This was a monolog from the West Wing that was delivered by Bruno (Ron Silver) to Sam Seaborn (Rob Lowe) durring the re-election campaign for Jed Bartlet (Martin Sheen).

It is very much how I feel about politics today, almost exactly.

Now who has the balls to step up and be a statesman and LEAD this country?

President Obama has had his moments, he's had his failures. That's true of all presidents. I still support him, but it's not without some effort at times. I understand his intent to compromise and admire it as a statesman like quality. Though it does seem to more often end up that he just gives in and they still say no, just because it came from him...

The Rethuglicans have NO ONE of value, character, or merrit running or attempting to run for POTUS, no one that is honestly willing and/or looking out for the people, instead of the corporations. After all, corporations are NOT people. If they were, they would be called people/citizens instead of CORPORATIONS.

I think there are aspects of each side that are right, the intent and honesty to follow through with exactly that is where I question.

So much time is spent just trying to cut down the other guy at all costs, regardless of what it does to the nation and the people.

A two party or three or four party system would be fantastic, unfortunately right now we have the hateful bullies, and the shrieking violets (rethuglicans v Dems) and then there are the tea party loons that may have some intelligent people somewhere, but none are in office or running for office. I find it very telling that they can't get a smart one up front and in the line up. And it makes me even more concerned about the mindset of those that support these individuals.

Wouldn't it be interesting if we could all just work together. Democrat, Republican, Tea Party, Independent... for the actual goals of government, and not for the rights of power and greed. To further this nation and it's freedoms, not the idelogs and theologs of the scene. To put forth those of the highest intellect and skill to take on the tasks of the day and to reach for the future.

Wouldn't it be interesting if instead of voting for the best hair do who happens to use the right buzz words regardless of accomplishments, evidence of skill or intellect, that if we instead were to vote for the best and the brightest among us. Those that understand the most basic of knowledge about the world. Such as Africa is a continent, and that Paul Revere rode to warn that the British were coming… Or better yet, that homosexuals are no less people than heterosexuals, that those who believe in one faith are no less valuable as a person than those who believe of another faith.

A nation free from tyrany, free from religious persecution, free to speak out and seek out happiness... surely thats worth working for and fighting for?

To turn away from the vitriol and hate, to shut down the religious zealotry that is somehow required in some parties and a required belief in the Judeo-Christian God... If there is a separation of church and state, and no religious persecution and the individual shows that they have education and experience and a track record to back it up, what difference does it make which deity they choose to believe in??

Surely a nation where all are free to practice their religions and lives freely is worth fighting for? Maybe we can even have a nation that can have a president that is allowed to take part in those freedoms?

Your entitled to your opinion, I am entitled to mine. Your entitled to disagree with me, and I you... You are NOT entitled to attack and belittle me, nor I you. You are NOT allowed to legislate hate and descrimination into the laws of the Land of the Free and Home of the Brave.

"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."

Surely thats worth fighting for? Surely thats worth respecting? Surely that still means something?

DB