Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Form But, No Substance

As the Republican presidential primary drones on, it is worth noting that what we have seen so far is nothing more than a bloody intramural fight. While I would like to think that this process may have a little something to do with public policy, what has come out of these contests has nothing to do with us. Consider what we have learned so far from the Republican candidates: Ron Paul was born 150 years too late; Rick Santorum is a nut who believes birth control is a sin and that the government should be firmly installed in bedrooms all across the country; Mitt Romney doesn't believe anything he says and Newt Gingrich is a maniacal narcissist who only believes what he says when he says it.

As our nation faces some of the greatest challenges in our history, these candidates offer no solutions to meet those challenges. Instead, they spend their time and other people’s money tearing one another to pieces. And, while this spectacle is, at times, fun to watch; it isn’t that funny when you remember that these folks are vying for the highest office in the land. Can you really see any of these candidates as your president?

I always thought that elections served as a proving ground for ideas. That through a process of vigorous debate, the best ideas and boldest solutions to the nation’s challenges are born. Instead, what we have gotten from the Republican primary is vitriol and viciousness. The candidates, through their posing and posturing, offer only caricatures of what they think Republican primary voters want to see. There is absolutely no substance in their rhetoric and no compelling reason to elect any one of them to any public office, much less the presidency of the United States.

By Jackie Lambert

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Mercurial – characterized by rapid and unpredictable changeableness of mood (a mercurial temper)

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