Taylor Lynne Trentwood, Ph.D
Examiner: Denver Business and Industry
There are many new faces running for high office in the US government this midterm election. Their energy and passion to right some wrongs has led them into a fire and brimstone path that they may not have been prepared to expect. Politics is a blood sport. Newcomers are generally in a state of naivety about honor and duty and fair play. They learn all too fast that these are largely illusions when they are unreasonably and unfairly represented by their opponents.
Some of our candidates in Colorado and those in distant states are being dissected in a word- by- word and play- by- play critique of their entire lives. Even high school romps and early career overenthusiasm are being cast as character assassinations and indicators of the kind of person that they are in fuller maturity.
Very few of us are the same people today as we were in youth. Time and hard life lessons change all but the most rebellious people. Our role in voting is to judge the person for what they are in their current and most recent roles. To become distracted by halfhearted “facts” is to fail in our task as diligent citizens. Our candidates deserve that much from us in the very least.
The dishonest characterization of words and deeds is truly shameful. This pattern will eventually result in every good person disdaining to serve their country. We, as the voting public, need to see thorough these usually baseless and almost always irrelevant character assassinations. The quality of those making much ado over nothing needs to be examined in a brighter light.
We need to look at more than the misspoken words of candidates in the flush of their teen and early adult years. In fact, some of the stories that have been spread abroad as “scandal” rather make me chuckle and even more admire the righteousness, daring and powerful stance of a candidate. I do not repeat them here as the misrepresented incidents deserve no further press.
The shame of this current style of attack on candidates is that seasoned professionals are far more sophisticated in this game than the newcomers. Their well-seasoned political skills far exceed people who are new to the game and more innocent in intentions.
It is our own determination if these cruel and unjust attacks will prevail or if they will turn back upon those using such ugly and untruthful methods. Politics must change from the blood sport it has become into a field of intelligent, fair minded leaders presenting relevant facts and ideas.. It is up to all of us, the voters, to determine which type of people we want to represent us and to run our government.
Denver is a major political force in this part of the country. We lead both by example and practice. As voters insist on a balanced , dignified and intelligent process, our authority will only grow. The resulting effect on business and industry will inspire surrounding states as well as enhance our own prestige. As voters, we need to speak out in a concerted voice that we do not tolerate red herrings , mud slinging and falsifications. They have become a favored method of turning attention away from the vital issues that we need to consider.
It is becoming far more difficult to vote responsibility as the searching out the wheat from the chaff is both time consuming and difficult. However, we have no other choice if we want to choose the very best people.
Our health, safety and even sanity with peace of mind depend heavily on who we ultimately choose to represent us and to make meaningful decisions on our behalf.
To look at the methods used to may tell uswin an election may tell us far more about the people running for office than any mere words could do. It is up to voters to decide if these methods will succeed or will be cast out as a losing political methodology.