Full disclosure: I have been voting for a very long time, all the way back to when the Viet Nam conflict was breaking news. Fast forward back to now and we find ourselves in the midst of the strangest presidential election cycle ever, at least in this writer’s memory.
I follow a lot of blogs, more actually than I can give full attention to. Many of those bloggers tap the political arena for subject matter and some will have very long comment threads.
While these bloggers come from all over the political spectrum I find one disturbing similarity in them, a lack of positive input. The trend seems to be to bash the candidate not favored rather than to list positive reasons to vote for the candidate being supported.
Admittedly many of the comments are amusing or show a flair for the dramatic but negative remarks do not advance the discussion or help to narrow the choices. Personally, I will never vote against a candidate, only for his or her opponent. The “lesser of two evils” argument does not fly.
If you are a blogger or a person posting a comment and truly want to support a candidate then why not help to inform your readers by listing the accomplishments and positive attributes of the person you favor for the office?
It might be fun to talk about the “orange hamster” nested on a candidate’s head or refer to the pants suited candidate as a “blue telly tubby” but unless you are employed as a sit com gag writer this sort of rhetoric is not productive.
I think that it’s time for the adults to come back into the room and have some serious discussions about the future of our nation.
This is my opinion and I welcome yours.