What Do We Really Want From Our Next President?
Finally, here we are on the eve of another United States presidential election. I’m sure most of you are like I am and are anxious to get this election over with so the media will, hopefully, find something else besides polls and political pundits to focus on. Also, like me, I’m sure most of you have decided for whom you are voting (or have already voted!), and you are more than ready for the antagonistic commercials and zealous candidate loyalists to cease and desist in their efforts to garner just one more vote.
You can breathe easy, I’m not going to discuss any candidates here, or endorse any of them or their parties. Mostly because I know that all of you are by now very well aware of all the issues and platforms and candidates that are listed on the ballots and you are also well-informed because, well, I know you are like me and have read the many articles published here on BlogHer that represent the various viewpoints on each of these different items.
Instead I’d like to discuss something that was addressed on Sunday, November 04, 2012, on electoral-vote.com: What do you want from the next president?
Electoral-vote.com asserts that while most people say they want the parties to work together in order to get things accomplished in Washington, what they really mean is that they want one party to “vanquish the other side and carry out their party's platform”. In other words, most people are selfish by nature and want the federal government to make decisions that promote their own self-interests and ideals. And, naturally, the only way to do this is by having a ruling majority of one party in the legislature in order that the sitting president may accomplish his party’s specific agenda.
While I think there is some truth to this assertion, I’m not sure that I completely agree with it. While it is true that our country’s two political parties have established vastly different platforms in an effort to draw a deep separation between themselves, I am not convinced that the majority of us possess such strongly opposing viewpoints.
For example, a few days ago, over coffee, my friend and I discussed health care. My friend is an RN, and while she and I have differing opinions on how our healthcare system can be improved upon, we nonetheless agree that the current system is failing innocent people. Likewise another friend and I will vote for different candidates in this year’s election, but we agree on how the government – both state and federal – should handle funding for education. And the list of commonalities with my friends who support either of our country’s two main political parties goes on and on.
So, if we are so much alike in the real world, why do the parties insist on making such stark differentiations between themselves (besides the obvious need to pander to the most radical members)? And why do they and the politicians keep trying to pit us against each other as enemies? After it’s all said and done, don’t we really all just want to make the world a better place?
And, what, exactly, DO we want from our next president?
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