mickey the change candidateThis presidential campaign has been special. It’s the first one that has made me sick to my stomach. It’s been embarrassing to say the very least. There’s been minimal civility or coherent, consistent thought on either side. Pointing fingers, shouting, few specifics, and all too often foul language just don’t hack it for me. Nor does the occasional suggestion of possible legal action for past “activities.”

As an American, I’m mortified, especially by the front runners on both sides. I wonder how they got to be the front runners? I really cannot understand.

I also have a problem with the length of the American campaign. It seems to go on forever and then some. It’s boring and hampers the efficacy of the sitting president and congress, among other things.

Europe has pared their campaigns down to far less time. Why can’t we do the same? We go over and over the same things at great expense. In the process, we also effectively kill voter interest. It’s an obvious fact. When voters are bored and apathetic, what effect does that have on their analysis and turnout on the “big day”? I’m convinced that the answers are all negative – very negative.

Also, why have we come to focus so exclusively on race, gender, and political affiliation. Not that that’s bad, but what about ability, charisma, political experience, good character, “managerial success,” and old-fashioned common sense. They have an awful lot to recommend them too. We need to take a hard look at what we are doing politically – before it’s too late.

I’m just saying the obvious, however, that doesn’t make it unworthy of communicating in my opinion. I could go on and on, but I’m sure you get the idea. I guess the last word or phrase is: “a pox on both their houses.”

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Dr. Dorothy Ann Boyd-Bragg

Dr. Dorothy Ann Boyd-Bragg

Dorothy A. Boyd-Bragg is a Professor of History, Emerita, James Madison University. She received her Ph.D. from Temple University; the M.A. from Ohio State University; and the M.A.T. and B.A. from Temple University. She is the author of fourteen books and numerous articles and reviews. In addition, she has edited and indexed extensively. She is currently at work with her husband, Captain Robert L. Bragg, on One Hundred and One Aviation Stories I Tell my Friends: More, Much More, Than the Tenerife Crash.

  1. Tom Ferguson

    what you’re saying applies to the Republicans for sure… not so much to the dems, well Hillary has gotten noticeably dishonest smearing Bernie as she gets worried but Bernie… none of what you say here applies so far as i’ve seen… if you’re not sympathetic to Bernie’s agenda I wonder what you’d prefer?

    1. Lee Leslie

      Tom, Tom, Tom… With apologies to Politifact, it is my humble opinion that when complicated issues of political difference get crammed in to soundbites then polished by expensive handlers, it should not always be characterized as dishonest. The Sanders campaign knows that if they are to win outside of Iowa or New Hampshire, they must pound away at Hillary’s GOP-invented trust fairy tale, which has been sexist at best, but more often misogyny (referring to the GOP, not the senator, but he is diminshed by using it). That, and Senator Sanders began slinging dirt before Secretary Clinton even mentioned his name. I love Bernie. I love Marty. And, yes, I love Hillary.

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