Nip And Tuck
What has turned out to be a nip and tuck election season with more nips, tucks and evasive posturing by practically every political candidate seeking office leaves one with more questions than answers about the quality of leadership they would bring. After all isn't the ultimate goal of every political and elected official to actually make their constituents better off by having us elect them into office?
When we look back at history especially in 1944 at the height of World War II FDR displayed the quality of leadership that was needed to propel the US to victory with a campaign style unmatched in today's political reality. FDR realized that his job was not finished until victory in the war was close at hand. Today, with the United States engaged in this nations longest remaining conflict in Afghanistan and all the other global tensions that could erupt at any given moment into an international crisis not seen since 1940 has been over shadowed by the longest most expensive political season in our history.
It appears that public officials today are continually lured into a lower common denominator in campaign styles.They continue to display reactions and actions unbecoming of the office they are trying so desperately to get. All one has to realize this is revealed by the latest debates for President and here in Florida between the only candidates that the media seems to focus on. Where substance in detailing constructive answers to solve states, this nations, and international crises has yet to emerge. A sad commentary for the times. When we have candidates who aspire to lead this nation purposely evade direct questions from the very constituents they are supposed to represent and display an aloofness in the process really underscores how far removed this nation has become from the true concepts on which our founding fathers established.
As the 2012 election closes in gone is the hope that a new beginning, the dawn of renewed prosperity, vitality and vigor that once propelled America to heights never before attained will come again. Gone is the exuberance that just four years ago put President Obama into the White House. All that remains is a sober reality that who ever is elected to the nations highest office now it is the citizens who will still be left with a somber shallow remembrance of past greatness and triumphs. A painful reminder that when a political system has become so corrupted, where the all mighty dollar rules supreme instead of the voice of the people the hopes and dreams of many are never fulfilled. For it is the dollar today that shrouds over the voices of the multitudes and in doing so this nation has thrown away too many lost opportunities that would otherwise revive this once great nation. Never before has a political season been so long and yet so polarized in it's exclusion.
How then to rectify this quandary that continues to erode the basic principals of this country? The answers may surprise us. Not complex at all. The changes that have to be made start with all of us. Unity of purpose and unity of the masses can accomplish so much. No more exclusion where the media has had a major influence in the establishment of incumbency. We are guaranteed the right to vote out any incumbent who fails to deliver on their sworn oath. But so far during the past 20 years or so the media has continually pushed their weight, sort of speaking, making it almost insurmountable to launch major campaigns that would change the direction this country has been headed. Let's hope that this election the true voice of the people will resonate all through-out this nation.