It’s hard to get away from politics these days. Tonight is the third and final debate of the 2016 US presidential election. And like so many across the country, I am ready for this whole thing to be finished.
I used to believe that there was honor in politics. And maybe there still is at a certain level.
I have a friend running for state senate. He’s an honorable guy and I think he could do some good things for the state if he wins.
And while there are many others just like my friend who do want to make a difference, there are also many people in politics who do want to make changes. And as you move up the political ladder, those that want to make changes are fewer and fewer.
Instead, as you move up the political ladder, politics becomes more and more about money not making things better.
At least that was what I believed up until this election cycle began.
This election cycle has taken politics into an even more disturbing place. At a time when the general population is becoming more and more frustrated and confrontational than at any other period in my life, the candidates are much more focused on character attacks than substantive discussions about what they would do if elected.
And the media is more than happy to pile on the attacks.
The media used to be about reporting events. Now that has been replaced by opinion news. I would much rather have the facts and develop my own opinions.
But with all that said, I will be watching tonight’s debate with optimistic enthusiasm that we’ll get to see a substantive discussion on the issues that matter – foreign policy, tax plans, economic growth initiatives, the national debt, homeland security, race relations, social issues.
All of these are important considerations when electing a president and we voters deserve to see how the candidates plan to deal with these issues.
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