I have heard and read many articles, editorials and blog entries concerning the pollution of political messaging, with the accompanying rhetoric, vitriol and hyperbole virtually ignoring facts and truth in the message in order to present an attention getting message for television and the media.
Sad but true and the loser is the voter who is actually looking for data in order to make an informed decision in the upcoming election.
What can we do about it?
Very little it seems as both parties spend hundreds of millions of dollars in political advertising flooding the hundreds of broadcast and cable channels with political hyperbole from cable news networks to the comedy channel.
So what should be done?
I found a very interesting tidbit on a project of the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, reported by ABC NEWS
“State Your Case in Six Words”
People are asked to state their view of what America’s priorities for the future should be in six words or less, in other words, a political campaign platform in six words or less.
Imagine if competing politicians were compelled to state their positions clearly in six words, the electorate would be better informed by a factor of one hundred if not more.
So, in six words or less, what are the political and policy priorities that are most important to America’s future?
Examples from the article I read included -- "Govern for people, not the party," ''When will we the people learn," ''True liberty is born from hope" and "Hate and fear are not policy."
Some ideas that popped into my head ------
All Issues are Local Issues,
Voting – A Right and a Responsibility
Professional Politicians are not Public Servants
Please share your ideas, remember six words or less and make them as specific as possible and avoid the vague and imprecise such as “Win the Future” (Obama), “We Like Ike” (Eisenhower), “Reform, Prosperity, Peace” (McCain), or “Prosperity and Progress (Gore).
For further information on the National Constitution Center or this project you can check out