I just finished watching the New Hampshire Presidential Forum where 14 of the Republican candidates responded to voter questions. It was a surprisingly robust event…and I have some thoughts that are atypical of my usual topics.
I have to start with a confession of my mistrust and cynicism towards the candidates. I have been so deeply and repeatedly disappointed with those who govern, that I usually want to toss out every one of them. And yet, I have to also admit that my cynicism has caused me to stop listening and I have not been well informed about the candidates.
At first, it seemed like a huge personal sacrifice to spend a couple of hours listening to them talk. But then I realized that is pretty selfish when I consider the significance of the upcoming election. America is facing a significant crossroad…and that requires all of us to educate ourselves on the issues.
While there were candidates who failed my expectations…and others who exceeded them…I come away with renewed respect of the intelligence of men and women who live in the public eye. These aren’t stupid people – they are extremely well educated and knowledgeable about the world around us.
We owe it to our country to become likewise.
As I listened to caller opinions after the forum, it became clear that uninformed and inarticulate citizens are responsible for the quality of our politicians. It’s our fault when Washington fails us. Let’s raise the bar on the candidates by raising the bar on ourselves.
Thanks for listening.