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Armed and Ready for Ballot!!

November 1, 2010 - Steve Schulwitz
With less than 24 hours to go before I cast my vote, I consider myself more prepared than in any previous election. Typically I garner my information the same way as most others. I was forced to draw my conclusion from the slanderous television commercials, nagging phone calls and controlled debates. In other words, I was completely in the dark about how qualified they really were or what their pedigree may be. This year however I have been privileged enough to interview and interact with several of the government hopefuls. I questioned candidates involved in the US Senate, Michigan House, Michigan Governor, Attorney General and local commissioner races. It was awesome. I consider myself quite current on issues on the federal, state and local levels so naturally I couldn't wait to hear their thoughts and "solutions" to some of problems we face. The thing I was most thrilled about was the chance to study their body language while they were responding to difficult questions. This is where I feel I gained the most knowledge about the candidates and their platforms. They were all well-spoken and confident in their beliefs and goals. They also were very good at giving the "vanilla" answer or revert back to a topic they were more comfortable with when they wanted to be vague. In some cases their demeanor betrayed them however. Their actions often revealed what I determined to be a lack of confidence or knowledge about a controversial topic. Some looked you directly in the eyes when they spoke, others didn't. Some were fidgety and stuttered, others were calm cool and collect. It was the combination of their oral answers and their physical actions that helped pave the way to determining who's box I'm going to check on the ballot Tuesday. I wish everyone could have the the same opportunity I had. I believe it would go a long way toward making it easier for people to sift through the riff-raff and propaganda and draw a more educated conclusion. I'm sure not all of the candidates I vote for will be elected, but I will sleep better knowing that I made my determination based on better information then is available from ads, fliers and an automated campaign representative.


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