Monday, July 25, 2016

Cola Wars Dedux

By the time I post this, the Republican National Convention (Republic-Con) will be over and the Democratic National Convention (Demo-Con) will have started, and I have a few things to say about these two pretenders to the throne.

I was a teenager in the 1980’s and as such I was subjected to a nightly barrage of “cola war” commercials.

Most young people today won’t remember the cola wars, so I’ll tell you what they were.  Toward the end of the 1970’s and on into the ‘80’s, Pepsi Cola started an ad campaign that they called “The Pepsi Challenge.”  It involved a blind taste test, where participants drank from two cups of cola, one filled with Pepsi and the other with Coke.  They were then asked which tasted better.  In the commercials, of course, they always showed that the participants chose Pepsi.

The point of this is, that the idea of the Pepsi Challenge, that there are only two choices, is flawed.  The Cola War assumed that Coke and Pepsi were the only two cola-like soft drinks.  They banked on the assumption that you, the American consumer, were unaware that there were and are other options.
Shasta, makes a pretty good cola, and it will cost you about a dollar less per bottle.  RC Cola, bottled by the Dr. Pepper company, (also a very fine choice, by the way), has a very unique flavor that I almost prefer to Coke or Pepsi.  Although not truly a cola, per se, Moxie is probably one of the oldest cola-like soft drinks out there and has a flavor that is probably more different than anything you have ever tried.

Some of these other cola brands may be a little hard to find.  You may need to do some research, look around, walk into specialty stores rather than your local mega-mart, be informed, but once you find one of these smaller brands, the experience and rewards will be so worth the effort.

I hope that you are understanding my analogy here.  If not, let me be very blunt.

Last week, while listening to my local NPR station, they were interviewing some Republican hack from the floor of Republic-Con and he kept saying that the American People have two choices.  That they can vote for, either, Donald or Hillary.



To my way of thinking, the American People have at least four choices (although it’s probably closer to six).
Americans can choose between Donald and Hillary, of course.
But they also have Gary Johnson from the Libertarian Party and Jill Stein from the Green Party.

That’s way more than just 2 choices!  But do the American voters know that?  No!
Why?  Because the two major parties don’t want you to know about the other candidates.  That’s why.

It’s the Cola Wars Redux… American politics style.

What if the political taste test (We’ll call it the Demo-Challenge) comes up with a “neither” answer.

Unbiased poll taker: “Which do you prefer cup ‘A’ or cup ‘B’?”
Average American Voter: “Well, they both are pretty nauseating, but ‘A’ totally made me toss my cookies, so I’ll choose ‘B’.”
Unbiased poll taker: “Did you know that there are two other choices? Why don’t you try cups ‘C’ and ‘D’?”
Average American Voter: “Wow! ‘D’ is very tasty! But ‘D’ has no chance of winning, so I’ll stick with ‘B’, the one that can win, and didn’t quite make me throw up.”

Where is the logic in that?

Republic-Con, just ended, and the hall was filled with people who like Trump & people who don’t like Trump, but who will vote for him because he’s not Hillary. There were also a few people there, the Utah delegation comes to mind, who do not like Trump, and because of that, they got death threats.  I’m not even joking about that.

Donald Trump’s acceptance speech was dark, designed to make us afraid.  Now, I’m not one to sit here and tell you that the country is all full of wine and roses.  We have a lot of problems, but Trump didn’t offer a single policy idea that would change things, all he said (in a nutshell) is that America is circling the bowl and the people who flushed it are the immigrants, Muslims, and the Democrats.

Donald is banking on your fear, and so will Hillary.  I guarantee it.

It is time for Americans to wake up to the dog and pony shows that are Republic-Con and Demo-Con.  It is time for a 3rd and 4th party.  It is time to force the major media to cover the campaigns of down-ticket candidates, and inform American voters of the other choices for president.
It is time for Americans to take back their country and to reject the two major parties.

Vote 3rd party!  Your satisfaction guaranteed or return for a full refund.

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