Since the turn of the twentieth century and the age of the Industrial Revolution most every political campaign has consisted to some degree to contain a smear objective. To capitalize by way of exposing your opponents flaws and inconsistencies in a sort of self-promotion of moral standards.
These days it is so out of hand it is appalling. Twist the truth to fit your objective no matter the consequences to your running mates, their careers or their families. Here is a humorous idea; as a politician, tell me what you can do for me if elected, not what your opponent has not done or done wrong. After all, isn’t that what it is suppose to be about, what the person elected to office is capable of? If your only qualifications for successfully securing votes is your opponents short-comings, well, that says little of your qualifications except perhaps that you are conniving, desperate, and will go to any measure, except honesty and hard work, to secure a position in the White House.
“Well, he said this, and she said that and I must respond.” A “get even” attitude has no place in American politics, except perhaps in wartime decisions and even then it better be a darn good reason. Remember the childhood lesson on sticks and stones? Political campaign managers are really the bottom of the barrel these days.
When considering GOP operatives such as Nick Ayers, the youngest campaign manager to be assigned to a political campaign at the age of 28, when I consider life’s inexperience the young aspiring campaign manager brings to the table it is no wonder the smear campaign’s are so appealing to this young mind. He knows no other way. “Smear” is what he grew up with and what he learned throughout his short life. Ayers admits while growing up his political idol was and still is former President Bill Clinton perhaps the single most smeared name in Washington.
Left and right, republican and democrat constituents are polar opposite, we get that. These days, a refreshing difference would be truth and honesty, does it exist in Washington? Anywhere? Election day is upon us and once again we are faced with choosing the lesser of two evils, which for everyone we must decide individually what that means for us and live with our decision.
The cable television stations have been inundated with smear commercials and within days of the final results we will be gifted with a much deserved reprieve from the ache in our ears and the pains in our neck – television will return to normal.
However, for months following the election the papers, news, and radio talk shows will be analyzing and scrutinizing every move the elected official makes, then second guessing the country’s decision regarding the appointment of our fearless leader. And of course, if the elected official makes a mistake, not one person will admit to voting him in office.
Although Presidential elections are held every four years, we will not have to wait that long before we are hammered with local city mayoral elections.
I wonder what the candidates would do if not a single person showed up at the poles? I’m sure there would still be the smear campaigns, the millions of dollars (mis)spent on campaigns, and by default, one of the candidates would still “win”. But wouldn’t that be one hell of a societal statement?
America is in need of reform. She requires a government that thrives on the very things our country and constitution has been formed from. Our government needs a good old swift kick in the pants. What is democracy if it is based on lies, deception and an ever increasing cesspool of political debauchery driving her further into debt with every passing moment. America needs a backbone.
Well, shortly I’ll be off to the polls to vote for the candidate less likely to harm my beloved America, land of the capitalist and home of the opportunist!
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