Why not try politics?
Posted by Tobold's Blog [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 7 November 2012, 9:33 am
I am disappointed in the US election. Not because who won, but because how the campaigns went. Attack ads, excessive lying on both sides, and a general attitude that voters are idiots made this election very unpleasant to an outside observer. Earlier this week I read on an MMO blog that people should vote Republican because Obama's socialism had ruined the American economy. How uneducated would somebody have to be to not know what socialism really is? Or to not know that the current economic crisis started months before Obama was even elected?

I think that there is a good case to be made for a smaller government. I'm not saying that smaller government is always better than bigger government, but it sure is a viable choice. All it takes would be a politician who explains to voters the advantages and disadvantages of smaller government in a straight way and easy to understand language.

Most people would answer the question “Are you better off than you were four years ago?” in the negative today. But as presidents actually have surprisingly little influence over the economy, and the current crisis is already relatively long compared to typical downturns, it is extremely likely that in four years most Americans will be better off than today. Just blaming the Democrats and their "socialism" for the state of the economy won't work in 2016. And with Obama out, spreading false rumors that he is a muslim or not born in the USA won't work any more either.

So why not try actual politics instead of politicking? Why not let go of the libel, the attack ads, and blaming the opponent for everything he had no influence over? Why not explain to people how a different set of policies would make them even better off, regardless how the last 4 years went? Isn't 6 billion dollars spent to achieve exactly the same result as 4 years ago a sign that the current method of campaigning isn't working? Doesn't America deserve a better class of politicians than the partisan bunch that is likely to drive the US over the fiscal cliff in 7 weeks?
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