2010-10-29 / Columnists

The Progressive

Silly Season
By John Paul Culotta

As the leaves fall off trees, and the shoppers are in stores seeking the perfect costume, we are also confronted with the silly season of election campaigns.

It would be amusing if this season was only for comic relief.

Unfortunately, some of the comedians will be elected and will be given the responsibility to govern in our congress, state legislatures, governors’ mansions, and city councils. This mid-term election will be seen as a referendum of President Obama’s administration by the media.

It appears incumbents will have a difficult time.

Republicans are confident of victory.

It appears the issues of how to secure this country from international terrorists and how best to manage the economy so all Americans have an adequate standard of living is taking a backseat to whether a candidate is a witch, whether a candidate was untruthful regarding military service, whether masturbation should be lawful, whether sharia law is a possible threat in the United States, whether a mosque should be built near ground zero, and whether gay pride parades are harmful to children.

Why are our political campaigns hijacked by this silly season of manufactured threats to our American way of life. Our republic is in serious peril and our political debates are so sophomoric.

The message voters should give to the political elite is not anger, but laughter at their buffoonery!

Americans should demand and agitate as the Europeans are now doing, for less austerity for the masses and more indictments and convictions for those who acted in a criminal and/or unethical way that caused the economic misery. It is not civil servants, the undocumented worker, or the homosexual, the atheist, or the Moslem that caused the misery.

We must now plan on how to achieve a more equitable way of life and just society.

We must learn to safeguard our citizens from harm without unnecessary expenditure of blood and treasure.

We need to examine military expenditure as a possible contributor to the deficit.

We need to discuss this intelligently and calmly and not witchcraft and masturbation.

If we fail to resolve the widening gap in income and the continuous war in which we are engaged our society will come apart.

This election cycle saw little discussion of our military situation and occupation in foreign lands.

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