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 them 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. Their 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 smack-downs, the message can be expected to be more about the crease in the candidate’s pants and evidence that the opponent is in league with the devil, rather than about substantive issues.
Ever wonder why politics get so negative? The consultants know from their polls and test panels that it works. With issues like the most underemployed workforce in 36 years and a crisis in healthcare, 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.
David Boone, Houston, Minn.