I’m Afraid Someone Will Win
THIS WILL BE MY ONLY POSTING ABOUT THE UPCOMING ELECTION. If I do this properly you will not be able to discern my personal political preferences. If I don’t do this properly I will either lose 50% of my readers or I will gain 50%.
After having listened to the candidates speak and watched 37 million ads on TV all I can say is, “Make it stop!”
Using what the self-appointed mavens in the media like to call “Negative Advertising” is not new. Calling your opponent nasty names has been around as long as there have been elections.
When Abraham Lincoln (Principal dancer with the “Dancing Abes”) was alive he was called every name in the book, and a few from the Men’s Room wall. His very membership in the Human species was questioned. Nasty things those 19th century elections.
Today, with the electronic mass media, and things like PhotoShop and the like, nobody running for office can walk away unscathed.
Personally, I don’t like all of this kind of campaigning, but that’s all there is out there it seems – all negative. I honestly don’t recall hearing or seeing any ads from anybody telling me what positive things they plan to do if elected. Everything is about how the other guy is a lying crook who kicks puppies and eats with his fingers.
The sad thing is that I’m sure most of these ads are true. Listening to, looking at, and (in some cases) talking with these candidates I have come to the conclusion that they are all as crooked as a dog’s hind leg. There have been a few, after shaking their hands; I felt the need to count my fingers.
There is a race for the U.S. Senate here in Indiana and the two major candidates are spending millions of dollars to spit at each other. There are accusations flying thick and fast. Fraud! Tax Evasion! Theft of Taxpayer Money! No subtle hinting or implication, they are jumping up and down and screaming their little leathery lungs out.
I think that they are both correct.
Whatever happened to the nation that our “Best and Brightest” rose to serve the People in public office? Now it feels like all of the candidates are striving to get elected so they can get their mitts on the key to the bank vault.
I have to go back decades to remember a time when I voted for someone with a sense that they were going to work for me and not just to work me over.
On the local level I have met a number of the men and women running for office and, I’ll be honest with you, I wouldn’t hire any of them for any job higher than Organ Donor – and even then I’d run a “Tox Screen” on them first.
I know that on Election Day I’ll haul my carcass down to the poll and hold my nose. I will probably vote for the least objectionable person, but I won’t be happy about it. It’s like having to decide which foot I want the rabid dog to bite.
Yep! Unfortunately, after reading your “message” this morning, this is exactly what I was thinking the past year, month, and week, as all the campaigning progressed. Never really changed my mind much in all this time. Thanks for confirming my intuitions, John.
“I know that on Election Day I’ll haul my carcass down to the poll and hold my nose. I will probably vote for the least objectionable person, but I won’t be happy about it. It’s like having to decide which foot I want the rabid dog to bite.”
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