Stop With The Distractions

Today’s New York Times Op-Ed piece was a good one (free registration required). David Brooks shines a spotlight on the fact that we are getting so caught up in the drama of the candidates, fighting like little children for that coveted space in The White House, that we are forgetting about the issues. Yeah, it’s early in the presidential race, but can someone tell me what all of these candidates stand for or where they stand on the issues that matter to you? Was anyone else totally disgusted as they watched ten candidates attack one another’s character instead of talking about the issues that matter? It seems to me, and I think Mr. Brooks would agree, that we get what we ask for and while we sit around on our collective apathetic asses all we’ll get is the drama.

And while I’m on a bit of a political rant, I’ll say this: we need to finish what we started in Iraq. I was as opposed to going into Iraq as anyone, but if we pull out now, we’ll be doing far more harm than good. Who’s to say that we won’t benefit in establishing democracy in Iraq? Don’t misunderstand me. I don’t like the fact that there are kids over there dying for our country. I don’t like war and I don’t support our reasons for being there, but we’re there and facts are facts. I don’t have a good exit strategy and neither do the people who are running this country. My only suggestion is to read. Read about both sides and take it upon yourself to find out about what’s going on. Stop waiting for CNN to serve you the answers. Take a few minutes out of your day to learn a little something and then think for yourself.