NOTE: This is an old draft but the thoughts are still valid.
There are a few things we need to look at before the big day when we Americans decide who will lead the country in the next 4 years.
First let’s look at the last couple elections…..and the candidates…..
Al Gore (centrist) – lost, John Kerry (centrist) – lost, Hillary Clinton (centrist) – lost…… While also a centrist, Barack Obama campaigned as a progressive and won handily in 2008….then reverted back to the centrist he truly was.
Just a thought
There are issues that have never made the debate stage and I feel that they should be discussed so the voter knows where these people stand.
Remember several years ago, I know that is hard in the trials and tribulations of a Trump presidency, the main thing we all were writing about was the discovery of the NSA’s spying on us mere mortals.
National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden said Tuesday that 2020 White House candidates should publicly declare their stance on the U.S. government’s “unconstitutional mass surveillance program.”
Snowden made the comments following a New York Times report showing the agency’s sprawling photo data collection effort was hugely expensive and largely useless.
Charlie Savage’s reporting on the program under the USA Freedom Act of 2015, which is set to expire March 15, showed the suspended call records program “cost $100 million from 2015 to 2019” and produced “a single significant investigation.” The Times report cited a declassified, partly censored version of a report from the congressionally-created Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board.
The NSA shut down the program—initially exposed by Snowden in 2013 and then modified in 2015—last year.
There are only a couple of candidates left…..so they should go on the record about the NSA programs.
Just one of those situations that the next president needs to handle….I am not all that confident that this one will do anything but throw words at it.
I realize that the normal American has the attention span of a goldfish so this needs to refresh their meager minds on the violations of our right to privacy.
But the elections have become high entertainment….Voters need to take voting seriously…..instead of a hobby they delve into every few years…..
Has politics become a form of entertainment? With debates every week, opinion polls every day, the insatiable appetite of 24/7 cable news for fresh “content,” heated arguments online around the clock, and the clickbait casting of heroes and villains, politics may indeed be America’s new national pastime.
We know the names of all the players. We know the odds, the delegate counts, and the morning line.
That’s what this week’s WhoWhatWhy podcast guest, professor Eitan Hersh, calls “political hobbyism” — another shallow, home-based, and technology-driven activity that takes us out of our community and away from personal engagement. In his view, it runs counter to the very idea of what politics should be.
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