It may take decades to solve our problems
I’ve been reading many articles about how Mitt Romney beat President Obama in the first debate. I’m going to vote for Obama but am willing to admit Romney sounded more forceful, slicker and he’s got presidential hair, to boot. So he won. Sort of.
So what did we get out of him in that debate? A plan to cut taxes by $5 trillion? A foreign policy program that will improve the world? A way out of the recession? No, no and no. No details on any of them. Paul Ryan, Romney’s running mate, actually said when pressed for details of their plans that it would bore the listeners and he didn’t want to lower the interviewer’s ratings. How kind.
Our country has moved very far in my lifetime away from content and toward image; what author Terry Southern called “flash and filigree.” If people prefer that when they vote, they have that right, but then they will have to live with the consequences.
It is great to sound like you have a solution for everything that Obama hasn’t been able to solve, but it is more rational to understand that our problems and the world’s problems may not be immediately solvable; in fact, it might take decades. To grapple with those long-term problems, I want an intelligent, educated person in the White House, a person who has empathy for the people who haven’t struck it rich (that’s most of us); otherwise we’ll be complaining about the very same things in 2016 and we’ll start all over again.