We have all heard the arguments. So and so does this, or didn’t do that, but does it really help conservatives to chose a candidate? Do the people of America really care so much about Mitt Romney’s taxes or Newt Gingrich’s business affiliations? During the debates in Florida, Rick Santorum made a very valid point. He asked that we put aside the personal lives of candidates such as Romney’s taxes or Gingrich’s working with Fannie Mae and focus on the issues, the things that people are concerned about. While we have all heard candidates of both primaries and the presidential race bash each other on personal issues, do we really care?
During the Republican Primaries we have heard many ads that are downright personal. Most of these ads have nothing to do with the issues or candidates stances on them but are merely an attack on the person themselves. The question we have to ask ourselves when we see this is “Is this constructive? Does this help me make a clear decision based on facts?” Usually the answer to that question is a resounding “No.” While most of these ads are not run directly by the candidates or their committees, chances are, many people believe they are.
The problem we run into with so many people throwing ads around for candidates is that information can become very distorted and confused. There are a lot of people who do not watch the debates or read the facts about a candidate’s stance on the issues but rather base their decision on something they heard on the radio. While this may not sound that bad, look at what has happened in recent history.
Most people have, or know someone, who voted in the last election based purely off of information or facts that did not relate at all to politics. Many of those people regret the outcome of said election. President Barrack Obama is doing many things he told us he would do, even so, many people that voted for him are upset for doing those things because they did not take the time to really listen or research. Now they have a form of “buyer’s remorse.” Would you purchase a house without learning about the neighborhood, schools, or actual condition of the house just because it looked nice on the outside? If you answered no to that question you should also answer no to this one. Would you vote for someone just because of their race/gender/religion, ads that bash their opposition, or the way they look?
We can all learn from what Rick Santorum said, and if we are loud enough in our cry, we can hopefully change politics from this horror show of bashing, slander, and dirt gathering and replace it with easy access and understanding to what these people truly intend to do while in office. Just keep in mind, regardless of the horrible things you hear, the opinions you are presented with, or the ads demonizing people, read about them, listen to them and ask yourself “Based solely on the issues, does this person represent my views? Would this person help lead the country in the direction I want it to go?” If yes that is the person you should vote for. Let’s try and clean up our system and make informed voting the norm.