Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Politics: Heading In the Wrong Direction


We are headed in the wrong direction if voting in today’s election is about getting a particular party to a certain number of members in one or both houses to make blocking or passing legislation easier.

We are headed in the wrong direction if voting in today’s election is about getting one particular party in power to control redistricting to make getting re-elected in the future even easier.

We are headed in the wrong direction if voting in today’s election is more about retribution than what the other party will bring to the table.

We are heading in the wrong direction if voting in today’s election is about which candidate seems like the lesser of two evils.

We are heading in the wrong direction if you have not seen one advertisement extolling why you should vote for one candidate and have only seen advertisements on why you shouldn’t vote for the other candidate.

We are heading in the wrong direction if voting in today’s election is because one candidate has made voting for the other candidate a referendum on a third person’s agenda.

We are heading in the wrong direction if voting in today’s election makes you want to check the ‘None of the Above’ box and at least in this state, you don’t have that option.

We are heading in the wrong direction if candidates spend more time trying to increase another candidates ‘negativity rating’ with television ads than laying out their stance on the issues.

We are heading in the wrong direction when candidates need ‘well oiled machines’ to get people out for the vote instead of people who just care enough to go vote on their own accord.

We are heading in the wrong direction when you are excited that this day has arrived more to end the insanity than for what it means to your future.

9 comments:

warren said...

Right on all accounts! It's sad but true though...

R. Sherman said...

Well put. I'm afraid that once the new crop gets into office, they will become seduced with D.C. atmosphere and simply jettison conviction in favor of retaining power. Thus has it always been and thus will it ever be, I fear.

edifice rex said...

Good post and very good points made.

sage said...

Yep, we're heading in the wrong direction...

Three Score and Ten or more said...

Well based on the criteria stated, and accepting those criteria, I would have to say that we are headed in the wrong direction. The trouble is, I think that would be true, no matter whom you voted for. I think that, fishing through all the alternatives, there is a right direction. We just have to fish through all of our alternatives and take OURSELVES in what seems to be the right direction, and hope our neighbors do the same.

Ed said...

3 Score - You are correct in stating that whomever I voted for, I feel it would have been taking us in the wrong direction. I do feel slightly encouraged by the rise of the Tea Party not because I necessarily agree with their candidates they choose to endorse but that they might be a big enough force to change the face of the Republican party to a party that might attract an independent like myself, something Bush, Rove and the like didn't do. If they do, it will show that we the people can rise up and change the face of our government.

TC said...

Good post.

I heard something the other day about how Rebuplicans wanted control of the House so they could stop Democrats from getting anything done, but that secretly, Democrats wanted them to win control so they could pass the blame to them for nothing getting done.

That's what I feel like Washington is these days. It's all about stopping the other party. That's ridiculous.

I feel less and less confident in the politics of this country than ever.

Bone said...

Well, I'm definitely glad it's over.

Although how long will it be until they're campaigning for the next election? A month or two?

Ed said...

Bone - Well judging from the 2008 campaign, I have until February before is starts here in Iowa for the 2012 campaign. I suspect, I'm going to be seeing a lot more of Sarah Palin and I'm not sure I'm ready for that.