U.S. machine well overdue for an overhaul

Nov. 20, 2012 @ 12:42 AM

Well, it’s been about two weeks since we re-elected the president. It seems that each presidential election gets more and more intense with the name calling and hoopla that surrounds a national event such as this.

Most people are glad it’s over and they can get back to watching their favorite mesmerizing TV show and numb the pain of everyday life.

I also noticed that in this election, fewer people voted. Obama received around 60 million to Romney’s 57 million votes. In 2008, Obama received around 67 million to McCain’s 58 million. Obama also got a lot more electoral votes.

So what is going on with the Democrats winning the last two elections? I won’t go into all the reasons and ramifications, but the people have spoken, I suppose.

I remember when I voted for Ronald Reagan back in 1984 when he ran against Walter Mondale. Reagan won everything except Minnesota and Washington, D.C. Mondale won that one state by 3,700 votes.

So, what do the people who didn’t vote for the current president do now for four more years? I know what the radio talk show “experts” will do: slam Obama and blame him for the rest of his term.

I don’t listen to those guys for more than a few minutes, but they all apparently read from the same script. They never seem to tire of the ranting and accusations. Of course, they are paid handsomely for that sort of thing.

I won’t tell you who I voted for, unless you ask me, but my man didn’t win. I was happy with my choice, though, and proud to have cast my vote for him.

What else has happened in the last two weeks? As of this writing, a very highly decorated military general and head of the CIA has been implicated in an affair which also brought in a third person just to add to his woes. I’m sure you’ve read all about it by now.

It would take too long to go over all the details. Everyone puts their pants on one leg at a time, even generals with a chest full of medals. Hopefully the general didn’t give away important U.S. secrets that could compromise our security. This kind of pillow talk could send our ex-CIA director to a not so comfortable cell.

Another Marine general, John Allen, is being investigated for sending 20,000-30,000 pages of emails to Jill Kelley who is linked to Gen. Petraeus. Sounds like someone has too much time on their four starred shoulders.

So, the FBI gets involved with the whole thing and what does the FBI agent do? He sends shirtless photos of himself to Jill Kelley; what else would he do? Doesn’t it sound like one of those ridiculous reality shows?

In another case of the ridiculous, a woman named Holly Soloman from Phoenix, Ariz., ran her husband over with the family car for not voting. He is in critical condition in the hospital, but recovering. That’s taking this voting thing a little too far.

He’s probably safer in the hospital than home with her anyway. Yes, politics can make a person crazy when they’re that passionate.

President Obama still has to answer the questions concerning the Benghazi attack and what went wrong that resulted in the deaths of the ambassador and his aides. Was it a terror attack or just some crazy wild militants with guns on a rampage? What did Obama know before the attack and did he do anything to help the ambassador in his time of need?

It will take some time to sort this one out.

How about this news: Residents in 34 states have petitioned the U.S. Government to secede from the union. Tennessee has gathered 19,000 signatures so far as the states will all present their petitions as soon as they all gather the required number. Are the people this upset that Obama won? It would appear so.

With Obamacare getting ready to kick in soon (this is a forgone conclusion), everyone will be required to purchase health care or risk the ire of the IRS. There is also the Obama gun grab issue with him signing the small arms treaty with the U.N.

With only two weeks behind us after the election, this is far too much nonsense to deal this, especially when we have over four more years to go. Remember, the new term doesn’t start until January. It seems that the well oiled machine known as the U.S.A. is in desperate need of an overhaul.

— Dan M. Smith is a Cincinnati native and Gatlinburg resident. He is the author of two novels. His son is serving in the Air Force. E-mail to dan0729@yahoo.com.