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Why can’t picking political candidates be more like choosing toppings for your pizza?

Scott Robert Shaw



When choosing toppings for your pizza, you typically choose the ones you like best. When shopping for a car, you make your choice based on what you like, not what you hate.  But that doesn’t seem to be true in politics anymore. It seems we make our choices in the voting booth based on what candidate we hate the least. Many people will cast a ballot for Joe Biden not because they love Joe Biden, but because they can’t stand Donald Trump. Many suggest that the reason Donald Trump won in 2016 is because he wasn’t Hillary Clinton. Many voters despise the other side’s leaders more than they like their own. Wouldn’t it be great if we had politicians who could actually inspire us? Who didn’t have to tear down the other side to lift themselves up? It would be refreshing if our political candidates spent more time telling us why we should vote for them, rather than what would happen if we vote for the other candidate. If we could vote for someone, rather than against their opponent? Unfortunately, it appears this so-called “negative partisanship” is likely to remain part of politics in America for a long time to come.

Scott Robert Shaw serves as WIZM Program Director and News Director, and delivers the morning news on WKTY, Z-93 and 95.7 The Rock. Scott has been at Mid-West Family La Crosse since 1989, and authors Wisconsin's only daily radio editorial, "As I See It" heard on WIZM each weekday morning and afternoon.

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