Marvin Vangilder: Campaign standards need improvement

Marvin Vangilder

There is a growing tendency on the part of political candidates to tell the crowds what they assume to be the truth with little attention to reality but total concern for their electability.

Their statements contain what they have reason to believe is exactly what the particular crowd wants to hear. If the next crowd in the next town desires a different message, then the speech is adjusted to reflect that position instead.

In many cases, the candidates or their allegedly expert advisers are going to encounter serious shock when all this catches up with them. They have a tendency to believe that we the people are stupid and in the manner of misguided sheep ready to be led to slaughter or used to reach goals of the candidates’ desires.

What they must learn is that many potential voters are remarkably intelligent and quite capable of recognizing the full extent of the malicious and selfish way in which they have been used.

I think many citizens see all this as I do. If they want my vote they had best learn to respect my intellectual dignity and avoid insulting me. When insulted by their rhetorical approach, I will find it difficult if not impossible to think and act in any way that is favorable to their cause. I will respect them to the exact degree that they respect me.

When it becomes clear that I cannot trust them, they should not be surprised if I turn to some other competitor upon whom to bestow my vote. If none seems available, I may write in a name that suits my fancy.

Truth, honesty, openness, consistency, firm adherence to commitments, respect for all citizens and unquestioned devotion to basic American ideals are what I am looking for. These are qualities which we have every right and reason to expect of our candidates.

The candidate who does not exhibit such qualities in his/her words or actions will never get my vote, not even for dog catcher or garbage collector, and certainly not for a post of honor and power that may alter the course of human history.

The candidate who keeps changing his position on public issues to please each particular crowd is not operating at a level of wisdom that reflects my  understanding of the importance of the position he seeks. The result is that what he gets from me will be rejection.

There will be a day of accounting when it is found that the great majority of American taxpayers look out upon the political scene and agree with my response. It is not a question of liberal or conservative; it is a matter of honesty, integrity, trustworthiness and reliability.

Carthage Press