You saw “Midnight in Paris,” right? You know, the movie where these mopey characters long for some past time where they believe everything was perfect.
As the movie goes on, the viewer is let in on the secret: Everyone thinks some past point was perfect and that their current time is awful. So, we all might as well make the best of the time we’re in.
We here at PP&B certainly believe that first point. The second point is, well, difficult to capture for most Americans, or so we see through our myopic eye.
How many people waive tiny flags demanding a return to simpler times when everyone shopped on main street and there were no malls? Or maybe they decry the rudeness of fast food employees and recall a better time when everyone was courteous.
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It’s a lot easier to moan about today’s problems than actually do something about it.
So it is with politics. Political candidates find it prudent to attack an opponent’s record and his past failings. Talking about your own positive qualities usually takes a backseat to attacks.
It’s always about the past. For example, Reagan was a great president who saved this nation. Alternatively, the argument is Reagan was a terrible president who broke the law.
Does it really matter? Sure, there’s value in understanding the past, but we shouldn’t get lost in it. Look around you – this is the situation we’ve got. Let’s do something about it.
If the only thing our leaders or potential leaders have is dirty laundry on their opponents, then we’re all going to have a lot of clothes to wash come November.
That’s why we encourage everyone to examine the candidates, learn their positions, think through your decisions before stepping into the voting booth.
The past doesn’t depend on it. But the future does.