In the sweet dead spot between a President’s 3rd term and a long, long and winding road before the major primaries – the Mainstream Media conducts another useless idiot poll.
I honestly didn’t believe that the wife of President Bill Clinton would run for President. She made history, the First Lady to become Senator, after winning an unprecedented re-election. But what do I know? If I never saw or read the name “Clinton” again, I would be a happy woman.
The biggest problem America has are professional politicians. Where are the people who ran for maybe one or two seats, served for a couple or years and then went away? Is it too expensive and time consuming to run a few times then go away? Is the money and PR / media machine too powerful for regular people to make it to higher office?
Today, we have these creatures who keep running, and running, and running for re-election. They never stop. They are like drug addicts: people addicted to influence, affluence, adulation, glad handling, and power. There are mayors, councilmen, congressmen, and senators serving longer than corrupt third world dictators. If you want to help solve the country’s problems, get out of office and let new ideas flourish with new candidates.
The presidency should not be the only office with term limits. The French idea of limiting campaign spending and promotion are good. They should be implemented here. This is a big country, but the way candidates are being fielded today isn’t working. The celebrity aspect of politcs is polluted, unhealthy, dishonest and misleading. I don’t want a faux actor for President (okay, we had one and he wasn’t too bad).
I want candidates to talk freely, without hedging every verbal bet, due to fear of being hammered or being taken out of context. No one has to be 100% glib, but the double talk today means that no one is saying anything substantial. None of them are honest. Frankly, I don’t think a candidate can be honest, because the Mainstream Media is so in hock to a political party (Democrat) and philosophy (socialism).
I don’t care for attack mode politics, I just want an intelligent debate on why the candidate is running (not because they are in it to win it – WTF?), but what they want to really accomplish.
If the country is lucky this will be the last election with Baby Boomers running for office. Maybe the next generation will run with more modesty…. I won’t hold my breath.