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The Conventions: Hatred and Division, or Love and Compassion?

Updated on August 24, 2012

What should best determine my vote?

I think I will weigh the candidates by the tactics they use, and the issues they are willing to discuss.
I think I will weigh the candidates by the tactics they use, and the issues they are willing to discuss. | Source

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, 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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      TSAD 5 years ago from https:// online/ hubpages. html

      I can't believe Clinton is giving the key note speech at the Dem's convention...a friend of mine works on the campaign and sent me a clip of part of the speech Clinton is going to use at the convention. Considering the overall tone of Obama's campaign so far I don't see it changing the tone.

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      Demas W Jasper 5 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      What taste the conventions and debates have left in your moth will likely have a lot to do with how you vote or don't. Good luck making the right choices (House, Senate, Prexy.)

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      Amy Becherer 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      I would say I look at the candidates from the same perspective I use in assessing anyone's character. It's a combination of what they say, body language, nuances (have you ever seen the program "Lie to me"), in addition to their circle of friends and associates. I see corruption on both sides of the fence. I've spent many an election, ploughing through the rhetoric to try to find the lesser of two evils. This year is different. The dire straits I find myself in due to circumstances created by the bankers and our gov't that protects them lets me know I'm on my own. I'll save the cost of the fuel to get to me to "mission impossible" and conserve my energy for coming up with the funds for groceries. Bah humbug.

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      Demas W Jasper 5 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      What thought provoking moments can we draw from the conventions and the debates? Probably none for non-viewing voters! Yes, hype and hooplah, but important grains of substance and difference which count toward being an informed voter.

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      Karen Silverman 5 years ago is sooo depressing! I couldn't agree more. it would be against my principles as well to vote one idiot in over the nuther, but - the choices are so limited, and seemingly both so idiotic! Love it if you'd drop by, P - i think you'd find my latest hub interesting. It's called 'election 2012: GOP promises future generations a better world?'

      hope to see you there..

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      Deborah 5 years ago from Las Vegas

      hello perspycacius , It is so true, they area bunch of "spin doctors" that are more in fear for their political careers than their country. I don't believe anyone anymore, I just want to see results. Jobs, healthcare, and affordable education would be really nice. Thanks for a very thought provoking article.