“Let’s keep it real”: Inflammatory talk, mudslinging and personal attacks should not be part of political landscape in 2012 Presidential Campaign
Why is it so hard for Presidential Candidates to deal with facts instead of making things personal and inflammatory?
By Juanita Bratcher
I have to laugh every time I see polls pitting one name or another against President Barack Obama for President in 2012. I laugh because many of the names mentioned are not capable or even qualified to run this country, let alone make pertinent or heart-wrenching decisions on the many challenges facing this country. But, you know what? That’s politics!
But many of the candidates who have announced their intention to run for President and many possible candidates that are still sitting on the fence seem to think that inflammatory talk, mudslinging and personal attacks will win an election. Believe me, it won’t. There are many conscientious voters that not only take into consideration candidates’ platforms and agendas, they also take note of candidates’ character and the words that they speak.
Of course personal attacks and mudslinging have always had a knack of lifting their ugly heads in presidential campaigns and campaigns in general. It happens in most campaigns/elections, yet, it appears that this time around it’s a bit more widespread and prevalent in the 2012 campaign than in previous presidential campaigns.
Some polls have pitted President Obama against generic candidates – no name, no face – and with hypothetical issues. What’s up with that? Well, my never-ending motto has always been “Let’s keep it real.” I’m an avid reader like many other Americans. We like articles and polls that deal with the facts, not hypothetical polls or issues; it’s a waste of precious time.
That precious time and energy could be used on focusing and concentrating on strategies and goals to move this country forward – create jobs and put people back to work. Last I read there are millions of unemployed Americans looking for work. Presently, we’re in the midst of a sluggish economy (been that way now for a while), people don’t want to hear “crap” from public servants, they want action…remedies…dialogue between the various “warring” factions, and not excessive ranting and raving (talk comes cheap). Inflammatory talk and personal attacks will not bring about constructive and corrective remedies but more ranting and raving.
Some months ago, one online news apparatus was steadily running survey articles pitting one contender or another against Obama, conducting about three polls and floating names against the president that had never voiced a desire to run for president.
As of yet, no Democrats’ names have surfaced as challengers to President Obama, and there were no generic polls of possibly Democrat challengers pitted against the Democrat incumbent. No names from Obama’s own Democratic Party have been tossed around as of yet, but there’ve been several former or current Republican politicians’ names that are making the rounds for a run in the 2012 presidential contest. Nothing is wrong with that. No one should get even a remote tongue-lashing for expressing their desires to run and following their dream. This is a competitive world and everyone is entitled to go after their dreams and ambitions. But the fact is, some will run for public office even when knowing they’re not qualified to run and don’t have a snowball’s chance in Hell of winning. But again, that’s politics! And this is America; competition is a part of the American landscape – not only in the field of politics but other competitive areas of forays as well.
Even so, there are rules and qualifications that candidates must follow and abide by when seeking public office. And certainly, inflammatory talk or incendiary remarks against opponents should not be a part of the political landscape, yet this has become an integral part of expressed rhetoric coming from some who run for political office. American voters are interested in issues. In general, they want candidates to explain their position to voters and the American people their plans and policy agendas for America, if elected. They should stick with issues that are pertinent and prevalent, and steer away from personal attacks against opponents or say what is expedient at the moment.
There’s always been that knack by some to try and plant seeds in voters’ minds even when it’s inaccurate and misleading information. Many times this information is trotted out – leaked or purposely disseminated in some form or fashion by a culprit or culprits in the way of a “trial balloon,” to arouse feedback, hoping or wondering will it stick, and knowing full-well that there’s no possibility of it ever happening.
The other day I ran across a quote from the late singer Ray Charles, Brother Ray, 1978. His quote is as follows:
“Politicians are necessary, and it’d be foolish to blame them for our troubles. They’re just doing what they’ve always done – looking to survive, looking to climb, trying to please everyone at once and grinning and lying while they’re doing it.”
There’s an old cliché: Don’t believe everything you hear and only half of what you see. That you can bank on! Which reminds me of another cliché: Sometimes you can’t see the forest for the trees.