I am increasingly upset at the tactics used in a Presidential contest. Aren't you? I mean, people who are tearing each other down, lying on each other, making up facts, stretching the truth, and consistently leaving out little details that are very important to someone's statement. All of this, in order to sway the thinking and the support of the voting public.
What ever happened to a fair fight? What ever happened to honesty, valour, and respect? How can the American people decide to put ANYONE into office who has assassinated another American's character all in the name of a good fight?
The more I get involved, read, look at sites like www.factcheck.org, and listen to the candidates; the more sick to my stomach I become. No wonder people tune out politics and the 'system'. No wonder people think, "my vote doesn't count" and "they'll do what they want to do anyway". It's easier to turn a deaf ear than to put up with all the hate-mongering, scare tactics, and false information being spewed by our major political parties.
Listen, I respect Barack Obama for trying to run a campaign based on the issues, but he is not blameless in all of this either. He has shaded the truth about people's record just as much as the next guy. But I have noticed that he has not tried to assassinate the character of his rivals or to question their patriotism or even to paint them as crazy ideological nutcases. I still respect him for that. I respect him for trying to bring some sense of honor to the position of President in this country. We've lost that somewhere.
How can a child look up to someone who has done everything 'negative' in their power to attain the highest office in America...and succeeded? What kind of message is that sending out to our young people? Win by any means necessary? Is that really what we want to be teaching the future teachers, organizers, business leaders, and even religious leaders of our country?
NO!!! I say NO!!!