OPINION: U.S. Politics, lies and truth

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(WAIPAHU--FEBRUARY 3, 2016)--Blessed Wednesday and aloha from Hawai'i everyone. Voting kicked off in the 2016 Presidential race Feb. 1 so it's now time to talk
about U.S. politics, lies and truth.

I'm entertaining the notion that people in general have become so disenchanted with politics and the lies of politicians that many have just written off politics
as something they can't be bothered with, a silly game that rarely takes the real concerns of average families, the diminishing working class, into consideration.
The United States of America, it seems, has become victim to struggles of politics, power and money. Those most affected live in extreme poverty. It's become
increasingly evident in the growing economic divide of this nation. There's a widespread distaste for all things related to politics and a refusal to participate
altogether. The resign to just sit it out because politicians are liars is a big indication that something needs fixing in this democracy -- and fast.

"The way this country is now," a former U.S. Army soldier who lives in Mililani tells me, shaking his head. "I'm not happy with the way this country is going."

I continue to gather viewpoints on voting and elections from people of varying backgrounds, of all ages and different ethnicities, employed in a wide range of
fields: in communications, church service, public service, law, the military, education, health, retail, auto detailing, tire replacement and repair, food service,
even in the strip club industry. As it has been often said: "everyone's voice matters." So far, the information I've managed to collect show that locals and islanders generally
don't like politics and they certainly don't like politicians. People are detaching themselves from politics because they are finding it more and more difficult
to believe elected officials. These people are not crazy. They have good reason to feel this way.

People with a military background, with loved ones, children, husbands and wives in the military, who have served in the military, vary on where they stand
with voting but hold strong opinions on the state of the nation and the administration currently in power in the nation's capitol of Washington D.C., the
person occupying the White House -- U.S. President Barack Obama, Commander-In-Chief of the U.S. Armed Forces.

I'm neutral when it comes to political parties, I like to stick to the issues. It must be highlighted that it is a Democrat currently at the helm of the USA. The
reason it has to be highlighted is that despite all the talk in news reports, we can expect that America will inherit the agenda and habits of the incumbent if
another Democrat takes the Oval Office. That's not meant to sway your opinion toward the opposition. It's meant to inform you.

For the purposes of informing those who rarely pay attention to politics and are not familiar with American political jargon, the Democrats are
considered the "left-wing," the liberals. Nickname, the Dems. It is one of two major political parties in our country. Their major opposition is the Republican
Party, the "conservatives" also called the "right wing." Nickname, the GOP. (I highly suggest following the U.S. Presidential race on the Samoa Observer