Joe - you are from a TOTALLY BLUE state and most likely fly a BLUE FLAG in your front yard and I agree with Rebel Biker that bringing any of this up here on a biking site will only separate people that will otherwise get along with the simple ideology of motorcycling. To what end I ask?!
No blue flags here. The Republican party has suppressed free markets by regulation to rid it's friends of competition. During election it champions free markets while insuring there will be no free markets through taxation and regulation. Just because I can't vote for them doesn't mean I think that all of us would be better off living in a pre communist state.
Capitalism got us from being serfs in a feudal state to where we are today, increasing our personal wealth rather quickly and effectively.
Communism has led to the impoverishment of every group who has experimented with it. However Capitalism requires free markets to work. The Republican party is as much or more anti free markets as the Democrats in spite of their rhetoric.
If you read our history we have never had free markets.
We almost saw one once. Then Lincoln (R) moved troops on the south to prevent it from opening the first tariff and duty free ports that any states in north America had seen.
Perhaps there were some free markets on the original frontier but our government quickly put the skids on that too.
We did have less regulated and more free(er) markets than the rest of the world for a time which led to our spectacular growth. However had we had true free markets anything might have been possible.
The USofA is a mess... thats a fact no doubt. What you didn't decide to include in your factual (and logical) statement is: Theres not one President who can take all the blame or none of the blame, they are all in fact JUST MEN! just like you and I, they pull their pants on one leg at a time and do the best they can do with what they have been presented.
I agree with everything except the last line of your paragraph.
A close look at history since the civil war would show that our presidents did not do the best they could for the nation. They instead helped special interest groups to use the power of the government to strong arm the majority of our citizens. These acts were to the average citizen's harm but the redistribution of wealth and power was to the profit to the special interest group who had been assisted.
Obama is not the "Anointed One", the "Messiah", or even a "Rock Star" as many have delivered him as, he is just another man, a black man, a difference that many white people even believed and gave an opportunity to prove himself because thats the way America is - "the land of opportunity"
That opportunity to provide "Hope and Change" to the masses by this man has brought our country to the edge of possible economical extinction by way of debt owed. The bottom line is we are broke as a country, all our government leaders are morally broke and many of the people of this nation are on the take (59% are on welfare of some sort) that percentage includes working at a job for a government that has no profitable income to pay their employees salaries and benefit packages.
Hows that Hope and Change working for ya now?!
Isn't it better to discuss what is going on intelligently, and why not here.
Politics are usually discussed in a black and white environment as if things involving people are either right or wrong.
My thoughts are, if the problem involves people and you suddenly come up with a simple solution, you know that the solution is wrong.
People are complex and so are real solutions to their problems.
We will have to sort this out sooner or later. These problems will not solve themselves and the two political parties have no interest in solving them. We may be powerless but we don't have to be ignorant of where we stand.
Take a look back at the fall of the Roman Empire... We could all learn something from the past... but we wont.
Learning and changing are two different things. But it would be better if we learned first.
To what purpose? Maybe we can do politics in a more calm and intelligent fashion because we are bikers?