More heat than light in campaign

October 11, 2012 • Editorial

As endless as the stream of attack ads, as enlightening as the platitudes and sound bytes issuing from the mouths of our would-[auth] be leaders, irrelevant political maneuvers continue to emerge during this campaign season.

Early in the campaign, there were the stories about the dogs. Mitt Romney once strapped his pet’s carrier to the roof of the family vehicle while on vacation, an act that has been immortalized by the Democrats.

Not to be outdone, Republicans countered by digging out of one of President Obama’s books the little nugget that our nation’s leader once ate dog meat.

Our nation’s politicians and their campaigns never seem to get enough of sifting through the dirt. Instead of sticking to the issues, candidates for office are busily engaged in the art of pouncing upon one another over remarks — no matter how isolated that remark may have been or whether it was taken totally out of context.

While it’s useful to have a glimpse of someone’s character, the electorate doesn’t plan to live with the winners in a literal sense; instead, we must live with the choices they make while in office.

Disclosures on matters such as tax returns and grade point averages don’t usually say that much about how a candidate is going to tackle the difficulties this country faces.

It is far more useful to ask candidates to address the need for more jobs, the proper role of government and their plans to navigate the rough waters ahead.

Those questions — and not what the candidates have done in their personal lives — are what should be on the minds of voters who will check the boxes on Nov. 6.

Guest Editorial

The Kinston Free Press

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