The Truth is in the Details!
Every incoming administration inherits the successes and failures of the prior one. Obama has certainly inherited his full share. Still, closing on four years, shouldn’t it be time to focus on his accomplishments or the lack of them, without constantly making reference to his predecessor in the hope that the American people might excuse those failures?
At the same time, Mit Romney should be concentrating and explaining his plan to pull us back from this fiscal cliff we are teetering on and stop running ads of Obama in videos from 1998 discussing his re-distribution of wealth ethics. Rhetoric and sound bites are not what we need… but truth in details are.
Details which include a full explanation of the candidate’s foreign policies which today the United States is clearly lacking as we see the conflicts continuing to ignite across the Middle East and Europe.
Details are needed in how each candidate will break the stalemate between the House and Congress. Details are needed on fair trade, deregulation that might make us competitive enough to bring business and manufacturing back to the U.S.A. Details that would change America from merely the service country we are today, to a country that would not only produce goods to be sold within our borders, but ones we could export competitively in support of this global economy.
Truth is most often used to mean in accord with fact or reality. Isn’t that what we as citizens expect from our candidates? Isn’t that what we deserve? Unfortunately it’s few and far between. Despite of the lack of truth in ads and sound bites, I am trying to be hopeful that the debates will shed some light where light needs to be shed. However, this light will be under a topic schedule by the media heads and the questions framed by their moderators.
On October 3rd, at the University of Denver, the question and answer session between the Presidential candidates will be on Domestic Policy. The moderator will be Jim Lehrer, host of News Hour on PBS.
October 11th, a Vice-Presidential debate will be held at Centre College in Danville, Kentucky, and the topic will be Foreign and Domestic Policy. The moderator will be Martha Raddatz, an ABC News Chief Foreign Correspondent. It will be interesting
to hear her questions on Domestic Policy.
October 16th, there will be a town meeting format for the two Presidential candidates and will also include Foreign and Domestic Policy at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York. The sponsor is the Commission on Presidential Debates. The moderator will be Candy Crowley of CNN.
Last but not least, October 22nd, a Presidential Foreign Policy debate will take place at Lynn University, Boca Raton, Florida.
I’m quite sure the large Jewish community will turn out in droves or at least be tuning in to hear our President’s plan to assist the State of Israel against
the threat of a nuclear Iran. The moderator will be Bob Schrieffer, host of Face the Nation on CBS.
Hope and change was the mantra for the last campaign which got President Obama elected. We’ve definitely seen some change but quite honestly very little that inspired hope. This current establishment needs a shakeup. Still, and this is just my opinion, this shakeup can’t come from the top down. This shakeup needs to come from the down up!
Our elected representatives, who occupy the House, the Senate, etc., have the lowest approval ratings in U.S. history. These geezers who have lobbyists tapping them on their shoulders with the promise of campaign contributions just as long as our tax supported public servants will shove enough pork in any bill to please them, or block any bill that might be good for the country but doesn’t please the K Street clients. If this type of cronyism isn’t abolished then I fear real change is unattainable.
No, they need to go from the down up. That’s where we need to start.
If not, it won’t really matter who takes the top office. It will be politics as usual. We need some new blood in Washington and the lobbyists need to go. Maybe then we’ll get to see the common sense and conviction of a President, Commander and Chief, as he leads and strengthens this United States of America.
I’m a political junkie. I love the debate. And I would love to hear from all sides on this subject. This is our country and all views are important!