My thoughts in Words
Framing the world through a unique lens to provoke different solutions. "The difficulty... is not to write, but to write what you mean; not to affect your reader, but to affect him precisely as you wish" - R. L. Stevenson
As we head towards the election…
People ask how did we end up with these two candidates….
Well I believe the issue is that we have muddied the water of the political process in such a way that we end up with candidates that most people have to scratch their head about.
Historically, we did not dig this deep into people’s past the way that we do now. The media did not try to undermine every aspect of a person, because when you have too much information it actually causes more problems. Also, social media was not around so that by itself made things less cumbersome. People can no longer focus on the true issues, we have to wade through the tide and debris of everything else before we cannot actually figure out what I candidate plans to do (or not do).
Only certain people are positioned to take the level of scrutiny (if you call it that) that we are putting these candidates through. Conversely, the rest of the world is look at us as if to say is this the best you have to offer…as America? (That can be taken a number of different ways...)
When you look at past presidents Lyndon B. Johnson (LBJ), FDR, Bush, Sr., Reagan, Jimmy Carter, etc…these were not saints, but the media had a different feel and approach then back then. Think about this LBJ signed legislation that changed the course of the nation for African-Americans, my assumption is he was able to do that because he knew many of the southern segregationists in the south, he was from Texas. Now if that was today we would have destroyed him for his affiliations…but those affiliations may have been the reason he was able to do what he did (just a thought). I am not condoning the people LBJ knew, but politics is not and should not resemble reality television.
Look at JFK…the individual who people remember for sending federal marshals’ into the south to protect Freedom Riders and those integrating universities, but consider this, “…let's not mistake the man for a friend of civil rights. When the Freedom Rides started, Kennedy was enraged, demanding of his adviser Harris Wofford, "Can't you get your Goddamned friends off those buses? Stop them." JFK was not all about African-Americans, but everyone supported him because we did not destroy his image and he was able to lead the country…and behind closed doors his thinking and thoughts seemed to have evolved and changed.
Who we have…is who we have…one of these two steps into the White as the next President. Remember this, our current media is not about facts and truth…it is about rating. And drama, speculation, immaturity and ignorance often create the best ratings… most of the media is producing entertainment, not reporting the news.
Register to vote, and then actually go vote…if you are a women or a minority somebody fought, and in some cases died for you to vote, don’t be lazy or disengaged.
Byron Washington, MPA is a Consultant, Youth Mentor, and Life Coach. He is a graduate of Winston-Salem State University and Princeton University. He currently resides in Shanghai, China with his family. - "Change Without Direction is Chaos"