What is up with this “electability” question? Is anyone else getting annoyed with this ridiculous question that lacks substantive qualifiers? Let’s not forget if it weren’t for the grassroots efforts on behalf of Barack Obama, his Presidency would not have happened. The media had deemed him “unelectable” back in 2008.
I am tired of the media who need to fill a 24/7 news cycle starting these ridiculous notions of “electability” against Trump. It robs us of the opportunity to hear from every candidate and attempts to take decision-making out of our hands. It means they don’t have to cover as many candidates or issues. It is an attempt to be a “King Maker,” and no one should buy into it.
When I first heard it, I rolled my eyes, dismissing it as a stupid thing for a pundit to say. Then it took off on Twitter, magazines, bloggers, and finally, people who I know to be intelligent, independent thinkers are repeating “electability” like a mantra.
An empty phrase that should be an opening statement to a much larger substantive conversation determines the Democratic Presidential Candidate. Yet, when I ask people what “electable” means to them, I hear, “Someone who can beat Donald Trump.”
These answers only serve to spur me on to ask the follow-up question, “Who is that person? What does that person say or do that makes them “electable?” I get shrugs, poll number quotes, but mostly “I don’t know.”
If the electorate can’t define that elusive “electable” question, then why are we judging candidates in this manner? Why are we abandoning our independent thinking for a media-controlled narrative?
To be clear, when I speak of the “Media,” I am referencing a few network employees, aka the gatekeepers, aka News Directors, and maybe a Vice President of the network. Despite titles, it boils down to a few men deciding what we see, hear, and think about the candidates. Remember, the media is supposed to be reporting on the voting trends of the public, not the other way around.
The “electability” question also inflates Trump in our mind as an unbeatable opponent. It raises him to mythical proportions. Trump puts our country in danger every day by lying about election security, health scares, and the general safety of our nation.
Trump, who has brought back racism, hatred, and discrimination to a new level, is eliciting a concern of being unbeatable? He doesn’t believe in the continuity of the Presidency but only of himself. Everything Trump does goes against what the United States and its people stand for. His Presidency is a blight on all the work and progress of past Presidents. The Media should be reporting on the foreign involvement threats to our election process. It should be raising awareness of the risks we face during this election and how to spot it. Our last bastion in truth-telling is our reporters. Their unbiased investigative reports on this topic would better serve the people instead of fear-mongering about a bloated egocentric embarrassment of a President.
We only need to look as far as the Iowa Caucus to see how much the media controls the narrative. For some unknown crazy reason, Networks decided to put live coverage on Iowa. It makes no rational sense, but all the potential to go sideways. When it did, they squawked about it. They looked stupid for giving up massive amounts of prime time to a Caucus. A caucus whose progress merited an occasional update. In their frustration with the lackluster performance, networks overlooked what was important.
People talked to each other about why they believed in their candidate: real people, not pundits but actual voters. People were coming together in their communities to figure out who would do the best job representing them in the White House. Voters who cared about getting it right, not network deadlines or “electability” but actual discussion of candidates and their campaigns. The people were the story, but instead, the networks were angry. They wasted precious time with no results to report. They lost all perspective in a somewhat perverse way; I find their tantrum splayed out for all to see a little funny.
Electability is who we, the people, decide, is electable. The media trying to Base it on only one criterion of beating Donald Trump is a disaster waiting to happen. Instead, vote for who will be the best steward of our Constitution, our country’s beliefs, and our prosperity. It is the Primary season. Regardless of what the media says, listen for yourself to what each of the Democrat candidates has to say. Does their platform speak to you? Does it sound genuine? Is there a track record to back it up? Define what is important to you and only you because it’s your vote. Then actively find the candidate who aligns with your criteria.
It is the Primary season. Regardless of what the media says, listen for yourself to what each of the Democrat candidates has to say. Does their platform speak to you? Does it sound genuine? Is there a track record to back it up? Define what is important to you, and only you because it’s your vote. Then actively find the candidate who aligns with your criteria.
While you are thinking about your wants and needs in a candidate, also remember the responsibilities of the President. They are the face of our nation, the person who puts forth our country’s ideals to the world. The job of the President is to mainly work on foreign affairs while doing the broad strokes of domestic policy. We need to think beyond the election and who can repair our relationships with Allies. Who respects our armed forces as well as our intelligence agencies. The big egos that suffocate everyone in the room have proven useless for the country. We need a true leader who knows how to bring people together. Who is not just a citizen of our country but realizes we are world citizens.
It is easy to get caught up in what the pundits say, especially as the field narrows. However, you have a right to hear about all candidates, and each deserves an honest look at their abilities. Unfortunately, the media tends to pick their favorites, who then benefit from positive spins, while the unfavored is cast in a negative light if they get any coverage at all.
To combat this, I have linked the leading candidate’s websites. Read what they care about, not just the resume but the issues and plans they are hoping to implement.
Considering many of these candidates are Senators, here is a neutral place to do some research on their voting record, sponsored bills, and interests: https://www.govtrack.us/congress/members
As we go into Super Tuesday, I hope you vote with your mind and heart for someone you believe in and whose beliefs/values you can proudly get behind. Remember, your vote is your choice and yours alone.