There is a great article on Real Clear Politics by a Washington Post contributor Robert Samuelson that sums up my feelings about the slop we’ve been given to vote for in the last several general elections.

Obama and McCain are in a room together, arguing about the color of the drapes, all the while ignoring the 800-pound gorilla in the corner, playing the accordion and doing a dead-on Elvis impersonation.

Samuelson’s piece is titled “The Sounds of Silence” and talks about the impending shift in both age and immigration in the United States, as well as the sound of crickets that comes from both campaigns on these issues.

What do John McCain and Barack Obama say about these looming problems? Well, not much. Of course, they’re against poverty and fiscal irresponsibility. They oppose illegal immigration and favor “reform.” But beyond these platitudes, they’re mostly mute. It’s not that the problems are secret. Dozens of reports have warned of population aging, which affects most wealthy societies. Global aging is “a demographic shift with no parallel in the history of humanity,” argue Richard Jackson and Neil Howe in their recent “The Graying of the Great Powers.”

Of course these are issues that are incredibly difficult for either candidate to address without ticking someone off and costing themselves votes. But let’s be candid here, these are critical issues that the next President must begin to address, or we face a cloudy future.

Give me candidate that will take on the tough issues, stand up for what they believe in and for Pete’s sake make my heart go aflutter when I get to pull the lever for them.

But no flutter for me. Not in this cycle. Not in the last several cycles.

“The Sounds if Silence” is a apropos for this piece and this issue, because if the candidates don’t have a plan, the line “hello darkness my old friend”, could take on a meaning none of us would like to think about.

Happy Wednesday!