Rhetoric….

Posted: September 28, 2011 in elections, Personal, Politics, rhetoric

“Words are alive. Cut them and they bleed.”  — Ralph Waldo Emerson

Once again election season is upon us. I am always amazed at the silly things that get said and done during an election year. Although lately it has seemed to have gotten nastier than ever before…or maybe we just notice it more. I really blame both side. There is far too much rhetoric and not enough action. Incumbents start running for reelection almost  immediately and candidates start bashing before that last sip of champagne is gone. I really laughed hard at those who said the President wasn’t an American. Here in Utah, it seems laws are made to benefit what ever special interest has access to a particular legislator.

All this being said, I think the days of seeing the “best and the brightest” are pretty much over. When you think about it, what intelligent person would want the job? With today’s instant news, anyone who has any sense at all would run fast and far.

Alas, the rhetoric continues no matter how harmful or untrue it it. We need elections where people present their ideas and solutions and then let the people vote on those without the personal attacks. But, we have moved too far from that. Our political discourse has more in common with the WWE than it does with Lincoln-Douglas. Sadly, I don’t have much hope for anyone who wins this presidential election. You can bet that the other side will, from day one, do everything possible to criticize and belittle.

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Comments
  1. Ralph Waldo Emerson may have said words live, but like anything in life- do they not die at our feet should we simply choose to ignore them? They are, after all, only words. When there is no truth behind them that is what should happen. In the age of instant gratification, instant communication, should we not take a moment to consider whether the statements made really mean anything?

    Sticks and stones may break the bones, but words, well ,.,.. you know the rest

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