The Impurity of Politics
I was a political science major in college. I always thought I would go into politics. Watching the election process reminds me that I just don’t have skin thick enough to withstand the personal assaults.
My goal for this year is to live according to these three words: Pure, Simple, and Transparent.
Pure – if you are in politics, how do you remain pure? And if you somehow figure out how to do this on the personal level, you will be attacked for it for sure! And when you are attacked, there is nothing harder than remaining pure in your response. It is tough to never stoop to someone else’s level. Politics demands that you fight fire with fire. What our country needs is someone to rise above this.
Simple — as in the straightforward, blunt truth. It seems like politics is all about “spin.” You can’t be simple and have spin. Plus, you would never be able to promote two different things that contradicted each other. Like, for example, lower taxes and increased government spending.
Transparent – what you see is what you get, and oh, by the way, I am an open book so dig as much as you want and ask me any question you want. Here is a wild idea. What if a politician always told the truth? They would have nothing to fear because they would have nothing to hide. Much easier to be transparent when you’re not hiding anything. And if you make a mistake, admit it.
Besides personal attacks, a few other things that drive me crazy:
The media – can’t they just focus on the issues and the facts without giving their opinions?
Underground character assassination campaigns — I use www.digg.com to check out the top stories of the day. Basically, it’s a news story ranking service where individual “diggers” make comments on different stories that come out on the Internet. Anybody can be a digger. The more digs, the higher the ranking. This great tool has been hijacked by special interest groups who will post a character assassination article filled with lies and then email their lists to go and digg it. This results in the top stories of the day by ranking being controlled by the special interest group. Digg needs to figure out how to fix this or they will no longer be relevant.
Consistency – the way you answer questions, the way you vote, the issues and policies you are in favor of, should show consistency from speech to speech, day to day, and year to year. If you change your position on something, why not write out an explanation as to why, post it, and move on?