Two roads diverged in a wood, and I --
I ook the one less traveked by,
And that has made all the difference.
I am sure that everyone recognizes the end of my favorite poem by Robert Frost. I have always taken the poem to mean that we should follow our instincts, be a leader and not a follower and that deciding to do something because it is easier rather than because it is the right thing to do is always a bad decision.
Thanks to Jerry Holbert - September 10, 2012 Townhall Cartoons
That is how I see the political campaigns of 2012.
Neither party is willing to take the campaign trail less traveled which involves the issues and problems facing the nation, but rather have chosen campaigns of hate and blame.
That those on the left will assert that those on the right are more prone to these tactics and less truthful in their strategies is not surprising and nether is the assertions of the right of the exact opposite.
The message of the two major presidential candidates is more focused on the past actions of their opponent and others than on the solutions that they will bring to the table; statistics are “interpreted” in the most favorable scenarios possible for the candidate’s position and the most unfavorable scenario for the opponent’s position.
Political ads inundate the air waves with half-truths, out of context snippets of messages, vitriolic rhetoric meant to scare rather than inform the voters. Political action committees, corporations, unions, professional associations, industries and multi-thousand dollar per plate fund raising events have totally distorted the fiscal sanity of campaigning for office.
Objective journalism, political analysis and investigative reporting for the sake of the truth has long since ceased to exist and media sources in the U.S. either openly or tacitly advocate for and protect either the Democrat or the Republican positions all the while decrying other media sources for being biased.
In light of all of these factors it is hardly surprising that the campaign trail of hate and blame has been chosen by both parties, it is after all easier to capture such campaign messaging in 30 second ads and the candidate does not have to take a real position on issues facing the country.
Still I remember a day and I wish that a political party or both of them would choose the campaign trail less traveled and discard the negative messaging and instead present solutions to problems.
Yes if the road less traveled is chosen, it can make all the difference.