I’ve been listening to convention speeches for two weeks now.
“Vote for my candidate! He’s the best! He’s better than the rest!”
This from many of the people who a few months ago were saying “Vote for me!”
And then the peanut gallery chimes in. The journalists. The commentators. The talking heads. It all seems to add up to a lot of nonsense.
And yet, these are important times. The person chosen for President this fall with have the potential to impact my life and the lives of my wife and children significantly over the next four years and beyond. So I need to pay attention. I need to know how the candidates are different. I need to know where they stand. But I don’t think I’ll figure that out listening to the peanut gallery–or watching political ads on TV.
Those TV ads started in full force during the Olympics. They were everywhere. It got so bad that my three-year-old started walking around the house saying, “I’m Rocko Bama, and I prove this message.” At least I don’t live in a battleground state; I can’t imagine what people in Ohio and Florida must go through!
Insincere speeches, the peanut gallery, and TV ads. Gotta love Presidential elections.
Where to go from here? Well, a real analysis of voting records and stated positions would be a good place to start. Later this fall, we’ll have a comparison right here in The Father Life. Trying to figure out what that means for my family is the next, and arguably more difficult, task.
It may seem obvious, but actually voting is important, too. It can be easy to discount the importance of your vote, but don’t fall into that trap. Your vote does count, and your responsibility to vote–for you and your kids–is very important. If you haven’t yet registered, there’s still time. You can contact your state board of elections, or check out rockthevote.org.
Your challenge, then, should you choose to accept it, is to decide who should lead the free world for the next four years. But don’t worry; we’re all in this together.
Ben Martin is Editor-In-Chief of THE FATHER LIFE. He lives with his wife and four children in the Rochester, NY, area.
Ben Martin is the CEO of THE FATHER LIFE. He lives with his wife and five children in the Rochester, NY, area.