Oh – they are starting to announce!
Over the next 18 months of political campaigns, how do you intend to protect yourself from the blather that passes for political debate? A snarky question, granted, but seriously how will you get through the run-up to the elections with your enthusiasm over your right to elect your leaders intact?
The people I like usually are tossed out early in media-driven primaries. And the ones I wish would jump in are unwilling to, or adamantly unwilling to run. But I’ll listen for a while to the candidates. What I am listening for is humility and patriotism; faith in a power greater than the candidates’ prowess; an appreciation that is a big, old world and courage to defend against the comeback of a dreadful political virus, “might make right.” What I am looking for is the ability to get people to work together – and a record of accomplishment.
We are in straits tighter than I’ve experienced – crippling debt, increasing dependence on subsidies, diminishing national literacy and more and more old codgers like me who will be a drain on an economy that could be healthier. And then there are the friends and enemies all about us. It’s no time to be so focused on the future we wander away from praying for those in power now! Nor is it time to ignore current events.
- Every two years the American politics industry fills the airwaves with the most virulent, scurrilous, wall-to-wall character assassination of nearly every political practitioner in the country — and then declares itself puzzled that America has lost trust in its politicians. ~Charles Krauthammer
- Bad officials are elected by good citizens who do not vote. ~George Jean Nathan
- Do you ever get the feeling that the only reason we have elections is to find out if the polls were right? ~Robert Orben