Al Stone lecture series covers candidates and ‘electability’

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Wednesday, October 12th, 2016 at 6:09 PM

“Who do you trust?”

Early Thursday morning in the basement of Diebold Preforming Arts Center, this was the question being asked by Greg Lessig during the ongoing Al Stone Lecture Series at Edinboro University.

Slightly deterred by the scary, metal door and difficulty finding the classroom, the laughter and smell of coffee was a pleasant surprise when the talk began.

“Electability” was the topic for the week’s discussion. As the presidential election approaches, this is what everyone is wondering about the candidates; Are they electable? Is this person fit to be chosen to lead the country?

To begin looking at a candidate, Lessig said to apply “MOP.” First, look at the candidate’s money. How much money do they have, where did it come from and how does he or she spend it? O is for organization. This is a very important aspect of all elections. The ways that a candidate can organize a campaign to reach goals and how the candidate connects to and organizes voters says a lot about how the candidate will be able to work as president. Lastly, and most important of the three, said Lessig, is perseverance. Will the chosen candidate push to achieve great things and not let obstacles get in the way?

These are not the only things voters should look at when deciding who will be chosen on their ballot. Trump has money, he has organization and he has perseverance. So does Clinton. The voter needs to ask other questions, as well.

“What is the temperament of the candidate like?” Temperament is a combination of mental, physical and emotional attributes. Perception of the candidate and his or her temperament is important to voters.

“Who has the attention span to be president?”

Lessig’s question was greeted with warm chuckles from the crowd. Debates are a way for voters to see the true temperament of a candidate, live and on screen. During debates, Trump uses insults, aggressive speech and body language. None of these incite respect in a candidate, according to Lessig. “Do you stand with some one who mocks?” Lessig asked the crowd. Or do you stand with someone who tries to earn respect. 

Who do you trust?” Lessig asked. “Who has empathy?” When thinking of the electability of a candidate, who does the voter feel will get what needs to happen done within reason?

As Lessig’s lecture neared an hour, it was more a discussion of politics than a speech. Lessig asked the crowd, who they trust with, at least, the next four years of their lives. The room Lessig spoke to was full of senior citizens. It appears that there is no one under 65, yet they are active participants in the conversation.

After the lecture, listeners left with new questions to think about as the second presidential debate approached and election day drew nearer. When citizens go to the polls in November, they need to think about who they want as their president, which candidate is the most trustworthy, and which will do what the voter needs. A vote is personal and not about the beliefs of others, Lessig explained.

This is important to keep in mind as the election is less than a month away. With two such untraditional candidates, it can be difficult to take a step back, not be distracted by the media, and decide who should be the next president.

Lessig’s lecture and questions looked to make it easier to approach that decision. 

Hannah McDonald is the Copy Editor for The Spectator. She can be reached at edinboro.spectator@gmail.com. 

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