Student warns against following empty rhetoric

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By Guest Columnist Joey Baertschi

Throughout this election the American people have been saturated in rhetoric from Both the Obama and McCain campaigns. Whether the buzz words are experience, change, honor or hope, both sides claim they have it and the other doesn’t. There’s good reason for this, it is hard to get people to vote based on the policies they’d like to see enacted because the public opinion is so volatile.

The average American has no desired telos for their ideologies, but rather has a dynamic sense of what they might want to see accomplished sometime in the near future. This is exactly why politicians try to instead appeal to the public’s more reliable sense of ethics and optimism; if they prove to the people that they are truly the “cure for what ails ya” comprehensive solution to America’s problems, they’ll win the election. John and Barack are trying to win votes with rhetoric, not policy, and quite frankly it’s driving me insane. I was relatively apathetic in the past presidential elections that have occurred in my life. 2004, however, was when I first noticed a lack of substance in politicians. The empty rhetoric started with the Republicans’ constant talk of national security, traveled all the way through John Kerry’s flip flops and W’s grades at Yale and ended somewhere with Bush winning re-election. Whether I supported John Kerry or George Bush is irrelevant. What is relevant is that it doesn’t matter who voters support. Both sides amount to nothing more than empty suites.

Obama is a poised, savvy, smooth, intellectual elite who knows how to change America for the better. McCain is an experienced maverick and a war hero that has done his best to be bipartisan during his six centuries in Senate. Neither, according to the other, has enough experience or is enough of an outsider to deserve the presidency, but come November, America will have to decide who is going to sit in the oval office until January 2012. The fact that election remains in a dead heat indicates that either America really does have a practically perfect cleavage between Democrats and Republicans, or that the average American still isn’t really sure for who they are going to vote, or, most likely, a combination of both.

Since both sides are so convinced the other is bad, I believe we should not vote based on the talking points and the rhetoric of the politicians but instead on the current state of our country.

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