The thing I hate most about political elections is that the only way to really know which candidate you like is to dig around. Dig around a lot.
Why can’t the candidates just come out with their positions – their real positions, not their phony, election-time positions – and let the people decide?
The candidates could just state their positions and why their idea is the best. Instead, they say what they think people want to hear, flip-flop based on polling data, focus on the personal lives of their opponents, muddy the dialogue, and otherwise obfuscate the issues.
You can’t just look at the candidates’ websites, commercials, and literature and make your decision based on that. You have to dig through the endless onslaught of information before you can even attempt to decipher which candidate to throw your support behind.
No wonder people don’t vote. It’s a lot of work.
Anyway, here is some more information to add to the mix.
Judicial Watch, a “conservative, non-partisan educational foundation, [that] promotes transparency, accountability and integrity in government, politics and the law,” has released their List of Washington’s “Ten Most Wanted Corrupt Politicians” for 2007.
Included are FOUR presidential candidates:
Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY)
Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani (R-NY)
Governor Mike Huckabee (R-AR)
Senator Barack Obama (D-IL)
On a completely unrelated note, a group called Granite Staters for Medical Marijuana made a series of gotcha videos asking the candidates for their stances on medical marijuana and federal raids.
Ron Paul’s response is very good. He also makes the point that if the federal government had the authority to ban a substance, prohibition would not have required a constitutional amendment.
Or, as he worded it, they had more respect for the Constitution back then.