Politicians should stop blaming and start working
Published: Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Updated: Wednesday, October 31, 2012 01:10
Since the beginning of the political ad bombardment, the only things voters heard were inconsistent facts and illusory promises, though one thing that was constant was the attempts to bring the opponent down.
Whether the voters figured out the truth in the whole pre-election mess is not certain, but what they’ve had enough of is both parties pointing fingers at each other. I’m tired of hearing TV ads about who banned or will ban what law affecting me, and hearing the exact opposite on the other channel.
It’s likely that the percentage of advertising talking about candidates’ actual actions were far exceeded by the number of ads talking about what the other party did not do, or did wrong. Isn’t it funny that the election became not about the best man winning, but about choosing the lesser of two evils?
The two parties are so polarized, they are at that point where they just won’t compromise. Congress has the lowest approval rates in almost four decades, because of these constant fights and arguments. Politicians appear to see only black and white; they stopped distinguishing gray areas where a majority of political solutions seem to lie. At this point, they provoke more irritation than trust among population.
We don’t live in a perfect world, but it would seem more logical that in this economic crisis the two parties should get together and figure out a way to make things better. Instead, they see the election as a competition over who will rule the ‘hood for the next four years. It should not be about ruling the country; it should be about who can make the situation in it better.
The blame game isn’t over just because the election ends. As soon as one of the candidates wins, he will still point fingers, but this time at the preceding president. How many times before did we hear a president blaming a previous government, Congress, the tough economic situation, and so forth? Every single time. George H.W. Bush was blamed by Bill Clinton, who was blamed by George W. Bush, who was blamed by Barack Obama. There is some good logic in it, but it is only acceptable to blame someone else’s rule for a year or two. After that, you could’ve done a better job. It is not a single person who drove the economy to such a downturn.
Presidential candidates, and candidates for any other government position, should highlight what they will do and what they have done, instead of twisting the facts about the other candidate. Even when the winner is chosen, both candidates should put their heads together and come up with a better plan for everyone. That, of course, would happen if they were in this race to make the conditions in this country better, not for their own vanity.
Politics is a game of the best orators. However, it should stand to reason that behind those words and promises there should be a solid rationale and a plan for action.