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Politics could make a saint look bad

Oct. 13, 2008

by Kristen Miller

I’m sure I have said this before, but I’m going to say in once more – I can’t wait for this election to be over.

The longer this political season lasts, the more each candidate in every party and position looks bad.

I’m convinced that if a saint was running for political office, their opponent could even make him/her look bad.

That’s the funny thing with politics; whether a Democrat, Republican, or Independence, voters will always find something wrong with the other party, whether it’s true or not.

That’s the worst part in all of this. There have been so many negative advertisements and so much bashing of every candidate – who knows what is true anymore?

Even the smallest thing done by a candidate running for political office can be twisted and turned into something larger-than-life.

Elections make it seem that bashing another human being is the only way to get ahead, and I’m sick of it.

If you want to be an informed voter, turn the channel when a political ad comes on.

What’s sad is that a person can’t even trust a good, old-fashioned debate.

For example, take the vice presidential debate between Senator Joe Biden and Alaska Governor Sarah Palin.

Biden has been in the political ring since he was 29, not to mention having run for the Democratic presidential nomination.

He knows how to answer debate questions, or how to scoot around them anyway. Palin has only been running on the national level for about a month.

As Palin was allegedly being attacked by a biased mainstream media, I felt sorry for her because of the hardball questions they were asking her.

I thought, “How many people could think of a high profile Supreme Court case at a moment’s notice?”

Then, I answered my own question – a vice presidential candidate should.

Yes, it’s nice to know Palin is a down-to-earth woman who has real issues comparable to many American families.

But common sense and down-to-earth, yet lacking civic and federal government knowledge could be detrimental to our country as a whole.

Palin may know Alaska, but does she know the country and its constitution? That’s what I wonder.

Listening to the debate, I thought she did fairly well. Then I got to thinking, how much was she coached before hitting the stage?

Clearly, there can be good and bad found in each candidate, but when the scale sways back and forth so often, how can either side gain enough to get ahead?

I get so frustrated. I, myself, don’t know what to do. With less than a month to decide, I just have to leave it up to God.

It’s almost becoming too much for any voter to be rational heading to the polls Tuesday, Nov. 4.

I remember the 2004 election, with George Bush running against John Kerry. It seemed we were voting for the lesser of two evils. With such negative political campaign tactics, how can anyone seem like a good choice?

Even the recent presidential town hall debate showed Senators Barack Obama and John McCain pointing fingers at one another.

It was just like watching another one of their commercials: “He’s going to do this. He’s going to do that.” Shut up, already.

One of the criteria should have been, each candidate sticking to their own agenda and not worrying – or even mentioning – the other’s.

Maybe Tom Brokaw should have worried more about that, instead of the time.

Why does a country have to be so divided about something as important as electing the one who will be the future leader of that country?

What does that say about the American people, and the government that leads us?

Why can’t we all just get along?

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