If there is one term I absolutely hate, it is "politics as usual". Why are we willing to accept things as they are? During this mid-term election, I have seen so many cases of dirty politics and people tend to dismiss it as something that always happens when two people run for office.
It doesn't have to be that way. I refuse to abide by those who accept these practices and will not tolerate it in any candidate I choose to vote for. If a candidate wants to engage in dirty politics and smear campaigns, I will not vote for him. Instead of telling the American voter where they stand on issues, they are more interested in denigrating their opponents. I believe that any candidate who engages in that sort of politics is someone we do not want to represent us.
A candidate that will do anything to win is one that will do anything to stay in office. That candidate will sell his soul for re-election and fail to represent the people who put him in office.
If I were running for office, I would state my position clearly and let the voters know where I stand on any issue. If I lose, I lose with a clear conscience. If I win, then I know that the people I represent believe that I will keep my word and do what I said I would do.
So, my words to any candidate running for any office. Be honest. Stay on message. Let your opponent know that you will not engage in dirty political tricks. State clearly, "I am a person of integrity and will not dignify a smear campaign with a response. I am above that. I will work to address the issues and formulate a solution."
I would vote for that candidate in a heartbeat.
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