Tonight's #Presidential #Debate: Stop With The Mud and Start With the Answersby Ellen DuBois on 10/19/16
I've been pretty wrapped up in this election. I've watched FOX news, (and a few other stations), read countless political newsletters, have been in the trenches, (to a limited degree at political headquarters in my state), and have seen more political ads than I can count. I've watched the last two debates with my dog snuggled up between my fiance and I. Sometimes, I've wanted to jump ship, turn off the TV or at least change the channel, (especially now that Jane the Virgin is back on and I love Designated Survivor). But, I didn't. I watched the debates because to me, it's too important not to.
I don't typically write about politics because it's not usually my thing. However, I write about what's on my mind and right now, for better or worse, it's the presidential race. I can't help it because there's too much at stake. I love and respect this great country.
The campaign: It's heated. It's convoluded. It's muddy. For far too many Americans it's unclear.
Tonight's the third and final debate. How appropriate it's being held in Vegas. I feel like it's a Pay Per View event, but one with a lot more at stake than a championship belt.
It's been a down and dirty race, (that's an understatement). Trump and Clinton have been mudslinging for so long I'm afraid there are millions of people who don't know where either candidate stands on the issues. Those who are decided know who they're voting for. Those who are undecided don't know who to vote for and that's not only sad, it's scary. There's too much dirt in their eyes from all the mudslinging to see, to know, to feel confident in either presidential candidate.
"Mudslinging is the act of making hateful statements or comments about someone, usually a political opponent. An example of mudslinging is what opposing politicians say about each other in smear campaigns."- Source "- Your Dictionary
This isn't about who I'm for. I already know and still find myself wiping dirt from my eyes and wanting to grab some earplugs. If I had both candidates in front of me right now I'd say: Stop With The Mud and Start With the Answers. (My new slogan.) If you want people's vote, get out there and earn it. Tonight's your night! Talk about what matters, for God's sake. Talk about the issues. Better yet, give the American people your solutions to the problems plaguing this country. Tell people why they'd be better off with you as their president. Why should you be at the helm? What will you do to create jobs? How will you make this country a safer place? What's going to happen to social security? Speaking of that, what about this nineteen trillion dollar debt that keeps creeping up and up? What about healthcare? Will our veterans be taken better care of and not left floundering in a system where they're often overlooked? What will you do to protect our citizens and our police officers? What will you do as president to ensure that every child in the USA gets the best education possible? Because they're such important issues, I think these two bear repeating: What will you do to create jobs so people can, well, survive? How will you make this country safe again? Don't just say you'll do it, tell us how. Please!
These are only some of the questions people need and deserve answers to. We the people are tired of all the sex talk, of who did what to whom and when. We get it. We know. We don't like it. If what you're slinging back and forth in front of millions of people who need answers has nothing to do with your ability to run this country, please stop talking about it! (Caveat: If it does affect your ability to run this country, have at it.) Give your potential voters what they need: Answers.
We the people live in the greatest country on earth and many are afraid. We feel like the sand is shifting under our feet because there aren't enough jobs and there are acts of terrorism being conducted by evil people on our own soil and around the globe . We see riots, looting and incomprehensible unrest on TV and gasp in horror and disbelief. We the people are not just struggling to make ends meet, many don't know where the ends will come from.
America is crying out for help. When they look to either candidate for answers, for leadership, for a feeling of confidence when saying "this is my choice for president", they are left with eyes filled with mud and still, no answers.
Dear candidates, please, for the love of God and for this country, give people the answers they need at tonight's debate. Stop With The Mud and Start With the Answers.
Whatever's left in the pile of dirt that needs to be sorted out will be.
Stop With The Mud and Start With the Answers. That will earn you respect and votes. The American people deserve nothing less.
Ellen DuBois: is the author of I Never Held You: Miscarriage, Grief, Healing and Recovery and Host of MiscarriageHelp.com. She's been published with Blue Mountain Arts, and is a contributing author to several books including: Soul Matters for Teens, Sisters, (Blue Mountain Arts gift book), Conquering Panic and Anxiety Disorders- Success Stories, Strategies and other Good News, Romancing the Soul, More God Allows U-Turns. Additionally, she's known as "Miss Ellen"- a piano teacher to students from 5 to tween and beyond. She blogs about things that matter to her...or whatever inspires her.