WS>>Thoughts on why this election is so uninteresting
carl william spitzer iv
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Sat Oct 7 08:59:48 MDT 2000
"Chuck Baldwin"<cblist at gulf1.com>
Chuck Baldwin's Food for thought from the Chuck Wagon
August 18, 2000
Without a doubt, this is the most uninteresting elec-
tion year I can ever recall. The interest level of this
campaign is lower than low; it is in the pits! Think about
it: how many private yards do you observe to have political
signs on them? Not many. How many "Vote for Bush" or "Vote
for Gore" bumper stickers do you see? Not many. How many
people even bothered to watch the national political conven-
tions? Not many. Its a boring campaign, to be sure.
This obvious lack of interest is not because the vari-
ous candidates are not working hard. Nothing has changed in
that department. We are inundated with campaign commercials
and advertisements. Campaign signs cover every highway
intersection. Political propaganda is as ubiquitous as
The problem is, people are just not interested. As
anyone can see, the general election this November will
generate the lowest percentage voter turnout in history.
The question is, why this indifference? There are several
For one thing, the presidential candidates themselves
are uninspiring. Neither Bush nor Gore possesses charismat-
ic qualities. They are about as exciting as watching grass
grow. Plus, neither candidate has "turned on" his base.
Gore is trying to both define himself and, at the same time,
distance himself from Clinton (not an easy job).
Many union members tell me they are not voting for Gore
because of his support for NAFTA, GATT, the WTO and trade
deals with China. Many of the leftist special interest
groups (which comprise the base of the Democratic Party)
believe Gore to be all talk and no action on many of their
issues. Polling data suggests that Gore cannot even take
his own home state of Tennessee for granted. Thats pretty
Bush, on the other hand, is riding the wave of "hes
better than Gore" to the White House. The truth is, most
people are not voting for Bush; they are voting against
Gore. That hardly makes for an enthusiastic campaign. Con-
servatives (which comprise the base of the Republican Party)
are breathing a temporary sigh of relief because Bush picked
pro-life Dick Cheney as his running mate. However, many
will be holding their collective breath throughout his
administration, as it is yet uncertain how committed Dubya
will be to the conservative agenda. Building a "big tent"
might sound good to CEOs and media moguls, but it does
nothing to inspire grass roots laborers.
Also, there is the feeling that on many issues there is
little substantive difference between the two candidates.
Their speeches are eerily similar. They both talk about
saving Social Security and improving education. They both
appear to be more interested in appeasing big corporate
donors than aggressively pursuing policies that will turn
the country around.
The key distinction in this race is only one: Gore has
the Clinton stain on him. That's it. That's enough.
Clinton fatigue will give Bush the presidency. It will
probably keep the Republicans in charge of both chambers of
congress, which leads to another question: what will Repub-
licans do after they assume control of the entire govern-
ment? Probably not much, and thats what people are nervously
and quietly anticipating.
If that's true, one can only hope that it is the calm
before the storm, a storm of grass roots activism that will
take the course of the country out of the hands of the
political parties and put it back in the hands of the people
where it belongs. Well, one can hope.
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