Americans Are Not Conscious of Political Facades

The White House (L) and The Capitol Building (R) (Photo Credit: Reuters)

America is officially in the home stretch to the 2016 elections of the President and many members of Congress. During these crucial months, candidates give it all they have to get every vote they can to obtain victory in November.

On television and numerous media outlets, political advertisements attempt to appeal to specific voters on a range of issues.

On the ground, in all 50 states, volunteers are actively registering voters and getting the message out for their candidate.

Minnesota FarVote volunteers registering voters (Photo Credit: FairVote)

In Washington, D.C., the halls of Congress are absent of representatives and senators, who have taken summer breaks to visit their districts and states. For some, they return home often enough to have popular standing with their constituents. Others are likely to receive an onslaught of rejections from people they seemingly failed to remember once they reached Washington. Regardless of status with residents, elected officials will carry a tailored message to their communities and fight to win re-election.

The process of politicians seeking to be elected or re-elected is becoming increasingly perfected as generations come and go. The method of perfection being crafted is designed to pull wool over the eyes of the American public.

As a result, politicians can promise specifics that are never delivered, yet millions believe and support them fiercely. When the promises fall through, they conveniently blame the “other” party for their shortcomings. In some cases this is factual. In others, it’s just typical political excuses.

Politicians’ ability to pull off this magic trick that blinds everyday Americans has been evident in every presidential election of the 21st century. It could even be said that Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton’s campaigns were precursors.

40th President Ronald Reagan (L) and 42nd President Bill Clinton (R) (Photo Credit: Getty Images)

There was a time when even the least informed person knew the candidates weren’t who they presented themselves to be under the public bright lights. Likewise, there was a time when the media dissected private and public aspects of a candidate as separate entities and presented both to the public. Such times are almost wholly behind us.

As major media outlets strive to increase ratings, they have abandoned informing the public thoroughly and factually. They have changed the desires of what Americans seek when obtaining information.

The American public is obsessed with the candidate they view on screens and hear across media outlets. They are told what to believe and how to feel about a candidate based what he or she said on the stump.

Of course, it is true, there is nothing inaccurate about taking into account the actions and words of a politician who is out on the trail. The issue arises when that’s all the public takes into account. There is more to a candidate. Also, there are voices besides political insiders and biased journalists.

To discover the complete candidate, the accounts of family, friends(old and new), colleagues, and those without a stake in the fire need to be listened to. Furthermore, the mainstream media needs to showcase such testaments to the public as often as they present a vote seeking, rally holding candidate who devotes profusions of time in the spotlight.