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Republican primaries just business as usual

By Olivia Mercer
On March 28, 2012

This is probably the hardest article I've had to write thus far. Why? Because it's about one of the most difficult subjects to talk about....politics. In particular, the Republican primaries. At this point, Mitt Romney seems to be the front runner. However, there is yet no consensus within the Republican party, or even with independent voters as to who they would choose to run against President Obama this fall. It is also noteworthy to say that candidates such as Ron Paul, a twelve term allegedly straight shooter from the lone star state are not getting a whole lot of press across the board. If you take a look at any major news network, he seems to be little more than a blip on the radar. On the flip side, former senator Rick Santorum, as well as former Speaker Newt Gingrich seem to be getting more attention for their controversial statements, as opposed to their proposed policies for how to change Washington. As for our current Commander in Chief? It would seem that he is the unfair target of public scrutiny that is viewed through the eye of racial bias, rather than the content of his character. I personally think the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. would have preferred the latter. This is not to say that there should be no public discourse or free speech about the trouble behind the beltway, or the different views about different pieces of legislation, but if there must be conversations let them be about the issues themselves and not personal attacks on either the President or those who would paint themselves as the contender who is ready to challenge him for America's highest public office.  There's an ancient teaching that states, "If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all." Now, I'm not suggesting an idealistic view of having every politician sitting around a camp re singing "Kumbaya". However, it would be nice if this current contest for the presidency, as well as other pending elections, was  filled with more civil exchanges of ideas rather than the mudslinging

that most people appear to be tired of. Like I said, this is a touchy subject. In honoring my own personal view of full disclosure, let it be known that I myself am a raging

independent voter.  This means that I don't ascribe to any one political ideology when it comes to various crucial issues (i.e. abortion, capital punishment, immigration, etc.), but rather look at both sides, both views, and then make a choice. As I wrote in one of my last article, "I can only be responsible for my own choices." So to my fellow students, all I can say is that we each have our choices,convictions when it comes to this election year. I only ask that everyone be willing to have conversations where we can agree to disagree on different issues and candidates without getting angry or resentful towards each other.

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