Tuesday, February 12, 2008

To Huckabee, Or Not To Huckabee

Mike Huckabee is living proof of the American dream. I know nothing about the man, or where he stands on the issues related to the Presidential election, but the fact that he's willing to remain in the race despite his underwhelming odds is admirable proof that our democratic system still works. Consider the message bow-outs like John Edwards and Mitt Romney have sent to the definitively younger America paying attention to this race: when the going gets tough, get out of there, like immediately. It's one thing to relegate our country to a polarized, narrow-minded two party system, but to denigrate the process to just a few headline-grabbing candidates is a disgrace to the multiple choice nature of our electoral system.

Further, Romney's most recent speech confirms my suspicions about the Presidential race -- that anybody that runs for the office of President of the United States doesn't do so out of a benevolent love of his country, but rather simply for oneself. If Romney really felt like he was the best qualified candidate for Commander-in-Chief, he would've run his race to the bitter end. He would've fought for it. "I'm the only one that can give this country what it needs, damn it! I don't care what the polls say -- America needs me!" Alas, the "suspension" of his candidacy for the sake of his political party proves where his priorities really are. His actions prove that contemporary politics are only about being on the winning team. Nothing else, like personal integrity or conviction, really matters.

So, who am I voting for? At this point, the question is equivalent to ordering Coke at a restaurant, and the waiter replies, "Pepsi okay?" The options are different but the same, and despite the similar tastes, you go the whole meal thinking that it's not really what you wanted. Thank goodness Mike Huckabee has no problem being the Tab.

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