With local elections coming up this week, the airwaves are filled with ads from political candidates trying to win voters. Because we travel in a motorhome, we get both east and west coast network television feeds by satellite, which means we get to watch political ads from both New York/New Jersey and California. That’s kind of like being hung twice for the same crime.
If the ads didn’t tell me which state the candidates are battling in, I’d never be able to tell the difference, because they’re all the same. Bulls#*@ is bulls#*@, whether it comes with a New York accent or in a laid back California voice.
Have you noticed that political candidates never bother to tell us why they are the best man or woman for the job and why they deserve our vote? It’s because they don’t have the time, because they are too busy telling us how bad the other guy is instead.
It’s an old technique, tried and true. Do you remember when you were a kid and did something wrong, and you knew your sister or brother was going to tell your parents? What did you do? Did you come up with what you hoped was a reasonable explanation for your transgression? Did you deny it and risk two spankings instead of one? Or, like a lot of us, did you launch a preemptive strike by squealing about something your sibling had done wrong first, hoping to divert attention away from your own sins?
According to ads on the New York stations from two candidates running against each other, both have failed to pay their income taxes, while wanting to raise taxes on voters. In another ad, a candidate is talking about how his opponent took bribes to issue lucrative contracts, and appointed people to high paying jobs who donated large sums of money to his campaign fund. The other guy in the race claims his opponent cannot account for large sums of public money that disappeared during his time in office. Ahhh… mudslinging at its best!
The ads that really irritate me are the ones where they didn’t do their homework well enough to even come up with a good lie. One series of ads claims the other guy is soft on criminals and refused to vote for legislation that would ban armor piercing rifles, thereby putting cops’ lives in danger.
Now, I’m all for keeping our police officers safe, but somebody really ought to tell these clowns that there is no such thing as an armor piercing rifle. There are armor piercing bullets, but the rifle is just the instrument for firing the cartridge that holds the bullet. I have to figure that if their candidate is too lazy to hire staff competent enough to do their research, he’s probably not going to do real good at choosing people to help him run the government if he’s elected.
Just once I’d like to see a candidate for office come out and say “I’m just a regular guy. I can’t promise I won’t ever make a mistake, or that I won’t say something stupid once in a while, and you probably won’t agree with every decision I make. But if you vote for me, I’ll do my best to be the kind of official you can be proud of, I’ll represent your interests to the best of my abilities, I’ll keep my fingers out of the cookie jar and out from under my secretary’s skirt. That’s about the best I can promise you.”
That guy would get my vote!
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