The Longest Election Year Ever? Don't Wake Me Up Until Wednesday

Posted: November 02, 1992

The greatest thing about this year's presidential election is that it will be over tomorrow evening.

A long time ago I began to wish that election campaigns lasted two months instead of two years.

All these people who pretend to be statesmen instead of the petty politicians that they are, come at us with their mouths full of lies. They say the most outrageous things with straight faces. We look at one another and wonder if they are for real.

It doesn't matter what their names are or which party they belong to. They just open their mouths and the words fall out. Before you know it, you suspect that somebody, from another country or planet, is talking. They twist, distort, revamp and reorder history. They take credit for things that never touched their lives and they ignore past promises that lived no longer than the time it took to deliver them in some speech.

By August of every election year, just about everybody's had it up to their eyeballs with the promises and charades.

This year was different in that there was an independent little joke named Ross Perot who talks like a farmer that rushed out after someone took the padlock off the barn door.

Just because he's accumulated a few billions, Perot thinks that qualifies him to be president. But you don't solve world problems with one-liners. Perot is interesting television but the world does not move forward on sound bites.

The moment we met Perot's running mate, Adm. James Stockdale, everybody knew that Perot wasn't serious about winning the White House. Stockdale's a nice man but his performance during the debates provided us with our first positive view of Dan Quayle.

Perot insists the American people should go into the voting booth tomorrow and pull the lever that would make him the president of an already troubled America.

On Friday, he was still shouting that he was going to win the election. He didn't even smile when he said it. You have to wonder how smart Perot really is. Any person who would spend upwards of $65 million just to make it in the history books must need a lot of reassurance.

Then there is this fella named George Bush who acts as if he is just starting out in politics. He tries to ignore the fact that he has been a part of what is wrong with America for more than 30 years. He rarely mentions his role as vice president under Ronald Reagan's questionable leadership.

President Bush flinches whenever anybody brings up his support of Saddam Hussein just prior to our invasion of Iraq.

He enjoys taking credit for the collapse of communism. Although the Cold War ended on his watch, you can hardly credit him with wrecking the Soviet Union. Fortunately, that fatally flawed system self-destructed.

In a moment of unbridled candor, Bush told interviewer David Frost last

December, "I will do what I have to do to be reelected." And he has. He's accused Vietnam protester Bill Clinton of being unpatriotic. He's accused Congress of thwarting his every effort.

The President claims his dog Millie knows more about foreign policy than those "bozos." Meaning Clinton and Gore.

On the subject of Bush's foreign policy and his championship of democracy, where was he when those students were murdered in Tiananmen Square, demonstrating for democracy?

If elected, will Clinton go down in history as the best American president? I don't think so. But the man has the vision that Bush lacks, the knowledge that Bush needs, and the courage to make difficult decisions that will lead our nation out of the morass and malaise that envelops us.

I believe that Clinton will be better able to work with Congress, whatever its political composition. While I disagree with his position on choice, Clinton's views go beyond mere political expediency.

It has been a long time since we have have been blessed with real leadership in this country. Whatever his faults, Clinton is an articulate and thoughtful man, one wise enough to know that he does not have all the answers.

With Bill Clinton as President, America has a chance to rediscover itself. The reelection of George Bush means four more years of blaming others. He is the president of the fasting-growing industry in the nation - the Excuse Industry. No more excuses: America can do better.

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