In the 2000 Indiana Primary, I went to the trouble of voting for the candidate who at that time I believed the best for the Republican Party cause, in this case John McCain. My vote mattered not a twit, and I knew it. At best my vote was a futile and symbolic gesture. By time the Indiana plebiscite arrived in 2000 "W" already had all the delegates he'd need.
On May 8, 2012, the Great State of Indiana will hold a primary election which includes, among other things, choices for each political party for their respective Presidential candidates. A Sample Ballot includes the names of Gingrich, Paul, Santorum, and somebody named Romney. By now, however, as they say at the track, "the fix is in." Given the lateness of the hour for this primary, how Indiana goes matters not a twit.
In spite of having virtually no voice in Presidential primaries we continue to be bombarded by all the inane nonsense, fantastic fabrications, and constant positional alterations which pass for political rhetoric these days. Listening to and watching all of this I was reminded of the 1972 Robert Redford movie, The Candidate:
"Idealistic young lawyer Bill McKay (Robert Redford), thoroughly involved with civil rights, legal aid and ecology, agrees to run for the U.S. Senate - not to win, he tells himself, but to bring vital issues before the voters. He despises political deals and compromises, but when the possibility of victory overshadows what seemed like certain defeat, his integrity begins to weaken. A fascinating and dynamic character study showing all the inner conflicts of a decent man torn between his ambition and his conscience. It tells what it costs - emotionally, morally, financially - to run for public office, and conveys all the doubts, all the self deceptions and ultimately all the cynicism of a man who knows he has sold out for something he isn't sure he really wants" (from imbd.com.).
As I watched this movie again after some 40 years the most striking thing was, as my mother said, the more things change the more they remain the same:
The national divide between liberal and conservatives still runs along the same fissures. The unemployment rate at the time of the movie the same 8 percent -- which "The Candidate" thought was a positive indicator of a strong economy. "The Candidate" thought it'd be his opportunity to go around saying the things he wanted to say, all with no danger of actually being elected -- only to find himself playing the game and saying the things the way the pros said to play and say. In the movie the hero wins, and in a famous closing scene admits he doesn't know what to do next.
The mythical Bill McKay and Ron Paul would deny the resemblance, but "The Candidate" reminded me a lot of the latter:
Paul advocates policies which only a small percent of Americans support (and fewer understand). He doesn't have an ice cube's chance of winning. Most importantly he apparently doesn't expect to be President of the United States (in an interview I saw he said the idea of actually winning was "terrifying").
It would be interesting for Ron Paul to start saying the things they say and playing the way they play, beating they what play that game so well. Defying the fix and the fixers only to ask "The Candidate's" question, "What do we do now?"
Knowing my vote in this Presidential primary would be a futile and symbolic gesture I picked my candidate from the Sample Ballot. My guy is listed as "No Candidate Filed."