The No. 1 election reform I want to see, the one that will really bring voters to the polls, is a box below the candidates names that says: NONE OF THE ABOVE.
If NONE OF THE ABOVE gets the most votes, then the election would be null and void and the candidates who ran would be barred from from the rerun to pick an office holder.
We are in deep trouble and our officials have lost all credibility. We are constantly forced to choose between the lesser of two evils. That means evil always wins and the result is nothing but failure after failure by all levels of government.
Here are two intelligent, sophisticated people running for governor and they spent an hour Tuesday night talking nonsense.
There was no engagement in any concrete way of a single problem facing us. It was all symbolic language without substance.
He cracks well-rehearsed jokes. She wears an incessant forced smile.
He hates business. She hates unions.
He’s been there and knows how the system works. She’s made a fortune getting things done in the business world.
He’s a failure, she says. She’s a liar, he says.
They both say the answer is jobs, jobs, jobs. She’s going to create them by giving billions of dollars in tax breaks to business. He’s going to create in green, so many jobs it will wipe out unemployment and budget deficits.
She’s going to fix the public employee pension system by raising the retirement age from 55 to 65 — except for police and firefighters.– and make them pay a full share of the costs.
He’s going to fix the system because he’s pals with all the union bosses and they’ll make concessions out of friendship.
It’s a certainty that loyal Republicans think Meg did great and loyal Democrats think Jerry did great. But it’s hard to believe the vast numbers alienated voters left, right and center were moved by anything they heard.
What’s so astonishing is that not a single political figure has stepped forward to speak the truth from their heart about just how serious are the problems we face and how difficult it will be to solve them unless we pull together, embrace the real changes that are necessary and share the pain equitably.
But then it’s not entirely the fault of Jerry and Meg and the huge political apparatus that controls their every word and every move.
We are the fools.
We are living in an escapist dream world. We consume the toys of materialism as if they can satisfy the hunger in our souls. We fill our minds devouring the garbage of petty celebrity scandals and spend our time as passive bystanders to the cheap thrills provided by sports and entertainments without connection to the world we live in.
We have no right to expect our leaders to be any better than we are. If we don’t have the courage to face the realities of our time, why would we expect them to, why would we expect them to risk their personal ambitions for the sake of us?
Still, we can only hope that this moment of crisis will produce a true leader who would risk it all by rising above the empty political dialogue and telling it straight to a public too afraid and too selfish to face the dramatic changes that must be made.