama believes the only way to give people opportunity is to take it from someone else. Has he helped the poor by creating more of them?
Campaigns are supposed to be about the future. But the future we got four years ago is certainly not warranting a continuation. The leadership of this country is trying to create a generation that believes they are entitled to everything by working for nothing. Protesting, demonstrating, throwing a hissy fit, whatever it's called, is now replacing the old adage of hard work will help you to achieve your goals.
This election will also be about the future. But it's time to ask the question, ".is this the best we can do?" Let's hope not. Not this time.