The Conventions: Hatred and Division, or Love and Compassion?
What should best determine my vote?
Is it what I see and hear, or what someone tries to tell me I saw and heard?
The Republican's National Convention in Tampa, Florida (August 27, 2012), and the Democrats National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina (September 3, 2012) and those days after provide the clearest look at both parties' platforms, and both parties' candidates gathered with their like-minded supporters.
Both conventions are playing a significant role in my deciding which party gets my votes (for president, House, and Senate) when I vote on November 6, 2012. The head-to-head debates which were following the conventions are also big factors.
What have I looked for? What roles will the conventions and debates play in my decisions as a person who tries hard to vote for the best candidates and not just from loyalty to one or the other party?
I know what I want to see in Congress and the White House in January 2013. I wrote an article spelling out those qualities, especially for the White House, http://perspycacious.hubpages.com/hub/What-Not-Who-Do-I-want-To-See-In-the-Oval-Office-Next-Year and those same qualities will get my votes.
Will the candidates who get my vote meet all of those qualities? If not, are some of my criteria more important than others?
One essential is this one: are candidates fostering hatred and division, or love and compassion? Given a choice between the two, my choice would be an obvious one.
That said, I will have to be careful, this election especially, to distinguish between what a given candidate says, and what is written and said by non-candidates seeking to influence my choices and my votes. [Super Political Action Committees (Super PACS) have already tried to foster such distortions.]
If hatred and division were to characterize both parties' campaigns, and the character of their candidates, I would be ashamed to vote for anyone. America means more to me than to disgrace my vote by supporting such tacticsl.
I want to see candidates demonstrate their love of America and their compassion for all Americans. The national conventions and the various debates allow my decision to be based on facts and intuition. I trust those above poitical advertisements and sound bytes taken out of context. I don't need media to tell me what I hear and see for myself, or some political "spin doctors" to interpret what I see and hear.
How about you?
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