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Are the American People ready for this election to be over? I vote ‘yes’

Are the American People ready for this election to be over? I vote ‘yes’

Posted: Friday, November 2, 2012 8:01 pm
By: By David Critchlow Jr.

The American People have heard lots of presidential campaign catch-words or catch-phrases intended to influence their votes, including “Hope,” “Change,” “Forward,” “Believe,” “Clear Eyes” and “Full Hearts.”
In 2008, the American People supported “Hope” and “Change.” It appears now that some of those American People “Hope” there’s “Change” at the top in 2012.
It seems like the only message I hear from either candidate anymore is: “Blah, blah, blah, blah, the American People, blah, blah, blah, blah, the American People, blah, blah, blah…”
Throw in some timely finger pointing and fancy mudslinging dodge-ball moves and you’ve got yourself a prime candidate for the American People.
President Obama now says the American People are ready to move “Forward” with him for the next four years.
“And because of the resilience and the determination of the American People, we’ve begun to fight our way back,” he said.
Romney says “Forewarned” is the word the American People need to have in mind when it comes to the president’s plans.
The Republican challenger’s campaign slogan is “Clear Eyes, Full Hearts, Can’t Lose,” to which his opponents among the American People say he’s just plagiarizing a line from the movie, “Friday Night Lights.” Apparently, some of the American People like the movie and the way the actor/coach uses that catch-phrase better than the way Romney uses it.
Of course, injecting “the American People” into politics is nothing new.
After his election, President Obama said, “I don’t care whether you’re driving a hybrid or an SUV. If you’re headed for a cliff, you have to change direction. That’s what the American People called for in November (of 2008), and that’s what we intend to deliver.”
Obviously, many of the American People question just what has been delivered and whether or not the driver is actually heading away from the cliff, but let’s move “Forward.”
One of my favorites is from Romney, who said, “And the American People are the greatest people in the world. What makes America the greatest nation in the world is the heart of the American People — hardworking, innovative, risk-taking, God-loving, family-oriented American People.”
Maybe every once in a while they could refer to the American People as y’all.
For example: “Y’all are great and with y’all’s help, we can work together to make everything better.”
Lately, all I seem to hear about are the undecided voters among the American People, especially in Ohio.
When did the American People from the other 49 states designate Ohio to determine the next president for all of the American People?
Because my middle name isn’t “Undecided” — and I’m not from Ohio — few seem to care about my insignificant vote.
But if I were guessing, I’d say the majority of the American People are tired — tired of the negativity, tired of the partisan politics and tired of all the talk about what a candidate — presidential or otherwise — is going to do in office for the American People.
Personally, I don’t think they give a damn about the American People. I think the self-serving politicians these days would rather assign blame elsewhere than do what it takes to work together to get this country and the American People back on their feet.
I’m one of the disgruntled American People and I disapprove of their message.
Editor David Critchlow Jr. may be contacted by email at

Published in The Messenger 11.2.12