Presidential Candidates

Holy Smoke! I am already tired of hearing the constant stream of words from all of the potential Republican Presidential candidates on all of the news networks. This is going to be perfectly awful between now and November 2012. Please give me back the days when the candidates for President and Vice President were really chosen at the respective party conventions. We did not have to hear and see all of the bologna then. Just pick the candidates.

Now we are under daily bombardment. Even the so called debates have started. Let’s get rid of those damn things, too. The only thing “winning” a debate should mean is that the person was a better orator on a given night than some one else. Being able to debate says absolutely nothing about one’s ability to lead and govern. It is the ability to give a speech on a given day.

I have seen too many general elections. The first I can remember was for Harry Truman. The campaigning has gotten worse ever since. It has also gotten to the point that the one with the most money has a head start. Television is to blame for this. TV loves the political season and all of the revenue it brings to the stations for advertising. Money talks. The Supreme Court made matters infinitely worse by allowing corporations to contribute to campaigns as if they were people. They are not people except artificially. There is no way a corporation whose resources are controlled by a few members of the Board of Directors should be able to align those resources behind a given candidate. Stockholders are usually a widely diverse group with widely diverse political philosophies. Bad decision by the Court.

So, on we go. God help us.


About Kent Blacklidge Ph.D.

As one of a newspaper family who owned a 34,000 daily newspaper in the heart of the Midwest for 85 years, I have a deep belief in a strong “Fourth Estate”, the press. Without a diligent, truthful, and assertive free press, the power would be taken from the people. People have the absolute right to know. After earning a degree in Industrial Management from the Krannert School of Management at Purdue, I spent over 20 years in newspaper management with several as publisher. I also hold three graduate science degrees including a Ph.D.. I have a passionate interest in science, the environment, government, and politics. I have very little tolerance for ignorance and stupidity.
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