Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Imagination & Politics

Election years create more twists of logic than you will see in a circus.

How can it be otherwise? Let's try and use our imaginations for a moment.

Can we imagine a campaigns between candidates about serious issues, rather than campaigns of character assassination?

Can we imagine a campaign where we hear candidates make clear statements of intent and reason about how to solve the problem of the millions of Americans who have no health care coverage?

Can we imagine a campaign where candidates discuss how to rebuild and repair our infrastucture and strengthen our economy?

Can we imagine a campaign where candidates debate ideas for an overall energy plan that includes a major role for alternative energy and green technologies?

Can we imagine a debate where issues about free trade and fair trade are discussed?

Can we imagine a campaign where all the inflammatory language is removed in favor of presentations of ideas and we vote for the person we think has the best ideas?

Would you like that? I know I would. Too many times, campaigns have looked like a choice between the lesser of two evils. Too many people get disgusted over the whole mess and don't bother to vote.

Wouldn't it feel good to have an election where the winner was the person who had the clearest ideas for how to make this a better country?

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