LatinaLista — The hint that this campaign is politics as usual was evident in Sarah Palin’s acceptance speech. With every punch she dealt the Obama campaign in her acceptance speech, a response “to set the record straight” was hurled back at the Republican VP nominee by way of inboxes the next morning of those who had given their email addresses to the Obama campaign.
It hasn’t let up since.
By now, it’s accepted fact that campaigning is less about telling voters how well a candidate will do a job and more about how bad a job the competitor will do it.
With all the talk of “mavericks” and “change” and “si se puede,” it’s disappointing that each side still has to resort to the stale strategy of “tearing the other apart to build themselves up.”
If these parties were sincere in wanting change then they would implement some radical initiatives long before they arrived in Washington.
#1: Deliver a campaign speech without mentioning the opponent. It’s a given whoever is delivering the speech is going to distort their opponent’s record and inflate their own. Candidates should talk about what issues are wrong now, what their record has been in trying to solve the problem and what they will do to improve their record on solving the issue.
#2: Don’t take any one group for granted nor ignore any one group.
#3: In addition to the scheduled debates, add a couple more – satisfies the need to inflate one’s own record and while they’re at it â€” conduct some televised (or stream on the Internet) Town Hall meetings with different demographics: students, people who live in the southwest, northwest, east, midwest, south. The idea is to let people see how the candidates think about the different issues that are important to every demographic and how they listen and respond to the people. Such face-to-face meetings are much more telling than a canned speech where the only things that have changed are the venue, the city and the jokes.
#4: Keep the families home. While it’s been a long tradition to include the family, in some form, on the campaign trail or at public appearances, the time has come to focus on the candidates themselves.
#5: If a claim is made â€” back it up with a supportive hyperlink on a campaign website. Just as we don’t tolerate plagiarism in academia or outright lies or misleading statements in our justice system, we are surprisingly tolerant of it in our political system.
There should be one dictum that governs any and every political race: Say what you mean and mean what you say â€” and be damned sure it’s right.
Because it’s about time that anybody who’s seeking higher office is held up to higher standards â€” and that’s real change!