LETTER TO EDITOR: Andrew Horning Calls For Debates
I understand why Larry Bucshon refuses to debate. An incumbent’s best strategy is to stay away from any unscripted challenges, and simply float to reelection on free media and piles of cash. That’s worked for him and many other entrenched congress-critters for years now.
But it shouldn’t be tolerated.
You’d never think of hiring a janitor without interviewing the applicants face-to-face. Should hiring a congressman be so much less important and rigorous than hiring janitors?
The job of US Congressman is important enough that there should be serious, in-depth and in-person job interviews with tough questions and non-scripted answers. Voters should see what their options really are; not just the crafted “message” and marketing that special interest money buys.
Elections are the power of peaceful revolution. We certainly need such a revolution. But that precious power of peaceful change requires information; it’s quality and quantity should be commensurate to the importance of the job at hand.
I’m the Libertarian candidate for District 8 US House of Representatives, and I’d like you to know what ALL your options are. So I encourage all citizens of the 8th District, and challenge my fellow candidates, to public job interviews.
I propose one public forum and/or debate in each of District 8’s counties; with at least three televised debates. I propose the format discourages canned speeches and maximizes public interaction. And of course I propose that these forum/debates include all candidates who will be on the ballot in 2014; whether the incumbent refuses to participate, or not.
It’s a societal shame that the debates, public forums and media coverage of the past have all but disappeared, and that the information needed to make better choices has become hard to obtain. Voters need better information. It’s time voters demand it.