As we move into the last days of this election season the predictable angry and insulting dialogue has intensified. It is most obviously noted in the Presidential campaign where truth is trumped by
hyperbole, exaggeration and outright lying. Unfortunately, we are not immune in our small city and county to the spit and push mastered by those who orchestrate the races for and against various positions and issues. I know from experience such interactions lead to defensiveness and more anger. It is a hard thing to transcend.
I wonder how we have gotten to such a place? I am not alone in the desire to know the candidates for the people they are now, not for the people who might have done something foolish or said something dumb in the past. I am not alone in my desire to know how the candidates think and what they might really do to solve the huge problems that face our country. And yet it is almost impossible to glean much of great value from the TV, radio or newspapers. It appears to me the press has devolved to an entertainment industry where we hear the reporters opinions rather than hear from the candidate’s themselves.
My wish is that we can focus on with the issues, not the personalities. I see this as an opportunity to make a decision regarding a candidate, or an ballot initiative, based upon something more concrete than what some paid marketeer wants us to know. It is a great challenge to gain real information regarding the major issues of our country, county and city. It places a larger burden on us the voter. I believe we are up to the task. Lets close our ears to the yelling and try to ferret out what the benefits of a particular initiative is or who the candidate is that really has the greater good in mind might be.