Political office is a career choice and these candidates do whatever is necessary to get the job. If they don’t win the first time they run they make adjustments to their presentation and try again: if you didn’t like the red suit they work last year they will wear blue the next time; if you want them to talk about school lunches they will talk about school lunches even if they don’t care about school lunches.
Debates are job interviews on steroids. Candidates determine what you want to hear, how you want to hear it and what they should be wearing when they say it so that you will believe they are very sincere. There are individuals, political consultants, who tell the candidate what you want and advise them to say what you want to hear.
The media makes money by telling you problems. During a political season they tell you the problems with candidate XYZ. If candidate TUV is part of an unpopular political group then they will tell you all the bad things about TUV but if the polls determine that people now like TUV then the media will start telling you the good and tell you the bad about candidate FGH. They are playing to your emotions not your intellect.
Politicians tell you what you need to know. The media presents information based on what they want you to retain in your mind. For example:
Candidate TUV has a friend who had an abortion years ago, this candidate is anti-abortion. His opponent calls him a hypocrite and declares for all to hear: “You associate with people who have abortion yet you don’t want a woman raped to have one.” The media reports: CANDIDATE XYZ ASSOCIATED WITH ABORTION. Both are misrepresentations of the truth unfortunately once the words are released it is hard to take them back.
What I do in selecting a candidate is to determine the type of person I want to hold that office. I read position papers, listen to the debates and listen to their speeches. I do not pay attention to what the polls say because polls only reflect the opinions of the people who were asked a question, they never ask me.
This election season is really no different than any other. People are getting so worked up about their “guy” that they become hostile to those who disagree with them. Citizens are getting worked up over a person who will have a job for 2 to 8 years maybe more, depending on the office and the number of terms, and then move on to bigger and better things. Yes we should take voting seriously however we do not need to get so worked up about it.
And that is the world according to NETTIE xxx Short Stories and essays and other ramblings by Marsha L F Randolph; All rights reserved do not use without the permission of the author Marsha L F Randolph