From: David Boone
Well fellow babies, the “silly season” bears down on us once again. I’m talking — pardon the expression — politics. From now until November we will be treated to millions of dollars worth of messages, most of it negative, from well-meaning and well-coiffed candidates, who will try to convince us they actually have some solutions.
They will be aided in this mission by an army of consultants whose jobs are to make us think their guy or gal can walk on water. Since voters seem to care more about appearance and WWF-style smackdowns, the message can be expected to be more about the crease in the candidate’s pants and the evidence that the opponent is in league with the devil than about substantive issues.
Ever wonder why politics gets so negative? The consultants know from their polls and test panels that it works. With issues like the highest number of underemployed workers in 36 years, and a crisis in health care, we as voters cannot afford to make superficial judgments about who we choose to send to Congress. H. L. Mencken said “The men the American people admire most extravagantly are the greatest liars; the men they detest most violently are those who try to tell them the truth.”
As voters we need to start getting this right. Do your homework. Engage your mind before coloring in the circles.