Struggling am I. That is ‘yoda speak’ for I can’t figure out why the politicians act the way they do. I think that Barak Obama is a brilliant speaker and progressive thinker. John Mc Cain has immense experience and heart for the people. That being said, when they get in front of people, they sound like robots spitting our political jargon. I am not sure if it is just my generation, but neither candidate seems real. When asked a simple question, they don’t answer the question. Instead, they run it through some sort of campaign filter.
Example: What should we do about healthcare?
This is going on in the head of the candidate:
1. i must sound compassionate to the people out there and show that I ‘feel their pain’.
2. i must say a couple of minor, generic points that sound really good without any sort of real life consequences.
3. i must point out 3 or 4 ways why my opponent is wrong and how they messed up before.
I mean, seriously, do all the middle-class plumbers and electricians really ressonate with either candidate. Both make a case for those coveted middle-American votes. They answer questions in such a way as to fit into their perceived classes. Each answer is perfectly matched to the party platform.
Refreshing it would be to have candidate that honest answers give. (more yoda speak)
“I believe that plan of Obama would work great. I might tweak this or that, but I think we could work out those details.”
“I have don’t believe that policy would work, and here is why (followed by 5 points). My idea is to have these points: (5 more points).”
If a candidate admitted to making a mistake and just left it at that, it would be so refreshing. Is this ‘pie in the sky’ thinking? Please help me out here.
I have seen other candidates think and speak the way I am suggesting and they don’t get past the primaries. Is America interested in polished movie-star Politicians more than statesmen(women)? In the day of 24 hour news media and sound-bites that seems to be true. However, my generation craves honesty and less hype. There seems to be a contradiction. Maybe my generation is not voting enough to change the tide yet.
I am not cynical in the electoral process. I am voting, have my candidates picked out, and am going to get as many others to vote as I can. However, we could all do so much better.