I'm tired of political grandstanding, ads that are selling candidates the way they sell drugs, shampoo and light beer, and of rarely hearing anything substantial about the complex problems we face. The following just exemplifies this "hitting below the belt" mentality that's around. This is an excerpt from a letter by Elisabeth MacNamara, President, LWVUS...
"League offices and League volunteers are receiving threats because of the League's nonpartisan role in sponsoring and moderating a congressional debate in Illinois....
Here's the almost unbelievable story: someone in the crowd at a Congressional debate hosted by a local League in Illinois called for the Pledge of Allegiance, and when told that this was not part of the pre-negotiated agreement reached by the candidates, many stood and recited it anyway.
One of the candidate's campaigns put the video up on the Internet soon afterwards—so it was likely a planned stunt. And now, fueled by Glenn Beck, conservative extremists are calling in threats to League offices and local League volunteer's homes, accusing us of opposing the Pledge and being unpatriotic."
Is Beck so desperate to fuel contriversy? League for Women Voters tries to be nonpartisan. Yet, I noticed this election cycle, a number of politicians avoided answering the League's questions for their voter information paper. Maybe they think people don't read and certainly don't think, so they just run their party line instead. Maybe our politicians really don't have answers. Maybe they don't have a clue. So instead of engaging in real discussions and debates, they resort to throwing rocks at each other.
Elections shouldn't be a war between parties. The only people who win are those getting paid and who are rising in power.
Who was it that used to yell "WAKE UP AMERICA!"
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