We’ve witnessed the process growing worse election by election, but clearly this year’s campaign has now reached new depths.
Key factors that can corrupt even the most well-intentioned among us are all in play this year and they are affecting more than just those running for office.
Politics, money, influence, power and sex are the tools that fuels that drive Washington, which is why we shouldn’t be at all surprised by what’s taking place.
But this year, the media has chosen to further flex it’s unbridled power and influence to play a role in creating extra drama, as both sides have argued, tipping the scales of this election through their reporting or lack of reporting.
Set party affiliation aside if you can for a moment. This election and the final two candidates have been in play for nearly two years. Nothing being revealed in the last few weeks about either candidate is new. It’s all old news.
So why are these breaking news events occurring at this pivotal point? Forget fair and balanced. Forget your party affiliation and candidate choice. This is pure octane spiking of the news for obvious reasons. Perceived scandals are far more stimulating, plain and simple.
If the national media with all their investigative crews, truly did it’s job all this “stuff” would have come out long ago disqualifying these candidates and perhaps today we could be spending more time having conversations about the real issues that affect everyday Americans and the world.
This whole mess has been so carefully choreographed if it were a movie, they would have a landslide victory at the Academy Awards, but unfortunately it’s real life and this election will affect millions, both in negative and positive ways, for perhaps years to come.
Our Constitution calls on a free press to be the guardian of the people; to afflict the powerful and comfort the afflicted. Unfortunately, the national media has become far too influential and comfortable with the position they enjoy and are swayed by the flow of big money, much like our political system.
Their first priority is driving sales and enhancing the cash flow. Their second priority is to insure that continues long after the election with those in control of Washington.
At the end of the day, we are all afflicted with the human condition. We all have flaws and are prone to give in to those flaws along the way. Those in power and with financial security are even more at risk to be swayed to use their powerful influence for their own advancement.
This country was built on the premise that we could avoid these traps by keeping the power with the people. We have allowed ourselves to be manipulated and we are headed for trouble if we don’t turn things around very soon by demanding truth, accountability and limit the powerful from owning the upper hand.
Dan Alexander is CEO of Sun Community News.