With two weeks to go before the elections the rehetoric from the candidates covers everything except the issues. I've heard opponents called ugly, corrupt, unpatriotic, fascist, etc. I have seen very little discussion about the things that concern us, their electorate.
Here are some issues that I would like to hear discussed:
The War in Iraq
How to deal with North Korea and Iran
America's role and standing in the world
Health care costs / Prescription medicines costs
The Fair Tax Act
How to improve National Security
How to restore our Bill of Rights
Alternative sources of Energy
...And other topics relevant to John and Suzy Q. Public and their progeny.
Topics such as gay marriage are the very least of our concerns as a country. These "hot button" issues are nothing other than distractions and further attempts to destroy the individual's right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. They have no place in Congress or politicial debate. Congress is hired to represent us in running the country and not our personal lives. Our country should be the focus of debate, not the individual citizens and their values or faith.
The "she's ugly / he's corrupt, I have moral values / he doesn't" type of talk isn't going to solve our nation's problems and does not give the voter a clue as to where they stand on real issues. Unfortunately we never really know where they stand until after they're elected.