The airwaves are inundated with political advertising be it TV, radio or pop-up ads on websites. You can’t seem to escape the strangle hold of media and relentless mud-slinging. Much like the old adage boys will be boys! Democrats will be as such and so will Republicans.
Like a leopard, staunch republicans and democrats can’t change their spots. Most of the time, neither will bother to look at what both candidates have to offer and then decide who gets their vote. Blind tradition can play a key role in one’s political persuasion e.g. if your grandfather and father are democrats ergo the third generation.
This leads us to the undecided vote. Are they clueless, confused or conscientious? Taking time for due diligence in reviewing both candidates credentials before casting their crucial vote. These voters have the power to swing the entire race to one side or the other. Who are these undecided voters?
According to the NBC/Wall Street Journal Poll the breakdown suggests “they tend to be younger (four in ten are 34 years old or younger), moderate (54 percent identified themselves that way), very pessimistic about the direction of the country (64 percent wrong track) and more positive in their views of Obama (45 percent positive) than Romney (20 percent positive.)” Also, two key pillars of Obama’s political coalition, Latinos and young voters, are much less interested in the election than they were in 2008.
This makes you wonder how much of Obama’s support in 2008, was of the “novelty” in electing the first African-America President? Now that the “novelty” has worn off, will his supporters follow-through and turn out in droves in 2012 as they did in 2008? We shall see, indeed.
At the local level, Honolulu politicians have taken on smear marketing tactics of their own to discredit their opponents. Using half truths and blatant lies in some cases, it has become a vicious cycle of political mud-slinging. Honolulu e.g. Hawai’i is not like the Mainland, it has a quiet dignity all of it’s own. There is a pride and respect for the land, people and culture which is both traditional Hawaiian and American. Political smear campaigns don’t win favor here, it alienates the voters. In Honolulu, he or she who smears the most, loses!
Americans don’t need to cling to promises of change and a better life through the leadership of one man. Americans have an indomitable spirit and a history of being the best. It’s not just our history, it’s our individual and collective future. Help yourself! If you are unemployed or under-employed, consider upgrading your skills through higher education, either part-time classes or online coursework. A good job with great pay, health benefits and 401K savings towards the future, goes a lot further than promises.