As we get further into this presidential election year, I find myself becoming more interested in the nomination process as Democrats and Republicans both try to figure out not who the best candidate is for the country, but the most likely to be marketable to the country as a whole. If you know anything about my political views, you'd know that I'm very cynical when it comes to politics. To me, it's simply a giant popularity contest, similar to electing a class president in high school.
To go a step further, I have said before and will say again that I don't view the President of the United States much differently than I view the Queen of England. Neither has a major influence over their country (that would be Congress and Parliament who have the major influences in their respective countries), but both are pointed to for the commendations or criticisms of the current state of affairs. Now, this hasn't always been the case, but it's been that way my entire lifetime. In fact, I can't even remember seeing a truly qualified candidate run for the presidency all the way to election day.
To say that television and JFK changed the presidency forever would not be an understatement.
Now, with that foundation laid, the reason why I find the primaries interesting is that there are still candidates in the mix who are qualified and truly want to make the U.S. a better place. This year is no exception.
Next time, I plan on giving a run down of my stances on the major issues (as opposed to making this one giant political entry). That way, you can see where I'm coming from when I put together a rundown of the candidates still in the running from each party. Being a registered voter without any affiliation, I hope to keep an non-partisan view of the candidates, but will maintain the bias of my personal views and beliefs. Keep an eye out for that!