Day 82. Hush Now

Honestly, I can’t take it any more. You cannot open a newspaper, or watch television, without being absolutely bombarded with political opinions. The pundits are dissecting every word, every nuance, every stance, every plan, every wink, every blink, every smile, every frown, every step, every misstep, every platform, every remark (snide and otherwise), every criticism, every accusation that is coming out of anyone’s mouth.

They’re commenting on the opinions of other pundits, other networks, former politicos, the candidates, members of congress, celebrities and businessmen and women. They’re even commenting on what Mr. and Mrs. average American citizen is saying, as they’re interviewed coming out of malls and movie theatres and parking lots.

No wonder people are confused. How are you supposed to think with all that noise?

This is not my country, I’m talking about. It’s not my election. Mitt Romney and Barack Obama are not my candidates. I can’t vote. But I do vote here, in Canada. So this I know.

All of this completely contradictory commentary is not helping. It can’t be.

Americans go to the polls in eleven days. And at this point the only voices you should be listening to, are your own. To your conscience. To your better judgement. To your concerns. To your fears. To your hopes.

So you can decide on the man, and the party, the voice of reason we all have inside of us is trying to tell you to vote for. If only you could hear it, that is. Because it’s being drowned out right now. So you can decide on the man, and the party, your heart is telling you to vote for. If only your feelings weren’t buried under all the noise, and the distraction, and the confusion, and the downright fear-mongering.

Listening to the cacophony of voices spewing out endless, differing points of view is not going to help anyone decide who they want to vote for. Who is best qualified to lead the country out of its current mess. Forward.

Here’s what I’d love to see happen, if I was voting in this election:

  • I’d like to see all the networks give each candidate one hour, with no commercial breaks. to speak directly to the American people, but there’d be rules.
  • Point fingers at your opponent, their policies, their record or anything and you’re instantly off the air. Fade to black.
  • Talk about your past performance, or what you’ve done so far, and you’re instantly off the air. Fade to black.
  • Simply present what your plan is for the future, which begins the day after the Presidential inauguration in January 2013. What you’d do, and how. Use charts, graphs, PowerPoint slides if you must. No rhetoric. Facts only.
  • Three topics only (much as I’d be interested in the environment, it’s probably too late to bring that up now). The economy/jobs. Healthcare and education. Foreign Policy.

Yes, I know. What I’ve just described was the intent of the debates. But it didn’t turn out that way, did it? Most of the debates were spent criticizing and defending.

The rules extend to the media as well:

  • Absolutely NO discussion, debate, analysis, opinions, picking apart of what the candidates said. Total radio silence.
  • Back to regular programming as soon as each candidate’s hour is over.

More rules:

From that moment on, there is a total black out on the election. Not another word spoken. No discussions. No pundits. No political strategists. No conjecturing. No more hi-tech electoral maps. No more commercials, endorsed by the candidates or their parties. The only messages out there would be public service announcements telling Americans to vote. Why it’s important. Why it’s bad not to. Constant reminders.

That’s what I’d do, if I ruled the world. Or, at the very least, if I ruled the media.

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