Being that the word politics is included as part of my blog’s tagline, I figure now is an appropriate time to talk ….politics. This upcoming election is important. Regardless of your beliefs or level of satisfaction of both candidates, you should exercise your right to have your voice heard.
I’m sure the majority of today’s water cooler chat was centered on last night’s town hall style debate. Immediately following the debate, several pundits on cable news and online media, who covered numerous debates dating back decades, said last night’s was unquestionably the most spirited in history. Both President Obama and Governor Romney came out swinging hard. The general consensus is that Obama came out on top, but boy did he have to fight for the victory. Many felt it was the kind of performance he should’ve given in the first debate.
From what I saw of it I’d say Romney’s shining moment came in his criticism of Obama’s record on the economy and job growth. He painted a picture with pure facts that certainly gave one the impression that Obama made a lot of empty promises four years ago. If that’s the key issue he feels he can beat Obama on then he should stick with it.
Obama really came off best when discussing the recent events in Libya, specifically when it came to accepting full responsibility for last month’s attacks on the consulate that left four Americans dead. When pressed by Romney about his decision to attend a political fundraiser the day after the attacks, Obama gave a firm response that reaffirmed his status as an ideal commander in chief. Even the most skeptical critic must admit Obama is uniformly excellent across the board when it comes to addressing any issue dealing with national security. He spoke with such conviction that I fully expect to hear the news of the deaths of the terrorists who perpetrated the attacks any day now. In that moment, Obama did what he’s always done best and that is use his superior oratorical skills to convey a genuine concern about the struggles the people of our country experience on a daily basis.
Despite the fact Obama won, a win he definitely needed coming off his previous subpar performance, the real story of the night was the sheer venom spewed by both candidates. There were numerous smart remarks, inappropriate interruptions and other things I never would’ve expected to see in a presidential debate. In many ways, both came off very unprofessionally. Even though I’m a Democrat, I take both men to task for their conduct last night. On the flipside, it did make for compelling television.
The fact of the matter is that from now until the election, both guys should play to their strengths. Obama should continue being an advocate for the hardworking middle class community. He needs to reassure us that better days are on the horizon if selected for another term.
Romney should continue attacking Obama’s record on job creation and the economy. I feel it’s the one true area where he could best Obama.
Another topic I’d like to address is the overall polarization our country has experienced in this campaign. Actually, it’s been happening for a few years, but it seems it’s taken on epic proportions as of late, specifically when it comes to people I’m connected with on Facebook.
Back during the Republican National Convention, I posted a comment voicing my approval of the speech delivered by vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan. Keep in mind that I never once said I would vote for Romney or that I necessarily disliked Obama. I merely commended that man on what I thought was a fine speech with lots of valid points. The next morning I was greeted by a slew of negative comments from my friends on Facebook. Since most of my friends are Democrats, it was considered a sin to remotely like anything involving a Republican. Every day, I read so many ignorant comments from people as it relates to politics. Even in the wake of the first presidential debate two weeks ago there were people who actually felt Obama won and that Romney did a terrible job. No matter what you think of Romney and the Republican Party, I don’t see how anyone could’ve come to the conclusion that Obama won that round.
Even today, I read multiple comments from people who found Romney’s interruptions of Obama as offensive. Yet I saw no contrary opinions offered about Obama doing the same. So many of the comments I’ve seen over the last several weeks are so immature in nature that I have a hard time believing they are coming from my peers. At times I think they were written by a third grader. It’s ok to dislike a candidate, but you don’t have to vilify them.
It pains me to me say, but I honestly believe that many Blacks (at least those in my Facebook universe) are supporting our president purely for the color of his skin. At the same time, there are those on the right who will reject anything Obama’s ever done based on the color of his skin. The ignorance needs to stop both ways.
If you’re a non-white who wants to vote for Romney, go for it. If you’re white and love Obama then more power to you. At the end of the day, vote for the candidate whose goals for this nation most closely aligns with your personal beliefs. Most important, we as citizens must pray for our elected leaders and ask that God grants them the wisdom to lead our country in the right direction.
May the best man win!
Where was the civility last night fellas???