A wishlist for the upcoming campaign season
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