Candidates Continue to Clash as Crunch-Time Comes
The 18 month slog that is the United States Presidential race is about to see ballots off to a premature start, as voters in key states are being encouraged to vote early. Up to 70% of the electorate could potentially vote in advance as Election Day becomes Election Month. Use of election translation services are rocketing as preparations get rapidly under-way.
As the election campaigns continue on all sides, there has been a continuing emergence of truth twisting, seemingly on all sides. Admittedly, sometimes these deviations from the facts do appear to have happened completely by accident – a lack of fact checking or common sense perhaps – however the potential to mislead and deviously influence voters is practically omnipresent.
If it’s not republican Senate candidate, Todd Akin, suggesting that his opponent isn’t ladylike enough or declaring that rape victims bodies have natural mechanisms to prevent pregnancy, then it’s Texan Governor, Rick Perry, ‘educating’ children of the apparently questionable concept that is evolution – “It’s a theory that’s out there, it’s got some gaps in it”. That’s not to say that foolishness is a character flaw that only republicans possess. President Obama quite publicly offered his condolences after he believed a tornado in Kansas had destroyed an entire town and killed 10,000 people; the aforementioned natural disaster actually took the lives of 12. Uninformed and insensitive yes, but nowhere near the same league as Rick Santorum’s speech on the dangers of contraception, a presentation in which he relied on the expert advice of a collection of celibate men…
While errors of this kind are mostly down to a lack of forethought, naivety and just plain idiocy, there are also evidently some more sinister digressions from the truth occurring. Paul Ryan’s address to the RNC a few weeks ago was praised obediently by the republican supporters in attendance; however commentators easily managed to pick out at least seven points from his speech which were possibly not even remotely true. The lead anchor of CNN, Wolf Blitzer, stated the he marked ‘seven or eight points’ that the fact checkers would surely be able to dispute. But as his co-anchor, Erin Burnett, explained (and whole heartedly believed), his speech motivated people and it was well received, so never mind the issues with the facts…
The general consensus of the presidential race so far, as is usual of such an epic occurrences in US politics, that it has been a circus. With the evident lack of commitment to the truth and to the well being of the American people it’s no surprise that the electorate are losing faith. As depressing as it all may be in the grand scheme of things, at least we can trust that if we keep our eyes on Mitt Romney for long enough then he’ll eventually say something completely ridiculous to cheer us all up.
“I’m not familiar precisely with what I said, but I’ll stand by what I said, whatever it was.” —Mitt Romney (May 17, 2012)