Today’s campaigns are too shallow

Published 9:46pm Friday, August 24, 2012

We are all to blame for the state of the political discourse in our country. It seems we have lost the ability to engage in positive and meaningful debate.

This is not just an issue on the national political level, but even here at home.

We have far too many candidates and elected officials who are simply unable to take criticism and move on without taking such personally.

We have far too many who criticize who are unable to do so constructively and not take cheap shots against those they are criticizing.

Many of today’s campaigns have been run on why the other candidate doesn’t deserve the job rather than why their candidate deserves the job.

In short, today’s campaigns — locally included — have become shallow and lazy. And for that, criticism is well deserved.

Listen to most of the local radio commercials tied to political campaigns.

Rather than talk about the positive things they hope to accomplish in office, the candidate far too often results to negative remarks, grandstanding and vague references.

Little substance is ever included in these advertisements and for that, they should be disregarded.

At the local level, we are fortunate to have the luxury of interacting with candidates one on one, or viewing them at work during council and school board meetings. We have the chance to shake hands, ask questions and engage them in conversation at community functions or even after Sunday service.

Rarely is opportunity given to voters who seek the same from statewide or national candidates.

We have long stood by the belief that a local election — a municipal election — like the one we will see Tuesday, has more impact on our day-to-day lives then the one set for November.

It is important that voters dig through the “stuff” most of these campaigns have dropped on the community and focus on the issues. Look instead at what your candidate can do for the community.

A candidate who is worth your vote is one who has ideas, who has plans and who has a vision for your community rather than one who simply says, “whatever my opponent is for or has done, I am against.”

As we’ve said, that is far too lazy and shallow to deserve your valuable vote.

  • popdukes12

    A debate between the two mayoral candidates would have been helpful and one of the candidates did everything but beg for one. The other recognized that because of the physical statue, articulation, coherence of thought process, and handle on the facts, that that would be a loosing situation for him. With Issac’s rainfall arriving in Selma about Tuesday, this should be one of the lowest voter turnouts in recent history. I predict 24% voter turnout. pops

  • D-man

    Shameful yes it is. But shameful even more that such an unworthy candidate such as fortier has billboards all across town trying to use such a great man as Martin Luther King Jr. to help him get elected for office, even having his picture next to his own.

    I can’t describe how disgusting the practice of using such a great man’s image, who is now dead and cannot show his disgust as the practice, to manipulate an uneducated population who do not really fully understand Kings personal attributes in that they (the attributes) in no way compare to those of Franklin Fortier…

    So, there is my negative two cents and since I’m never going to consider running for any office, I have every right to share them.

    And here’s my positive two cents:

    IN order for Selma to succeed, there needs to be a progressive push towards non-turbulence and positive coordination of everyone. People who cause great turbulence need to learn that they are hurting Selma and selma needs to recognize that in way of vote count.

    people who are involved in calling other candidates “ho’s” on public radio are filthy, nasty degenerates… and likewise if they gain greater influence through political office, the ones that voted them into office, will look up to that kind of traits as being those of leadership… I cannot comprehend why such a person would seek office and want to negatively influence those of their own race (or any color as far as that goes)… in such a nasty light. talk about building black people up, yet they are destroying the very thing that they tell people they are far… disgusting…

    that’s all I have to say about that… tell me it’s positive campaigning or negative campaigning, it doesn’t matter to me, because it’s the truth… and the truth is all that matters

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