Talk to Me…

The third and final presidential debate airs tonight and I can’t help but feel indifferent towards the candidates. The campaign process has been long with no shortage of gaffes and gotcha moments. We have heard it all or in some people’s opinion, nothing at all. I don’t know about you, but I’m tired of the campaign rhetoric. I think the words themselves need a break. Nothing new is going to be revealed tonight and neither candidate is going to deviate from their campaign scripts. So, if you are still one of the undecided voters, pray tell me, what are you waiting for? Kindly share with me, where does your optimism comes from because I don’t have any more illusions about how this debate or how the media manipulates the matters essential to this election.

Have you seen the new Volkswagen commercial? The one showing people of varying ethnicities and ages smiling, laughing, grinning ear to ear making you wonder if you are watching a toothpaste commercial? Yes, that one… Only, in the end do you realize it’s a car commercial… Life is a journey, enjoy it… Or some cheesy tag line to that sentiment leaving you scratching your head about the correlation between what you saw and what you thought. If you haven’t figured it out by now, I’m trying to make an analogy between the debates and the clever, but misleading, commercial. Ads are very effective in invoking a response. But, in the end as consumers, we have to do our own research before endorsing a product. No one, at least no one I know, is going to go out and buy a car based on that ad. Just the same no one, in my opinion, should pick a president based on a few condensed sound bites offered by the way of these debates. We have to do our due diligence, folks. We have to conduct our own research and our own opinion polls. Pick the topics that affect your life and do the homework. Talk to your peers. Press your neighbors. Have a dialogue. Argue. Read about the candidates from both sides and educate yourself.  Think of it as cramming for your finals. The issues surrounding this election are so grave that we simply cannot afford to be spoon-fed by the media. We can’t rely on others to give us the headlines for all those issues that affect our bottom line. It’s not too late to make an informed decision.

I’m not endorsing anyone here, because there aren’t any easy answers in this election. I don’t think I’m going to learn anything new about the candidates, but the sucker in me will still be watching the debate tonight. I want to hear somebody to say to me that they will do whatever they can in their power, as president, to fix this country. That they will set aside their pride and show up to work as a humble servant of the people, for the people if elected by the people. Now, that would be something worth watching…

One thought on “Talk to Me…

  1. Invisible Mikey

    I’m totally with you about election burnout. I’m so glad I live in a vote-by-mail state (WA). I mailed the ballot last week. Now I can view it all from the outside and enjoy the humor and absurdities.

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