Since my youth I've been fascinated by presidential campaigns throughout history by the ways campaigns have evolved and digressed, the critically
important issues of each election, the arguments/positions of each party's candidate on the major issues of the day, and the impact of media on
national campaign as well as how the medium impacts the message.
In comparing the presidential campaign of 2012 to historical races, I can honestly say that we've never had a campaign quite like this in terms of
the lack of accountability, total negligence of any issues and where the candidates stand on the issues and how the plans they've outlined differ,
the complete lack of civility or decorum during debates (something we haven't seen since the time of dueling) and absolutely no examination of either
candidates' record during their time in office.
One striking issue for all Americans is the impact of the continuing economic recession/depression on our lives and look at this issue from a
The National Bureau of Economic Research's white paper "Deep Recessions, Fast Recoveries, and Financial Crises: Evidence from the American Record"
complete history of America’s recessions. What that history reveals is that before this last recession, since the Great Depression recessions in
America have lasted an average of 10 months, with the longest previously lasting 16 months.
When President Obama entered office in January, 2009, the recession was already in its 13th month. His responsibility was to manage a timely, robust
recovery to get America back on track again. Based on the historical record, that recovery was imminent, within a couple of months or so.
The National Bureau of Economic Research scored the recession as ending in June, 2009. Yet, today, in the 59th month since the recession started,
there has still been no real recovery, like recoveries from previous recessions in America.
With that historical knowledge, and keep in mind this is the most important issue that impacts every American directly in the most personal way, in
the 2012 Presidential campaign we have not demanded accountability of either candidate:
1) The President is allowed to simply blame his predecessor for the lack of real economic improvement, improvement that doesn't need to be explained
to people but improvement people can clearly see. Noting that "recessions in America have lasted an average of 10 months, with the longest
previously lasting 16 month", we give the President a pass when he clearly had the time during his term to start and finish a new recession.
2) Neither Governor Romney or the President have had their plans to fix the economy scrutinized by the electorate in a manner that presents the plans
to the public. Remember Ross Perot with his charts & graphs in 1992? Nothing like that this year and no real plan outlined by either candidate.
3) Debates have become a disgusting display of childlike fighting-- instead of explaining their vision for America and how their plans will impact
the American public, both candidates find it more important to play the "Liar, liar pants on fire" game rather than provide a vision.
One final thought: The media floating the idea that a rain storm might or should force the postponement of the election would be the final nail in the
coffin of the United States Constitution. Folks, we held a Presidential election while the United States was fighting a Civil War and we held
Presidential elections before electricity was something people had; yet some moisture and the lack of power is being considered as a potential reason
to postpone the election? It is historically baffling.
What happened to a world in which elections were about issues, candidates plans, an examination of track records and real fact checking? Clearly 2012
is a vacuum of any of this from either major candidate.