When I read an article in the headline in one of our local newspapers that accused the AG of offering David West a position in the PCA to retract a statement that he made, it reminded me of the famous quote made by Bill Clinton at Campus Progress National Student Conference, July 13, 2005 which stated that “people really don’t care if politicians attack each other with untrue stories. They figure if you don’t want to get hurt, you shouldn’t have filed for office. They figure whatever happens to us, our lives will be better than theirs.” An untrue story seems to be part of politics globally.
It begs the question; who are the people that make up the biggest proportion of the population? Is it the intelligent ones or the fools?
We’ve come to be consumed by a 24-hour, slash-and-burn, negative ad, bickering, small-minded politics that doesn’t move us forward. Sometimes one side is up and the other side is down. But there’s no sense that they are coming together in a common-sense, practical, non-ideological way to solve the problems that we face.
In a year when we will all face the polls, let’s remember that the goal in the end is not to win elections. The goal is to change society.