I have intentionally kept silent on political issues this election season because I have tired of the rabid partisan bickering that occurs not only in Washington, but on the airwaves, on the internet, and elsewhere within the spheres of our lives. It isn’t that I’ve decided to “opt out” of the electoral process; it is that I have chosen not to engage in partisan name-calling and mud-slinging. That doesn’t mean, however, that I haven’t paid attention to the primaries and the general election.
Two quotes from Thomas Jefferson:
“If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be.”
“. . . whenever the people are well-informed, they can be trusted with their own government; that, whenever things get so far wrong as to attract their notice, they may be relied on to set them right.”
Even if you’ve already made up your mind, if you’re an American citizen and eligible to vote, you should watch the debates this evening. I recommend a news outlet without commentary (e.g., C-SPAN) or not watching any one of the bloviating commentators conducting their spinning before or after on your news channel of choice. Don’t vote out of ignorance; inform yourself and be sure that you are voting for the candidate that you think will best lead us through the next four years.
And if you are not registered to vote, the deadline in many areas is quickly approaching, so you should act decisively so that you can exercise your right to vote — a right that many people around the world risk their lives for.
I found this article on How to Watch a Presidental Debate to be very informative. At the bottom of the link are resources to fact check the debates.
Please don’t leave comments supporting “your” candidate with campaign “talking points”, slamming the other guy or “trolling” of any kind. Informed, reasoned discourse and debate, as always, is welcomed.