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We do have choices | Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

No one I’ve ever spoken with nor have I ever heard anyone, anywhere say, “I really like these political attack ads!”  In fact, while they run them, frequently pay for them and endorse them, even the politicians will tell you they don’t like using them. This is where the third party, independent Super-PACs, enter the picture as freelancing assassins, choosing their favorite son or daughter, while attempting to take out the opponent.

So the simple argument made by campaigns is this: If it works and it distracts voters, then it’s beyond their control to resist doing what works. Somehow in their logic that makes it okay to pursue these dark ads.

I don’t know about you, but I’m already sick of them and we’ve only just begun. The mailbox and television stations are full of this junk and it needs to be addressed. The scorch and burn approach in politics will continue to be common practice in general society, if we don’t say enough is enough.

Consider a bad act or misstep by a child that suddenly is turned into a mean text or video. We call that bullying and we’ve seen far too many suicides and school shootings that stem from mean spirited attacks or retribution for bullying. Children learn from adults and they learn from airwaves full of mean spirited attacks.

Just because this type of advertising works doesn’t make it right. When you consider the purpose of these ads is to determine the most qualified candidate to represent the very best of our community, does it make sense to tear these people to shreds? It’s not dignified when considering the offices they seek and the trust they ask us to place in them.

The simple fact is, we see far too much deception and double talk, not only from the candidates but from those who seek to place them in office. It’s clear these people will stop at nothing to win the prize and yet these are the people who will control our future and that of our children. What takes place in the campaigns we now see in the halls of government.

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