“I think we risk losing some of the best people who can run for public office by our obsessive focus on the private lives of public figures.” This statement was made by Alan Dershowitz—lawyer, jurist, author, and constitutional scholar—in 2008, regarding the actions of a New York governor (CNN, 2008). Eight years later, the quote again comes to mind in regards to the current presidential election.
I’m not generally one for politics, but I’ve been following this election as much as I can, attempting to decide for myself which candidate I support. So far, neither has successfully convinced me to back them up. I’ve been quite disturbed by how much the media have, to use Dershowitz’ words, “obsessively” focused on the private lives of both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.
Both campaigns, and both debates so far, have revolved around demeaning the other candidate. Americans are essentially meant to decide which of them is less of a bad person. What a terrible way to choose a president! The best way to defend an attack ad is with a solid plan to improve the state of the Union. We are so focused on their personalities that we forget about their platforms.
We have become subject to the opinions of media writers and bloggers. Unfortunately, none of them seem to care about either party’s platform anymore. While I do not condone any actions of either candidate, I do question the future of a nation that is so obsessed with gossip and hearsay that it forgets to talk about the real issues, especially at such a critical time. The public misses the messages because the media misses the message.
If you want my opinion (I hope you do, seeing as you’re reading my blogpost), voters should be required to take a test to discover with which candidate they truly side. I learned more from a ten minute quiz on ISideWith.com than I have from two debates and several months of campaigning. Take the test yourself; the results may surprise you.
So, where will your focus lie? The personality? Or the platform?
-Your Friendly Neighbourhood Blogger (Hyrum Sutton)
CNN. (March 10, 2008). Anderson Cooper 360 degrees: March 10, 2008 [Transcript]. Retrieved from http://edition.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0803/10/acd.01.html
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Voting Against [Image]. (May 6, 2016). Retrieved from http://www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_large/public/headlines/votingagainst-a.jpg?itok=pot4rHDL