LETTER: 'Me too' in politics

I am sure that many of you remember at some point in your childhood the trivial game of, "Me too!" It happened on the play
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010

I am sure that many of you remember at some point in your childhood the trivial game of, "Me too!" It happened on the playground, and it happened in the classroom, and it happened in gym class. In order to impress your school friends, it was necessary to do a "me too," because otherwise, you just might not look like the kid everyone should hang out with. The game was carried into adulthood, and became known as, "Keeping up with the Joneses."

And one day, the game was taken up by our leaders, for the entire country to see. And it wasn't trivial any more. It occurred during an exchange in the first debate, a heartwarming story was told where a mother gave a Presidential candidate a bracelet with her son's name who was killed in the War on Terror, and she asked, "Promise me one thing, that you'll do everything in your power to make sure that my son's death was not in vain." And that promise was taken to heart. But in the background, one could hear,"me too!"

It was the voice of the other candidate saying, "Let me just make a point. I've got a bracelet, too." At that point, it was clear what candidate genuinely felt the pain, and the suffering, and the sorrow of our families on Main Street. It was painfully clear what candidate felt the need to play childhood games in order to get a nod of approval from the moderator, assuring him he really was in touch with the families of Main Street. Senator John McCain is ready to lead, and Senator Barack Obama is ready to play follow the leader.

Chris Ventura

Marblehead