Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Politics

I am sitting here watching the Presidential debate, and I admit how intimidated and confused I am by politics.  How are we supposed to know what is true?  They each accuse the other one of doing something, and then it's denied.  How do we know?  And can't they both say pretty much anything they want to say right now, but there's no guarantee that any of it will actually happen or not happen?  We have a system of checks and balances--for which I am grateful--that prevents them from going in with a to-do list that is easily checked off.

So I guess that's why I look more at their character.  Of course, this isn't very easily perceived either, but at least we have records to go by and other people who do know them speaking on their behalf.  Plus we get to watch them speak and debate and interact with people.

I don't know.  I don't pretend to know.   What I DO know is that you couldn't pay me enough money to do what they're doing!!!!

2 comments:

Amanda Wells said...

I agree. Anyone who would put themselves through what they're putting themselves through has got to be crazy. They're all crazy. I don't think any sane person would run, so we're probably up a creek.

lcraft said...

I totally understand your frustration with the "who do I believe" dilemma. I also agree that it's difficult (almost impossible?) to discern a candidates true character via TV, radio, media...

Thus, for me, it seems like the best plan to make my decision based on the ISSUES the candidate supports or doesn't support. Even with that, there's lots of debate over what they ACTUALLY will or will not do and have or have not done. But given that I can't sit down for dinner with either candidate, I'm more interested in their view on the issues and less about their character.

Having said that, I don't really think it's possible to make a clean separation b/t one's views and one's character. They are different but connected.