Saturday, April 14, 2012

2012 Political Campaigns

Have you noticed how dirty the campaigns have become this Primary season? Have you wondered why?
Aren’t all political contests dirty? Well, they often are, and even in relatively innocuous races for local offices. Unopposed candidates usually run clean campaigns, although even then you will often hear promises that the candidate has no intention, will or opportunity to make happen.
This year, the retirement of our Congressman has opened up a landslide of candidates for his job in the U.S. House of Representatives. This, as it does in other places, is causing a domino effect in the lower offices.
The Republican presidential campaigns have revolved on ideological terms: Who is more “conservative” (whatever that may mean at any given moment in time) is the lingua franca of the races. This has led even largely practical York County where I live to host a number of state house campaigns where every incumbent and candidate has suddenly discovered his conservative proclivities.
The Democrat reaction to all this silliness is to move leftward in an all-out pander to income distribution. After all, more Americans receive government largess in excess of the taxes they pay. So why not promise more of the same. Hey, it buys votes.
If you get the idea that these far right and far left politicians are more interested in appearance than governing, you are on the right track. We already see it in WashDC gridlock (and not just of the Beltway), we already suffer (to a lesser extent) from the vicious infighting in state houses.
It’s my way or the highway while the highways continue to deteriorate. If you can find a moderate, then vote for him or her. If not now, then make sure they run in the next elections.

1 comment:

  1. I agree that we need more "moderates" in politics but we also need more tolerance and cooperation in order to get things done. What we need is a moderate republican who can tolerate dumb democrats and make them cooperate with smart republicans.