MEMO TO: Presidential Candidates

MEMO TO:  Major Party US Presidential Candidates & Campaigns

RE:  You’ve forgotten something

Senators McCain and Obama, (alphabetically, lest you think there’s some preference there)

It seems that you each have forgotten something.  You are asking the people of this country to vote for you to be President of the United States.  Your responsibility to us, in return, is to tell us why you are the best qualified, to share with us your plans to conduct the affairs of the administrative head of our democratic republic in such a manner worthy of this land and her people.

Neither of you is doing that; nor are your running-mates or various spokes people.  Yes, I know each of you has posted some positions and plans on your websites and I’ve read them.  But, I want to hear you talk about them, answer questions about them, and give me the impression that 1. you know something about what you’re saying, or 2. you have trustworthy advisors with whom you plan to surround yourself.  I realize that neither of you are experts in every aspect of every issue that may confront your hoped-for administration.  I don’t get the impression that you realize this.

Primarily, however, I resent you wasting my time.  When I attempt to listen to you, or your people, make a speech, I mostly get the impression you’re mocking people like me, or worse, that you’re ignoring me and my vote.  Newsflash: My vote counts just as much as the one you will cast (presumably for yourselves).  I resent you wasting the time I could be using to choose you and your platform by telling me what’s wrong with the other guy.  See above: Tell me about you and your qualifications and plans.

At age 18, as soon as I could, I registered to vote.  It has been rare for me to miss even a local primary election in all the years since.  I take the process seriously, and I want to be an attentive and educated voter.  But, Senators, at this point, you’ve lost me.  I’m not paying attention to you anymore.  Consider me disenfranchised.  I’m tired of your useless rhetoric.  I’m tired of what your negativity and lack of real communication has done to large parts of the electorate who are more interested in comedy sketches than electing a leader; more likely to laugh at the process than participate in it in any truly meaningful way.  That is because of your leadership in not taking the process seriously, not leading the way in honor and integrity and not showing yourselves worthy of the office of President of the United States.

You should be ashamed of yourselves for continuing the destruction of our national treasure – a free and open electoral process.  You’ve made a mockery of this election.

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3 Responses to “MEMO TO: Presidential Candidates”

  1. Todd Porter
    October 6, 2008 at 4:58 pm #

    Well said, Patti. And a hearty “Amen!” from me.

  2. Lisa
    October 6, 2008 at 5:09 pm #

    As usual, spot on, Patti! Now, what do we DO about them???

  3. patti
    October 6, 2008 at 5:14 pm #

    I really want that “none of the above” option on the ballot.

    But, seriously, I think we have to keep telling them what we need to hear from them, rather than letting them and their marketers set the tone.

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