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Baton Rouge : LA : USA | Mar 14, 2012 at 5:33 PM PDT
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South Carolina Primary: The Godfather of Republican Elections

Lets face it-- This is, by far, the worst presidential election that this country has ever seen. That is the point.

Every Tuesday (sometimes Saturdays), republican and conservative voters have headed to the polls by state to cast their ballots for whoever they feel is the best to receive the GOP nomination to run against President Barack Obama. If you flip your television to mainsteam news networks such as CNN and FOX, you will be able to see the mudslinging and slander. How awful. As each primary passes by like pages turning in a novel, it seems as though the words spoken by the candidates have evolved into heavy lighter fluid, causing political wildfires. This is the America we live in.

I first voted back in 2008, fresh out of high school and very anticipated about my first election. It was my pleasure to vote for Obama, who I saw as an energetic optimist. However, I do not recall his opponent, John McCain, being involved in so many verbal wrestles and insults among his peers who were all gunning for the nomination of their respective party. It is not necessary because it creates division and conflict, and in a country where there are many social atrocities and problems, do we need any more of that? Comparing and contrasting the events of the previous and current elections, we are experiencing many shifts in America. Perhaps we have lost sight of the big picture.

Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney is poised to be the person to defeat Obama, so is Rick Santorum, who previously served as a U.S. Senator representing the state of Pennsylvania. They have both had their exchange of words towards the President and each other. If you ask me, I'm not looking forward to saying the words "President Romney" or "Santorum". The thoughts cut like samurai swords. And what about Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul? It is a shock that they believe that they are going to have any more victories in this race.

Each of these men believe that they will be the next President of the United States, when in reality, these will be the outcomes: Only one of them will get the nomination and either they or Obama will be defeated. What do I think? Well, being an openly gay African-American Buddhist who is also an English major in college, a part-time substitute teacher, and greatly supports the Occupy movement, none of these conservatives have my vote because they do not represent me or my values. I rather be at home listening to Sade and reading Cry, The Beloved Country than partying with the republicans. At least I will never hear elephant sounds there.

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ThomasLHinyard is based in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, United States of America, and is a Stringer on Allvoices.
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