“We need a President who understands that you don’t make citizens prosperous by making Washington richer, and you don’t lift an economic downturn by imposing one of the largest tax increases in American history. Now our opponents tell you not to worry about their tax increases. They tell you they are not going to tax your family. No, they’re just going to tax ‘businesses.’ So, unless you buy something from a ‘business,’ like groceries or clothes or gasoline, or unless you get a paycheck from a big or a small ‘business,’ don’t worry … it’s not going to affect you. They say they are not going to take any water out of your side of the bucket, just the ‘other’ side of the bucket. That’s their idea of tax reform.”
“Now, being a POW certainly doesn’t qualify anyone to be President. But it does reveal character. This is the kind of character that civilizations from the beginning of history have sought in their leaders. Strength. Courage. Humility. Wisdom. Duty. Honor. It’s pretty clear there are two questions we will never have to ask ourselves, ‘Who is this man?’ and ‘Can we trust this man with the Presidency?’” — FRED THOMPSON
“Alaska? Alaska, mother&*$#er? What is the reality in Alaska? There’s not even no crackheads in Alaska. There’s not even no black people. There’s not even no … like … crime? Or, like, foreign policies. Y’all may be versed on foreign policies, y’all need to get versed on black policies, and youth policies. We the future. John, you’re bugging the &*$# out, man.” — P. DIDDY
In the end, on the fourth of November, this election will be decided by the ten percent or so considered to be undecided or otherwise malleable voters, many of which, due to the celebrity status of Barack Obama, may very well be younger people drawn into the debate for the first time.
Now, each election year, every candidate claims to have energized the youth vote, yet when push comes to pull [the lever], the numbers never seem to materialize. This year, however, because of a largely unpopular wartime president, because of Barack Obama’s mastery of the teleprompter and soaring amorphous rhetoric, and because of the warm embrace of Obama by the mainstream media, I do think that the youth vote is significantly energized and one way or another will figure into the outcome of this election.
That being said, of the two acknowledged celebrities featured above, who will the more malleable voters listen to? Will Fred Thompson’s career as a B-movie character actor be enough to induce first-time voters into paying attention to talk of free trade and tax policy, or will P-Diddy’s assessment of John McCain’s pick of Sarah Palin as being “completely irresponsible” be enough? Will anybody in the MTV crowd care that P-Diddy’s claim that McCain should have asked Michelle Obama to be his running mate–a move the rapper suggested would be “strategic and fly”–is complete and total nonsense?
The continued downslide of American culture into senseless and superficial celebrity worship makes me fear for the country my daughter will inherit. If anything good is to come from this 2008 election cycle, it will be that more Americans than ever before have become involved in politics and the election process. But if voters in this representative republic are choosing representatives based upon the wrong reasons–or, in this case, bat-sh*t-crazy advice from a music mogul whose brain is smaller than his diamond earrings–it makes me wonder just how much increased involvement on such a superficial level actually helps.
At some point, I can only sit back and pray that common sense, that values akin to those on which this nation was founded so many years ago, will somehow prevail.