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The morning of May 22, 2012, I went to see my kindergartener in a patriotic assembly for Memorial Day. The principal instructed us to turn and recite the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag. Something I have said so many times, but I really heard the words today.
People in other nations are dying in the street for the right to a fair vote. In America eligible non-voters are given a flippant “If you don’t vote you can’t complain.” slap on the wrist. It’s not enough. Voting is not an option, it’s a duty.
What makes a great candidate? There seems to be plenty examples out there of what we as Civil Citizens don’t want. Yet, what qualifies someone as a great candidate?
Watching the June 13, Republican debates begs the question does the old way of running long campaigns still make sense in the modern era?
Cheaters, crazy celebrities, steroids in sports, just a few of the weird media tangents that readily come to mind. What is with the shiny objects Civil Citizens? How does the landslide get started and how do the editors make these decisions about which shiny object to follow?
I should be elected President because I really, really want to be president is not a platform. However, in political races of every level, especially as the Tea Party has come on to the political scene there have been more and more of this type of candidate running for office.
Politics today is reminiscent of pre-school children. Throwing temper tantrums when they don’t get their way. Claiming the entire sandbox to be “Mine!”. Calling the opposition foolish names and saying “I want that, I want this.” without rationalizing the cost. They can want all they want but if it doesn’t make fiscal sense than it’s not going to happen. Made up, unrealistic numbers can be thrown out in a speech, however if they have no basis in reality they are worthless to the American public.