Campaign 2016 - Part IV (What have we learned so far?)
And our flag waves its lessons proudly, when we remember them.
How much American History do you remember?
The Alamo, Guadalcanal, the Ardennes, Korea, Vietnam, Challenger,
"Do nothing", Executive Orders, National Debt, trade imbalance, stagnant wages?
How much do you know about today's world, capitols, cultures, wars, religions?
How good a citizen are you?
Are you ready to vote? Are you concerned about the nation's future,
its schools, veterans, medical care, infrastructure, and the elderly?
Does it matter who leads us?
What do you look for in a future leader?
Must they be ethical, moral, hard working, determined, strong convictions, compassionate?
You and I will decide, along with 143 million more or less who have a preference.
Who will lose? Who will "win"? Who will care?
Sizing them up....
Papers (editors really) have spoken up in Iowa and New Hampshire, New York, and South Carolina. Do you trust the collective wisdom of just four people? Wouldn't that epitomize elitism?
Is it time to hold the vote today, eliminate more wasteful spending? Can't we decide based on the candidates' lifetime stories and what we already know about their personal and professional lives? What difference can the next nine months make that the past 45 years or more haven't?
Of course, the next nine months can focus in on past mistakes, character flaws, innuendo, and how much any given candidate's character can be assassinated, distorted, and manipulated in those same editors' papers, in talk show hosts' blather, and social media pontificating by folks of differing powers of discernment and outright gossip.
I say let's get it over with, draw sides and hold 50 real debates (one in each state), give folks time to mull it over and vote. Skip the laudatory and accusing fliers and ads, the robocalls, and the rest of the nonsense. Then vote and try our best to put the country back together again moving forward supporting the chosen leader who comes out on top of the heap of Congressional "also ran" victors and those with tenure who didn't even have to campaign.
I know that by law we can't vote earlier than next November, but I surely wish we could.
How much will 143 million voters change by then, and will the changes be for the better, or will it be like second guessing our initial wisdom and just hoping we come up with something better?
How long is an American voter's attention span?
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