There’s nothing going on out there to blog about, but we won’t let you down. It’s time for another Creative Challenge, albeit one that’s off-topic.
Your task will be to help us deal with what we see as the total collapse of the premise that underlies the reason we vote for political candidates. The problem is that if we don’t vote for candidates based on their ideas, values, and character, and their adherence to the Constitution, then what’s the point of having elections?
We’re all familiar with those who will vote for a creationist, usually without regard to whatever else the candidate may think. But there are other examples out there of the problem that concerns us. In recent years we’ve seen that many will vote for a candidate solely — or at least primarily — because of his race, and currently we’re seeing the phenomenon of a candidate whose principal support seems to be based entirely upon her gender. Your Curmudgeon finds this trend to be deeply troubling.
There are other examples of “single-issue” voters, but when the issue is, say, taxes or defense, at least it’s political in nature, so we’re not concerned here with those voters. And there are other issues over which voters obsess, like abortion and — shall we say — unconventional types of marriage. But those are too divisive for this humble blog, so we don’t want to hear about them. Besides, constitutionally speaking, such matters are — or should be — the concerns of the states, not issues for national elections. So we’re going to limit the subject matter to what we see as alarming recent developments.
The form of today’s challenge is that you must tell us, with reasonable brevity:
You know the rules: A successful entry should be self-explanatory. You may enter the contest as many times as you wish, but you must avoid profanity, vulgarity, childish anatomical analogies, etc. Also, avoid slanderous statements about individuals. Feel free to comment on the entries submitted by others — with praise, criticism, or whatever — but you must do so tastefully.
Your Curmudgeon will decide if there’s a winner, and whenever we get around to it we’ll announce who the winner is. There is no tangible prize — as always in life’s great challenges, the accomplishment is its own reward. We now throw open the comments section, dear reader. Go for it!
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