I wrote this because I am so sick and tired of our broken political system. And it’s everyone’s fault. I’m not talking about politicians, or media networks. I’m talking about you. Yes you.
It’s election season, and the mudslingers are out in force. I’ve seen commercials claiming Mitt Romney buys whole towns and fires everyone just for fun, and others suggesting Barack Obama wants to deliberately bankrupt our entire healthcare system to advance some socialist agenda. Any thinking person should be able to immediately reject these types of claims as baseless and exaggerated. Clearly neither candidate is some suit-clad agent of the apocalypse, hell bent on destroying America. So why are we bombarded with attack ads constantly during commercial breaks? Why do we find ourselves parroting their sound bites back to our friends at cocktail parties? Why do cars drive down the street with bumper stickers brashly proclaiming “W – not my president” or “Friends don’t let friends vote Democrat”?
American political discourse is broken. We’ve reached the logical conclusion of 24/7 news coverage, a population hungry for controversy, and a relentless media hype cycle. No longer do we discuss concrete solutions to the big problems we face as a country; we spend our time pissing at each over who is a “real American” and slinging accusations over where someone was actually born or why they won’t release their tax returns.