The Norman Transcript


February 21, 2014

Turnip or politician

NORMAN — Have you ever wondered what the difference was between a turnip and a politician? If the thought never crossed your mind, allow it to step across your mental threshold and examine it from every angle.

As a matter of fact, it would be helpful for you find the answer to that probing question soon because the mid-term Primaries are popping up all over the country. Each Primary is both entertaining and appalling. They are filled with creative and revisionist disclosure by any given candidate of his, her or its personal history. There is the excitement of far-fetched tales tossed out by the opposition, also known as blatant lies. And, all too often, there is ennui – a huge disinterested yawn from most voters.

Why are Primaries important? The answer depends on your point of view because the Primaries are perceived in different way by each interested party.

If you approach the question as a voter, you are interested in voting for the best person for the job. At least that is the ideal reason for voting. Having said that. Each candidate, be it the incumbent or someone bent on overthrowing the current officeholder, tells us that he, she or it is “the one” and you should elect them to achieve nirvana. In the end, the problem and the choice come down to trust.

Let us consider the hopeful candidates’ perspective. He, she or it has blinding political aspirations. Each hopeful wants to grasp the golden ring and win the Primary for the opportunity to capture the ultimate prize and win the general election. If that burning need to run and win is not in the heart of the candidate, why the push to be elected to any office? After all, the process is similar to voluntary brain damage.

No slime-covered stone is left unturned by the opposition in its quest to beat down and destroy the “honorable” candidate. A clever, but unidentified person once said: “Why pay money to have your family tree traced; go into politics and your opponents will do it for you.”

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