Today, I need to talk about the behavior of our government officials, our politicians, those whom “we have entrusted” (the truth of that is a subject for another post) to positions of power. This is an issue that is in every government, every nation, large or small. It can come from local elected officials to those in the highest levels of office. It affects us all.
When did it become normal for our government officials to publicly insult each other? It was bad enough when it was hidden behind closed doors, but to publicly, in a press conference, call each other names? I know that “politics as usual” has been going on since the dawn of time, but never in my life have I seen so much in the way of politicians publicly degrading each other.
Time was, when an election was upcoming, and debates where held, it was the benefits and drawbacks of each individual’s plan was what was discussed; “I see these problems with his plan, now here is my plan…”, and so forth. Discussions were civilized. The candidates and officials put forth their best in hopes that they might have the chance to leave their mark on history, and hopefully do some good. Now, I hear very little about plans, and I see a lot of yelling, attacks. To me it’s often like watching arguments between toddlers in a classroom. When did this become acceptable?
We need to take responsibility, and change our behavior in response. We must (if we are going to vote at all), vote only for those candidates that show the best behavior, have the best plan. If there are no candidates that fit that description, then we should consider the “none of the above” option, or simply not vote at all. We need to start demanding the best behavior of the officials that have been put into office, or we need to demand that they leave office if they cannot display appropriate actions. They are supposed to represent us, not embarrass us.