Primary elections do not bring the strongest candidates

Primary elections do not bring up the strongest candidate—the system rewards tactics more than long view philosophy and statesmanship. The candidates and their handlers are guessing what will work—and deliberately trying to sway with sound bites and 30 second commercials; we have a great deal of demagoguery. Thoughtfulness is lost; our own humanity the loser. We are lessened by the TV-centered campaigning: not just as a people, not just as individuals, but as a species. More and more we vote not with our minds but with wallets. And the wallets have their own supra-human agenda.

:- Doug.

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