The earnest presidential campaign, that is. Of course, the candidates have already been campaigning, but it's beginning to start to ramp up. I see this, and I hardly every watch broadcast television.
But despite the fact that I don't watch much TV, I still get to hear some of the rhetoric and the name-calling and the political maneuvering and the criticizing of the other candidate's position on whatever issue.
Most of it bothers me ~ but what might bother me the most is the accusations from one to the other of being wishy-washy, or flip-flopping on an issue.
What bothers me more than the accusations, though, is the reaction of the accused ~ most of the time, the reaction is to try to explain away their previous positions. I'm sure someone must have done it at some time in politics, but I've never heard a candidate say, "Yes, that was my position at one time. Now, though, I see things differently. Let me explain why I've changed my mind, how I've grown, and why I believe my current understanding is better."
Personally, I'd rather elect someone to office who honestly embraces the struggle and the moral uncertainty of real life, and would rather not elect someone who pretends like their positions haven't changed an iota since they were 25 years old.
Plus, if we were a little more honest and humble about our own position, we might be a little more respectful of someone else's position ~ which just might lead to a growth in civility within our national political discourse.
As I go back and read this post, it seems like perhaps I'm looking and hoping for, dreaming about, honest politicians. Is it too cynical to say that, perhaps, that's a pipe dream?