Here in the United States, we are currently embroiled in election euphoria. Candidates from both Republican and Democrat parties are vying for your vote to become the next President of the United States. Platforms should mean everything, but do they really? Is it coincidence that the “richest” candidates happen to be enjoying large leads in the polls? How much do you think “money” has to do with that? Just about everyone knows that “money is advertising and promotion.” This works for just about anything and everything you wish to sell, so why shouldn’t it work for selling Presidential candidates as well? When you think about it, how many times have you gone into a voting booth and witnessed a whole bunch of names on the ballot of people you never heard of before? What do you do when that happens? Do you just pick one based on the pronunciation of his or her name? Do you close your eyes and just guess? Elections are important, but so is political education . What good is voting if you don’t know anything about the people who want to earn your vote? We know the most about the candidates who have enough money to promote, but what about the others who don’t? Should we just assume that they are not qualified enough to be considered? The next President of the United States will have a major effect on our lives. Is it enough to simply elect the best candidate or should we just settle for “the best candidate money can buy?” What would happen if each candidate were given a promotion budget? In other words, what if there were equal allocations of money for each candidate to spend for advertising that could not be exceeded? Do you think that would make a difference in your vote? Also, what role does the media play in this? Whenever they project a leader in the polls, do we automatically just assume that who they pick is the person “we” want? When they start out favoring one particular candidate, then of course that candidate is receiving “free” promotion. “Your vote is your voice… When you speak up, it is important to know what you are talking about.” Voter education is a great weapon… If your vote can’t be bought, then please take the time to obtain all the knowledge you need to know. Your life, as well as the rest of our lives… are all depending on it… Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought, and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.
Wynton Marsalis (in center) Stan Brisbon (at right) and Brett Jolly