A wish­list for the up­com­ing cam­paign sea­son

North Penn Life - - Opinion -

The oepub­li­can and Demo­cratic na­tional con­ven­tions are mere weeks away. Be­fore yRu NnRw, yRu’OO EH flRRGHG by tele­vi­sion and ra­dio com­mer­cials, In­ter­net ads, robo­calls and bill­boards urg­ing you to vote for a cer­tain can­di­date … or, as has be­come the case in re­cent elec­tions, scar­ing you away from “the other guy.”

In less than three months, we will be asked to take to the polls to choose who we want to lead us for the next four years. And odds are you’re go­ing to be so dis­gusted with the at­tack ads and non-stop pro­pa­ganda spew­ing from both sides of the po­lit­i­cal fence, you’re just go­ing to be happy the whole process is over.

But de­spite the fact that the two ma­jor par­ties have pretty much aligned them­selves as polar op­po­sites on MuVW DERuW HYHUy VLJnL­fiFDnW is­sue, some­how, there are still un­de­cided vot­ers out there. And as head-scratch­ing as that may be, these peo­ple still de­serve to make their de­ci­sions based on fact and not rhetoric.

So as we head to­ward vot­ing sea­son, maybe a check­list is nec­es­sary. We’ve al­ready got plenty of rules in place for can­di­dates, but per­haps a few more are needed. I’ve taken the lib­erty of com­ing up with sev­eral reg­u­la­tions for our can­di­dates to fol­low. I ex­pect ev­ery­one, from loFDOV VHHNLnJ VWDWH RI­fiFHV, DOO the way up to those run­ning to be the com­man­der-in­chief, to line up and agree to the fol­low­ing cam­paign pro­vi­sions:

• , wLOO VSHnG PRUH WLPH in­form­ing you about my TuDOL­fiFDWLRnV DnG SODWIRUP than I will try­ing to scare you away from my op­po­nent.

• , wLOO nRW uVH the words “Nazi,” “Hitler,” “fas­cist,” “so­cial­ist” or “com­mu­nist” to de­scribe my op­po­nent.

• , wLOO IRFuV Rn the is­sues that truly af­fect our coun­try and fu­ture, not chicken sand­wiches and gym­nas­tics leo­tards.

• , EHOLHYH WKDW busi­ness own­ers and CEOs have ev­ery right to do­nate their money to any or­ga­ni­za­tion they de­sire. I also be­lieve that the pub­lic has ev­ery right not to con­trib­ute their money to said busi­nesses if they dis­agree with where their money ends up.

• , EHOLHYH WKDW D EuVLnHVV may greet at the door with any greet­ing it chooses. I ac­cept that there are peo­ple who can get of­fended by this, and those peo­ple are free to take their busi­ness else­where.

• , wLOO nRW JHnHUDOLzH. ,I one blog­ger or news out­let has a prob­lem with an Olympic ath­lete thank­ing God, that does not mean the lib­eral me­dia is pro­mot­ing an anti-re­li­gion agenda. And if that Olympic ath­lete hap­pened to be wear­ing a pur­ple leo­tard in­stead of red, white and blue, I will not con­demn the con­ser­va­tive me­dia be­cause one ra­dio per­son­al­ity took is­sue with it.

• , wLOO nRW WUy WR paint my op­po­nent as an elit­ist and my­self as a “man of the peo­ple.” I un­der­stand that in run­ning for elec­tion, it means that , EHOLHYH , DP fiW to make de­ci­sions for oth­ers … a hand­ful of us EHOLHYH wH DUH fiW WR OHDG 310 mil­lion peo­ple. That makes me an elit­ist.

• 7KHUH LV nRWKLnJ wURnJ with be­ing an elit­ist. A pres­i­dent should not be a “reg­u­lar Joe.” The Amer­i­can pub­lic doesn’t want the guys they go to happy hour with mak­ing de­ci­sions that af­fect their coun­try. I am bet­ter than “av­er­age.”

• , wLOO nRW VWDnG IRU 3$CV and their un­der­handed at­tack ads. I will do more than “dis­tance my­self” from them or an­nounce that “I do not sup­port” such an ad. If I do not take ev­ery step to get that ad re­moved and con­demn the lead­ers of the PAC di­rectly (not with a bo­gus pub­lic con­dem­na­tion), it im­plies that I most cer­tainly do sup­port their mes­sage.

• , wLOO nRW uVH Py RSSR­nent’s quotes out of con­text in hopes of putting my­self in a bet­ter light, then take of­fense when he does the same to me.

And, per­haps most im­por­tantly:

• , EHOLHYH WKDW LnWHOOLJHnW po­lit­i­cal dis­course is pos­si­ble and co­op­er­a­tion is nec­es­sary to move for­ward, and I will do my best to make them both hap­pen.

• , wLOO WUHDW HYHUy $PHUL­can with re­spect, whether they agree with me or not, whether they voted for me or not.

• , wLOO VHUYH IDLWKIuOOy DnG to the best of my abil­i­ties for what I be­lieve is best for the Amer­i­can peo­ple — those who voted for me as well as those who did not.

• , wLOO PDNH yRu SURuG WR call me your elected rep­re­sen­ta­tive.

So there we are. Now we just sit back and wait for all the can­di­dates to step for­ward and sign this agree­ment … (Crick­ets chirp­ing.) Yeah … that’s pretty much what I expected.

Out of My Mind Craig Ostroff

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