Two Grumpy Old Men Fight while I Sing the Fortunate Son

Ok, I admit it, I watched some of the Presidential Circus Tuesday 9/29. Two old farts went on stage to present themselves to the World. It was not a pleasant viewing experience, no matter which side you are rooting for.

You have two old men standing on the greatest podium, trying to persuade the US voting population to vote for them as president, while the entire world was watching.

It was an old man version of a gladiator fight. Except neither of these “warriors” was able to move around on the stage, they failed to outmaneuver each other, and one was in great danger of falling asleep. A hot mess of a performance!

In the middle, you had a moderator that was having little success in being a fair referee. He was trying to maintain some level of direction, but part of the show is to let the competitors go after each other. People expect that. It is a debate about the biggest job in the world. At times he was about to lose his ‘cool’.

I’ve seen cleaner fights between kids on the playground, fighting over the free toys that were left for kids to play in the sand.

There was, in my opinion, no clear winner in last night’s debate. Several punches were pulled, but no nose bleeds. Neither candidate manage to sway too many voters to their side.

It is amusing that we have two millionaires standing on a stage, talking about taxes, healthcare, income protection, poverty line, low income, middle-class protections, etc. They have NEVER been living paycheck-to-paycheck.

They, and many of the politicians we have voted in, will never understand what it is like to budget for food, argue with utility companies about excessive fees, not being able to buy clothes, worrying about if you or your spouse will lose income. Not to mention other social problems that the majority of the US population go through daily.

The same goes for all the celebrities using their social platforms to call out injustice, political views, voicing their “concern” for the people, while all they are looking out for is their next multimillion-dollar movie contract.

It’s called life! Politicians and celebrities are far removed from that. So far that it is actually scary. Some might have experienced real-life early on, but they have surely forgotten quickly as their wealth grows.

The presidential circus will roll on for several more weeks. It will get nasty in the news. Politicians and celebrities will get verbal, spewing hatred for the candidates. Families, friends, and strangers will get embroiled in heated political discussions.

It is not pretty and it will only intensify in the coming days and weeks. The news media will keep stoking the fire and hatred, trying to divide the country further.

This is primetime TV. Not even worthy of an Emmy!

The only losers these months are the people!

Friends, family, and foe – do not despair. We have survived COVID, recession, wars, and superstorms. We can weather the presidential election storm and the political mud throwing that comes with it.

Creedence Clearwater Revival released this great tune in the 1960s, 50 years ago, and the lyrics are spot on, even today.

Some folks are born silver spoon in hand
Lord, don't they help themselves, oh
But when the taxman comes to the door
Lord, the house looks like a rummage sale, yes
It ain't me, it ain't me, I ain't no millionaire's son, no
It ain't me, it ain't me, I ain't no fortunate one, no

This is just part of the circus. In the end, our lives will go on and we will adjust.

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