No one really wants peaceful politicians. If it was all about nice, civil, courteous people explaining their point of view, no one would pay attention.
Since the beginning of time (I don’t say “dawn” any more because my sis-in-law is Dawn and I know she dislikes the phrase “break of dawn” for some reason), politics have been about arguing loudly and when reason and fact finding fails, clubs and small weighty objects make the point nicely.
I have always espoused the idea of speak softly and carry a big stick. In my case, the big stick comes in the form of facts, historical proof, a careful analysis of trends and humanity, and a love of civility and respectfulness. Too often people don’t have said “big stick” and therefore get louder and testier and end up ranting and raving like a lunatic losing all credibility. You either have a point and can make it without losing your cool, or just get off the stage.
Sometimes people are so bent on winning the battle that they lose the war. They may “win” a shouting match, but in the end have no real point or grounds to stand on and they end up just looking like a big baby. Like the world’s greatest sumo wrestler who just can’t get a date for a Friday night. Although in Japan they are highly respected and highly paid, so he probably could just buy a date if you know what i mean.
Anyway, the point, and i do have one, is that people always come to the polls with their minds made up and for all the debates and rants and talk show appearances, I would argue that really close to no one has actually changed their mind at any point in the election season.
And if you disagree with me, come over here. I have something to show you.