As I understand it, it’s your job in a democracy to inform the electorate. I would like some information on the following:
1. Foreign Policy: Frankly, I don’t give much of a shit about Romney’s gaffs in London. I do care, however, what our candidate’s stance is on interventionism. Thus far I have heard different odd, entries from both candidates. When you talk to them, could you ask them how they feel about getting ‘involved abroad?’ If they give you a bullshit answer, please ask them again until you get a real answer. I don’t need specifics, but I would like to know what types of situations would constitute deploying Soldiers and where and why we would become diplomatically involved, especially in terms of money/aid etc. I’m a Soldier, I would really like an answer on this.
2. Domestic Fiscal Policy: Got it, republicans believe in the free market and democrats are Keynesian. Please, ask some questions to get beyond that broad issue. Ask questions about how their policies might apply to the real world. Again, if you get some talking points back, go ahead and ask a more pointed question. It’s your job. As a tax payer and citizen this stuff is important.
3. Freedom: It would be interesting to me as a voter to know how much the candidates think the government should get involved with our daily lives. I’d like to know, more specifically, what their interpretation is for governing toward the common good. This topic is somewhat related to number 2, but if you would, ask a little more directly about federal laws and how they relate to state laws and furthermore how they relate to freedom. I hope you can avoid flag waving answers here about the freedom we enjoy blah, blah. I really want to know how easy it will be for the police to arrest me or the government to tax me in the next 20 or so years. I’m a citizen and a father, it’s important. Also, it’s your job.
I guess I realize that if I search hard enough I can probably find these answers or at least draw some substantial conclusions based on their political actions thus far. I’m pretty busy though, I think I mentioned before that I’m a Soldier (we are still at war.)
It would be great if you could just pin the candidates down to answers, don’t let them smile and talk passed the subject. Keep asking, keep pushing. You might not be invited back for a second interview, but know you are serving us. It’s your job.