I’ve been following the presidential election when I have time. I’ve suspected that the problem is that many of us don’t have the time to follow it. We are busy with jobs, obligations, children, and whatever else it is we do. We get a few blurbs from whatever news station we chose to watch and that is really about it.
I was just thinking the other day how funny it was that someone made the comment that a stay at home mom wouldn’t know anything about economics because she’s never been poor. I suspect, she knows more than most of us, because we just don’t have the time to research it. After all, it isn’t just about knowing what it is like to be poor, it is about having the time to develop well thought out solutions to poverty and then determining what candidate’s plan to support. It might just be that some stay at home mom’s know a whole lot more than we do. And, that may not be a good thing.
I don’t want anyone to take this as an attack on stay at home moms. It isn’t. In fact, this article isn’t about stay at home moms. It is about me and countless other people who are just frustrated. This is just a reflection of how I feel.
I wish I had time to sit and research the opinion of each candidate and compare them to my own. There was a time when we could trust the regular nightly news to relay details about each candidate in a nonbiased way. That time is no longer with us. If we can’t trust the news to deliver us a nonbiased video of a shooting that really doesn’t matter in the every day lives of most Americans, how on earth can we trust any of them to give us nonbiased reports on presidential candidates.
I’m really considering not voting this year. I’ve always felt high school students should not be allowed to vote on issues they know nothing about. But, maybe the rest of us should abstain from voting as well. How can we trust anything we read? How can we know the guy we are voting for really represents our view?
The answer is – we can’t. And that makes many of us losers – even if the person we voted for wins.