First off- calling these events “debates” is almost as much of a misnomer as calling our current system of auctioning off public office to the highest bidder an election :-)
To me, these moderator run talks are more like a game show, than a real discussion of issues. Every answer is couched in such a way to say as little as possible, without pushing real solutions- many generalizations, few specifics. It’s soundbite politics, and I’m waiting for a full length feature film.
Every once in a while I hear something that sounds real- like when Senator Obama admits that his position on Terri Schiavo wasn’t what it should have been.
However, I’m not interested in electing actors. The similarities in wording between answers last night’s speech by Senator Obama at Wright State in Dayton, and the answers in the debate- are sometimes almost word for word. It is one thing, I’d fail miserably at. I can’t remember my lines, deliver the same speech over and over, or sound so smooth. I’d find it incredibly boring to live life like that. I once remember hearing Billy Joel saying, he loves playing “Piano Man” for the response of the audience, but he’s so sick of playing the same song, the same way for 20 years.
The problems that our country faces aren’t so few, with such simple answers. It’s not about “staying on message”- it’s about coming up with different ideas, different answers and original thinking. We need new ways of representing our people- where we are constantly in touch, exchanging ideas and finding new answers from different sources.
That’s why I believe that the Internet, and web 2.0 offers a real opportunity to change the way that our elected representatives can actually do more representing and less politicking.
What do you think? Please take some time- and investigate many of my ideas on this site. Do a search on things that concern you- look at some of the categories on the right hand side. Find something you agree or disagree with- and let me know.
That’s the kind of conversation I hope to have- not a polished line delivered on cue.