Between yesterday’s Quebec election (the outcome of which made me want to swallow arsenic) and it also being the first night of the Democratic Convention, I would have been far better off if I’d never turned my TV on last night.
In past years I would have been glued to CNN. I’m a political junkie. In ’08 I didn’t miss a debate. I watched all the primaries. Both conventions. All the Town Hall meetings. The endless, and repetitive, discussions and disagreements between the political pundits; and the equally endless high tech electoral maps. And, then, I watched the inauguration, live, from a remote hill station in Southern India, on the one TV in the lodge, at 1:30 in the morning. But this year, I’m so disgusted with the way both parties are running their campaigns I’ve tuned out.
Worse than the lies, though, worse than the licentious nature of the campaigns, is the fact that the real issues are being ignored. Neither of the candidates is really talking about what’s wrong with the country and what they’d do to fix it. And how. They’re spending all their time, and money, dissing their opponent. They’re pointing fingers all right, but not at the problems. Not at the threats. And definitely not at the solutions.
And here we are, inching closer and closer to election day in the U.S. What’s a voter to do?
I’ve got to say, I’m not crazy about either of them. I know that President Obama inherited a mess from Bush and his cohorts. I know that no one could have predicted Continue reading