A few thoughts for the week. *** You simply have to wonder. More and more people are voting because they are disillusioned with whoever happens to be in office rather than because they have a solid, positive view of some candidate\u2019s vision for the future. I suppose it\u2019s nothing new. Years ago Franklin P. Adams was credited with saying, \u201cElections are won by men and women chiefly because most people vote against somebody rather than for somebody.\u201d And so, we come to 2012 ... We have a president with whom lots of people are disappointed, facing off against a candidate with whom lots of people are dissatisfied. Folks simply aren\u2019t getting too fired up for anyone. There is, however, a lot of sighing and harumphing across the land. When asked why somebody is voting for whichever candidate, the answer generally is accompanied by a lot of \u201cer\u201d and \u201cum\u201d and \u201cah.\u201d You could expect hemming and hawing from us simple folk, but the commentary coming from \u201cOn High\u201d with regard to presidential candidates is often odd. Over the weekend, it was reported that House Speaker John Boehner now realizes that most Americans simply \u201c... aren\u2019t going to fall in love ...\u201d with Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney. Why would they? Boehner knows exactly with whom he is dealing, and he knows who will be heading to the polls in November. There is no great romance between Romney and the majority of people in this country. But then again, folks aren\u2019t too giggly about Pres. Obama either. Still, while referring to HIS candidate, Boehner noted \u201cThe American people probably aren\u2019t going to fall in love with Mitt Romney. I\u2019ll tell you this: 95 percent of the people that show up to vote in November are going to show up in that voting booth, and they are going to vote for or against Barack Obama.\u201d Wow! Now, that\u2019s a resounding endorsement! The GOP\u2019s Speaker of the House fully believes the majority of voters who cast their ballots for the Republican candidate are not actually voting FOR him, but rather are voting against the other guy. Sigh. What a lousy state of affairs. Even the legislative leaders of this nation understand there just isn\u2019t much of a choice, so, they reason, voters should pick the guy they think will do the least damage \u2014 not vote for who they think will actually do the most good. *** And then there are the \u201cWe the people ...\u201d crowd. While out shopping this past weekend, a guy walked up to me in a BR store and with no little degree of pugnaciousness announced, \u201cHey, Crees! We the people are going to take this country back in November.\u201d \u201cOK. Fine,\u201d was my reply. \u201c Um ... have you seen the eggplants?\u201d You gotta wonder. A) Who is \u201cWe the people ...\u201d? B) Who took their country? C) Who are they taking it back from? A) Well, the strange thing is that \u201cWe the people ...\u201d is all of us. ALL of us. Even the ones with whom you don\u2019t agree. \u201cWe the people ...\u201d is not limited to some so-called Tea Party folks. \u201cWe the people ...\u201d are liberals and conservatives, Democrats and Republicans, whites, blacks, and other people of color and ethnic origin, Christians, Jews and Moslems. (Yes, Moslems. Get over it.) \u201cWe the people ...\u201d voted for Obama and voted for McCain. \u201cWe the people ...\u201d support the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, and \u201cWe the people ...\u201d are vehemently against the same. \u201cWe the people ...\u201d are not \u201cYou the people ...\u201d It\u2019s \u201cWe.\u201d All of us. And if you don\u2019t understand that, you\u2019re missing the whole point. B) Nobody took your country. Nobody. In 2008, a majority of the voters in this constitutional democracy voted for a Democratic candidate instead of a Republican candidate. It\u2019s called a democracy. The Democrat won. The Republican lost. That\u2019s the way an election works. I promise you \u2014 at some point in the future, the Democratic candidate will lose and the U.S. will once again have a Republican president. When this happens, the Democrats will start whining about somebody stealing their country. Dude! Nobody took your country. It\u2019s right here. Enjoy it. Even though your guy didn\u2019t win, you\u2019re still blessed. C) I guess the tricorne hat wearers want to take \u201ctheir county\u201d back from ... other Americans. \u201cWe the people ...\u201d aren\u2019t happy. They feel mildly threatened. So \u201cWe the people ...\u201d want to \u201ctake the country back\u201d from the other \u201cWe the peoples ...\u201d If \u201cWe\u201d elected this administration with a democratic majority, why does \u201cWe\u201d think somebody stole their country? It simply makes no sense. It may well be that \u201cWe\u201d hasn\u2019t quite figured out just yet that \u201cWe\u201d includes people of color. \u201cWe\u201d involves ethnic and religious diversity. \u201cWe\u201d even includes women! Dear \u201cWe the people ...\u201d readers. Don\u2019t waste too much time, effort, or breath trying to save the nation and take the country back. If you really truly believe in \u201cWe the people ...\u201d the only people you\u2019ll be waging battle against will be \u201cWe the people ...\u201d And that\u2019s you!