I’m tired of the sights and sounds of Presidential campaigning. I’ve been tired of it since it began far too early on a national level – just after we inaugurated our current President three whole years ago. In my state, there is a senator who moved here from Arkansas with an eight-year stop in Washington, DC for her husband’s job. As a result of her campaign for Senate, the Presidential talk started around here long before it went national.
I’ve been paying attention because there are things I want to know. I read about all the candidates from their websites and in various publications. I listen to them speak (until they start to repeat themselves or sound ridiculous). I do care who becomes President. I treasure my responsibility to participate in the governance of my country by voting. I marvel at our ability to transition government non-violently. So what’s the problem?
Two-fold. I don’t think the way campaigns are run offers me the information I need to decide whether or not a person is qualified to run the country. I’ve written before about what I’d like to see and why – click here to read that post.
Second, I’m not sure that I want to vote for someone who actually wants the job. Think about the situation you’re entering into… our government is highly ineffective and inefficient. The President’s hands are often tied by Congressional machinations. The pay is far less than that of the Chief Executives in the private sector, yet the responsibility is 20x (or more) the size. And, as a bonus, you get to be blamed for every single thing any person can think went wrong during your tenure. I wonder what sort of person wants that job, honestly.
I want to vote based on something more than image and talking points. I’m decidedly undecided and my primary day is fast approaching – February 5. What’s a voter to do?