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Continuing Thoughts about 2010

I am glad to see that we have finally finished the 2008 Presidential race. I'm glad that's over. I think we were all just tired of it, and that campaigning became a distraction from dealing with the war on terror, the economy, and just the daily life of America. 2 years is too long for this to go on. I'd like to see all of the primaries moved into the summer, conventions at the end of the summer. That way, Americans don't have to deal with this nonsense for 2 years. For 2 years, Senators McCain, Obama, and Clinton haven't done their jobs, they've run for office.

If I thought that 'Doug for President 2012' was actually being taken seriously, I would drop it. Based on my webhits, I've had a whopping 10 people even look at this. This is really just my outlet for my political rambling.

I do think that in 2010, we need to see many more people be willing to run for office. I don't know if it will take the Fairness Doctrine revived to get advertising or news coverage of obscure candidates, but it might. We've got to do something to get people more willing to serve.

And this even applies to people I would desperately like not to be in office. We need to be challenging one another. I think that is one reason for the conservative slide from 1994-now---after sweeping in during the Clinton Presidency, nobody really challenged the Republican Ascendancy, which led to complacency, elitism, and defeat. No party should feel entitled to power, no elected official feel entitled to the post.

Senator Obama's win should help us see that anyone in this country can be President. Now let's get anyone to run....(and turn off the cynicism that 'anyone can be President' as long as they are wealthy lawyers, media darlings, lifelong politicians, related to Presidents.)

Who will run? Think about it. Maybe you have ideas that need to be heard. Maybe you have the ability to listen to others, and can make their ideas happen. Try it. Run.

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