Let every voice be clearly heard

I am learning more about the presidential candidates than I ever expected and it’s because bloggers are free to say what they mean.

They may rant, or persuade with great eloquence, or spit out mind-numbing arrays of data, but they usually manage to say all that they want and provide some way to check on their sources.

I don’t have to agree with them, and I often don’t, but I get reams of data and some interesting insights when my blogging friends report on political issues like abuse of the environment, or on the questionable veracity of a candidate. I can always dig deeper and see what the original facts were and make a decision for myself.

Not only can I dig deeper, I can read comments which give me every possible side to the story and give me a good view of the passions surrounding it as well.

This is in such obvious contrast to contracted media figures who whip out their sound bites with well-practiced insincerity or indignation, whatever fits the needs of the moment. There are so many ways to slant a story when there are no links to follow back to the original source.

This is one presidential campaign that you have no right to remain uninformed. If you want to know what the candidates have done, or not done, you just need to search the web.

In the same inquiring spirit, I looked up John Kerry’s voting record and Edward Kennedy’s voting record for the past year. I may not agree with Edward Kennedy, but I do know that he performed his duties as a Senator. John Kerry was conspicuously absent for most of the last year. That does not speak well for his capability to get things done. His indecisiveness is another subject for study.

On the other hand, I am not at all happy with the Bush Administration’s record regarding the environment. That is my next area of study.

I hope to be able to determine which of the candidates will bring us through the next four years with the right balance of regard for all aspects of our complex and democratic society.

I expect to find the answers by searching through weblogs to find the underlying documents. There is a lot of heat and smoke to get through, but I will find who has done what and if it means anything in the long run.

Stay tuned…

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0 Responses to Let every voice be clearly heard

  1. Denny says:

    I look forward to an election year when I don’t have to consider which is the lesser of two evils.

  2. Ana says:

    It is wonderful how much information is out there. One of the things that brought me into the blogging world was the availability of viewpoints that would never have penetrated into my circle of “real-life” acquaintances. Lots of work needed to sort through things, but tremendously eye-opening.

  3. David says:

    Denny,

    I think you will never see an election where all candidates have clean and spotless records. I would venture to say that none of us would be comfortable if our entire lives were paraded on the internet for all to examine.

    Elections are a matter of making choices between human beings as to who is most fit to lead. Their record of service in all areas is one of the valid ways to determine whether a candidate is a grandstander or can be relied on when the chips are down.

    Likeability and charisma can get a candidate elected, even though they are a poor example as a human being and as an executive.

    I feel that blogs let us look behind the public facades of the candidates and let us deal with what we discover. I wrote a post about this on Jan 21, 2004. All we need is enough data and we can decide the following for ourselves:

    1. Does the candidate make sense?
    2. Do I like the way he presents his ideas?
    3. Does he set realistic expectations?
    4. Do I feel I can trust what he says?
    5. How does he behave under pressure?
    6. How does he behave when he makes a mistake?
    7. Does he address sensitive issues with emotion or with logic.
    8. What proportion of his time is spent proposing solutions vs attacking other solutions.
    9. Is he emotionally tough enough to stand up for his ideas in the face of extreme criticism.
    10.Is he a man of integrity or does he give the impression he is hiding things?

    And finally, does he do what he says he will do?

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