Away we go
September 18, 2012
With 48 days until the general election, we’ve officially begun the hazing ritual we call campaigning. It’s the season when we make sure candidates seeking public office get more than their share of abuse in the name of reminding them who the real boss is.
We have a habit in this country of humiliating those who seek public office in all kinds of interesting ways, from following them around listening for gaffes to pressing them into a corner until they snap.
People blame the media for the behavior, but the American public is paying good money for this oldest and ultimate reality cage match called politics, and people expect a show.
Just because they hadn’t quite mastered the electron in the old days didn’t mean they didn’t do the very same thing for a very good reason.
For the people we select to lead us must be periodically reminded that they work for us, not the other way around. Those candidates who accept this reality with good humor are the ones we most want in office. Those who feel they’ve been kicked in the reputation should probably have stayed out of the ring.
Here at The Record-Courier we have our own version called the letters to the editor, but like the ring, there are a few rules when it comes to the local races.
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Fresh accusations will be discussed with the accused before a letter is published. After that it’s fair game for all sides. Candidates get a letter. We suggest they save it to defend themselves. Letters will be limited to 500 words. Writers are encouraged to tackle national political issues within that limit.
Guest opinions are limited to local or even the occasional state issue. We’ll do our best to vet local issues. Brother John Milton will edit the national letters, which is to say we will allow truth and falsehood to grapple, for whoever knew truth to lose in a free exchange.
We’re cutting off new issues on Oct. 28. After that feel free to write in support of your candidate until Nov. 2, which is the last editorial page.