Helping Americans vet and choose candidates in the primaries may be the highest and best use of social media.
Long before the first debate, I was an original “Run Ben Run” supporter who helped and donated to get Dr. Carson to run. I think he is a very good man. And so is Jimmy Carter. Unfortunately, good men are not often good political leaders. I don’t know why that is.
This primary election process, including the usually excellent discussions hosted by Hank, is very healthy for us and the country. In my almost 67 years, Americans lost the general election in the primaries. People did not pay attention to the primaries. Not many people anyway. The pollsters, the media, pundits and the operators of the two political parties chose a Democrat and a Republican. Then, in the general election, whether the Dem or the GOP candidate were elected, it did not matter much to the people on the street. Romney is not very different from Obama. McCain is not very different from Obama.
Government just grows and grows and becomes more expensive with more and more regulations, more laws and always more wars and more debt. Meanwhile, freedom for citizens continues to erode. It became more and more difficult to save any money to take care of your family. You had to take more and more risk to get ahead, or not, except of course if you worked for the government or in banking.
Thousands of years ago, the philosopher-teacher Aristotle said, “Tolerance and apathy are the last virtues of a dying society.” And that is still true today. So, these vigorous discussions during the primaries are very healthy for individuals as well as society; these open discussions in social media expose the information that all of us gather on the candidates so that we the people have a chance to vet and choose the candidates for the general election instead of the wealthy and the powerful.
G.K. Chesterton has been one of my heroes of thought. In “The Blunders of Our Parties”, Illustrated London News, 1924-04-19, he said, “The whole modern world has divided itself into Conservatives and Progressives. The business of Progressives is to go on making mistakes. The business of the Conservatives is to prevent the mistakes from being corrected.” He also said, “Tolerance is a virtue of a man with no convictions,” which is opposite the teachings of high schools and colleges of at least the last 30 years.
Speak up young folk. If you try, you can learn more online than anywhere else. And the price is right.