attention to the presidential
election this week and tried to figure out
why each candidate
thinks they are the best choice for president
it would probably take him a while to figure it all
the focus of the news
would seem to be
wife, Judith, or perhaps one of his children;
Romney's wife, Ann, or maybe one of their sons;
Barack Obama's wife, Michelle, or perhaps his six
year old daughter; or maybe even John Edward's wife,
In my opinion,
the most important thing
consider when thinking about our next president
is hardly discussed at all - which is the safety of
our country in the face of the terrorist threat. As
a friend of mine put it, "I would put out feelers to
see who the terrorists most want as president and
I'll vote for the other candidate."
No one can say
media has ignored the election of
2008, it is certainly being covered. But the
coverage is almost nothing more than the potential
candidates apologizing for misunderstandings and
things misspoken or begging the public to give their
family a break.
Why doesn't the media
focus on the issues that really mean something to
the American people?
Where are the tough questions to the person who may
be our next president?
Do we really care
if one candidate's sons served in the armed forces -
millions of other all-American boys haven't! Should
it make the news if another one's six year old
daughter didn't understand the meaning behind
commercials put on You-Tube about her father - a six
shouldn't be watching that stuff!
Will our next president fail as president because
his teenage son didn't get along with him? Is that
some sort of unspoken statement that the rest of us
have no problems communicating with our teens?
Our focus in the upcoming
election should not be on any one candidate's
personal life or family issues. It should be on the
safety of the country in the face of the threat of
world wide terrorism, on the education of our
children, the poverty level and level of health care
the economy, border security and relations with our
neighboring countries, crime and other basics that
have an effect on our future.
Given all the information
available to us in this day and age, when asked the
question, "Who are you voting for?" every American
should be able to give an educated answer based on
his knowledge of the candidates and their political
records - and nothing else.
If all the election
the media insists on giving us is going to be about
things that really don't matter then the media is
not living up to their responsibility in this great
don't bring the focus of our elections back to where
it should be, the terrorists might cheer when our
next president is chosen.