I watched the debate last night and got absolutely nothing out of it. The only thing I learned is that I am secure in my choice to be neither a Republican nor a Democrat because I don’t agree 100% with either party. In my search for a defintion of exactly what each candidate stands for I found these interesting videos from none other than Marina Orlova of HotForWords fame. I keep stumbling across her videos in the most unexpected Google searches. BTW – if you’re offended by cleavage, don’t watch this video.
This is a follow up to yesterday’s post urging young people to change the current election system. This is my favorite musician, Ben Sollee, doing a Sam Cooke cover – A Change is Gonna Come.
We are in the homestretch of what has been an interminably long presidential campaign. Primaries, caucuses, polls, issues, wars, and even attire have been discussed and analyzed ad nauseum. And where has it gotten us? Smack in the middle of a competition that is in a virtual dead heat. The closeness of the race has encouraged some very bad behavior. Emails have been hacked. Intentional misstatements have been made. Race and gender and age have all been used in vicious attacks from all sides of this more than ugly affair. Both sides are saying experience is an issue while at the same time promoting change. It is utter madness. In short, the politicians are ruining this presidential campaign. As a YA author, I know I should be encouraging kids to take part in the process, but I can’t in good conscience promote their participation. Why should I? So, they can learn the art of spin, or how to be caddy and unseemly and still have the gall to say you’re taking the high road?
The only reason I would encourage the youth of America to get involved and pay attention is to learn what needs to be fixed. In essence, my plea is a plea for help. To every child from every corner of this country, please save us from this system. Come up with a better way. Remove the politicians from politics. I had a friend suggest that once the two candidates are picked after the primaries we should develop a multiple choice test that covers the ten major issues where each party holds opposite views. Instead of voting, we all take the test. Our vote subsequently goes to the candidate with which we most agree. No fuss. No muss. No more personal attacks after the primaries. We’ll actually talk about the issues. It sounds like the perfect solution.
So, young people, if you’re brave and you have the will to enact real change, get involved. Come up with a plan to make the system about the issues not the politicians. Please – and if you can come up with a plan before November, that would be great.
As an uninterested undecided voter, I’d like to create an organization for others like me to gather and kvetch. I can’t decide on a location for meetings… or agenda… or time… or membership requirements.
Maybe I should rethink this… or maybe not…. wait, what were we talking about?
As we head into the homestretch of the presidential election, this Ben Sollee song perfectly captures what I expect, and rarely get from our politicians. Just A Few Honest Words. If only.
Some political insiders are saying that John Kerry is on the top of Obama’s short list of vice presidential candidates. How can a career senator on your ticket help bring change to Washington? I’m guessing this rumor was floated to gauge the reaction. So, will this help or hurt Obama?
Okay, Obama Girl was a huge phenomenon, and the argument could be made that she helped Obama (in a very small way) in the earliest stages of the primary. The Incredible McCain Girl was kind of a lame attempt to capitalize on the Obama Girl craze. It was cute, but it really didn’t have the same kind of magic as the original. But now we have Hillary Man. I’ve got to say I think it’s better than Obama Girl. Take a look and tell me what you think.