Voters should comparison shop, return 'defective products' in upcoming elections

Posted: Jun. 18, 2011 11:25 pm Updated: Oct. 15, 2014 10:35 am


To The Herald-Whig:

If we go to a local retailer for a significant purchase, we typically do some comparison shopping. We spend some time looking at features, price, quality, etc. Once we make our choice and spend our money, we contentedly head home to open the box and perhaps start using our newly purchased item.

If we get home and find out that what is in the box is not what were told, or if the product itself was damaged or broken, we would immediately take it back for a refund. If the product does not do what was claimed, we would demand our money back.

There are many similarities between this scenario and our elections for public office. Sadly, we don't spend near the amount of time nor effort evaluating candidates, and instead, we may not even vote because we're so frustrated and disenfranchised. In effect, we have become resigned to just put up with the defective product, or the purchase that wasn't what was sold. We have accepted corruption, lies and misrepresentation as the norm for many of our leaders, and we have stopped "taking it back to where we bought it."

Let's consider this as we look ahead to the next elections. Do some comparison shopping, and examine the fine print about what it is we're getting for our vote.

If we made a mistake in the election of 2008, or if we were led to believe something that hasn't delivered on the promises, let's take it back and return it.


Daniel P. Musholt