Saturday, August 11, 2007

How to pick and choose

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It's that time again in American politics: The candidates are atwitter, the campaigns are abuzz and the debates abound. Even if you are a diligent voter and make an effort to follow all the hype, you will soon find yourself buried under an avalanche of (mis)information.

Who is your candidate for President?


It is a common strategy, employed by campaign managers everywhere, to comingle political issues with popular culture in order to attract even the most a-political of citizens.

Many like to think that our personal lives, our family concerns, our health issues, our financial matters, our social contacts, our recreational activities, our private pursuits, our religious affiliations, our choice of entertainment exist in a separate sphere from our town halls, our state houses, our courts, our Congress and our president.

This widespread misconception is being exploited by skilled campaign strategists who wrap their message inside more popular and innocuous slogans and images so it will penetrate down to "where we live".

The question: - How do we separate fact from fabrication?
The answer: - Focus on the issues that matter to you, and examine each candidate's stand on them.
Here are some examples of what might, or should, be of importance to you, your future and the future of your children and grandchildren:


* Assault Weapons Ban
* Arctic National Wildlife Refuge Drilling
* Iraq War
* US Patriot Act
* Universal Healthcare
* Kyoto Protocol on Climate Change



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(Sidebar: 'Democracy' by Leonard Cohen)



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4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Dennis K. is the run away winner in my book. But Mike (Grandpa)Gravel a close second and all others miles behind? I don't think soooo!

Ken said...

With the numerous candidates on both sides busily fundraising, campaigns will be cranking into high gear before long. Of course there will be the usual winnowing-down but competition among the remaining 'would-be-presidents' will be frenzied and ruthless.
At any stage of this political 'game' it falls to the voters to separate the pertinent from the impertinent. And the only way to do this is to look past the hype and be very clear about where the main players stand on the real issues.
Thanks for this post, and, yes, I think it is helpful to a lot of folks who have not, or would not pay closer attention to what is going on. K.

Anonymous said...

Karma, man, karma

Dan said...

The folks to whom this post and the 'Pick your candidate for President' link would be helpful, most likely do not read this blog or any other intelligent article on the web...
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