2011 was a year that made tabloid journalism feeding Low-Information Constituents the norm, thus the resolution for 2012 needs to be the return of the Well-Informed Voter.
The Republican Party is in the midst of determining who their Presidential nominee will be … yet the focus has been misplaced on irrelevant matters.
Michele Bachmann (R-MN-06) seemed to garner a lot of grassroots support and then the “questions” were raised about her “debilitating migraine headaches that led to hospitalizations”.
Questioning her fitness for the job was easier than questioning her facts or philosophies.
Potential Commander-in-Chief Bachmann effots to displace this irrelevent health issue is take on her challengers using her perception of the world. Ms. Bachamann’s latest salvo evokes a “mushroom cloud” event :
“Ron Paul would be a dangerous president. He would have us ignore all of the warning signs of another brutal dictator who wants to wipe Israel off the face of the earth. I won’t. He would wait until one of our cities is wiped off of the map until he reacted. I won’t wait,” she told reporters yesterday.
Potential Commander-in-Chief Bachmann may get some Iowa caucus-goers to forget the migraine concerns … that’s what Low-Information voters do … however Well-Informed Voters would ask what does Israeli sources say … from their local newspaper, Haaretz reports that Mossad chief Tamir Pardo said “A nuclear-armed Iran wouldn’t necessarily constitute a threat to Israel’s continued existence.”
Further, Haaretz interviews Dr. Leon Hadar, an Israeli and U.S. citizen who knows Ron Paul :
“He is just against foreign aid, and does not see any reason to grant an aid to the country that is a member of OECD. We should remember it’s the primaries, and the Republican party establishment is not happy about his popularity, because on many issues his positions run contrary to the traditional party’s agenda.”
While Ms. Bachmann was discounted by her migraines, infidelity caused heartache for a few other Republicans. Minnesotans are aware of the headlines involving State Senator Amy Koch, but not the “facts” … and those may never be reported. On the presidential campaign, Herman Cain finally left the stage after reports of sexual harassment allegations and a long-term affair proved to be a problem, yet his unsure responses on foreign affairs over Libya and Ubeki-beki-beki-beki-stan-stan did not cause the concern that it should have.
Another Republican candidate, Rick Perry showed off his “education” by announcing during the November 9th debate that he would reduce the size of government …
Perry: And I will tell you, it is three agencies of government when i get there that are gone. Commerce, Education, and the — what’s the third one there? Let’s see…Okay. Commerce, Education, and the —”
Ron Paul: EPA?
Perry: EPA, there you go.
Moderator: Seriously — is epa one you are talking about?
Perry: No, sir, no, sir. we are talking about the – agencies of government — EPA needs to be rebuilt.
Moderator: you can’t — you can’t name the third one?
Perry: The third agency of government I would — I would do away with Education, the Commerce…Commerce and, let’s see. I can’t. The third one, I can’t. Sorry. Oops.
Low-Information Iowa caucus-goers are still considering Rick Perry Presidential future, yet a review of candidate Perry’s college transcript and his C, D and F grades in Chemistry may explain Governor Perry’s questioning of various scientific facts. Actually, the transcript would suggest that he is the last person to advocate shutting down the Department of Education … instead, Governor Perry should be advocating greater performance out of the educational system.
These three quick examples illustrate that Voters need to become Well-Informed before the onslaught of lobbyist-paid PAC television commercials define the candidates.
In 2012, we do need not politicians that are created by the lobbyist-paid Political Action Committees … we need leaders … and thinkers … and competence.
Steve Quist recently penned his thoughts :
I keep hearing people say that our government is broken, that bureaucracies don’t work, that we can’t trust the government. But that is completely false. The problem isn’t the government, it is the politicians we elect. Time and time again we vote for a person simply based on a party affiliation, or we vote for the person who was lucky enough to catch us at home when they knocked on our door. We use one issue to decide who to vote for and we discount the others based on one issue.
That is no way to elect somebody to repair a system that you consider broken. If we want things to work, we need to elect people who are thoughtful, creative, considerate, and who see the big picture.
In 2012, we need to begin electing politicians who are willing to look at evidence and statistics, and use that data to decide how to vote on an issue, not vote on an issue based on a pledge that was signed to get the endorsement of a special interest group, or vote based on how the politicians affiliated party feels in general about issues of that type.
We need politicians who think for themselves and who think about Minnesota values and the future of Minnesota. They need to consider how the decisions they make will affect the next few generations, if not every generation going forward. They need to work together to be creative and considerate of everybody in their district, not just the people who support them or give them money.
We need politicians who are proud of working together and proud to get things done that make Minnesota better, not politicians who are proud that they created a chasm in public, insulted the other party in a clever way, or proud that their name is in the news.
Well said, Steve.
To be a Well-Informed Voter, ignore the television ads and read the Fact-Check websites and mark you calendar to re-read Steve’s The type of politician we need in 2012 on the first of every month.