Monday, November 5, 2012

Mud Slingers, Go Away!

by Kate Collins

Boy, am I sick of political mud-slinging. I’m in the Chicago TV viewing area, so even though I live in Indiana, I get all of Chicago’s, and Illinois’, political advertisements. And are they nasty! They really go for the throat. And then there’s a backlash from the opposing party to sling mud in the other direction.

Maybe I’m old-fashioned, but I prefer ads touting a politician’s good works. When I hear negative ads about one candidate, I actually think negatively about his or her opponent, and I’m pretty certain that’s not the intended outcome. But I really want to shout, “It’s making you look really petty and mean-spirited, buddy, and there’s no way I’d vote for you now!”

I’ll be so glad when the elections are over.  I’ve heard that in the UK, the candidates are announced six weeks before the election. So before you know it, it’s over!

I’ve heard rough estimates on the millions of dollars spent on political campaigns and TV ads, and I keep thinking that if all that moola was spent on something worthwhile, say, the homeless, the veterans, or senior citizens’ health care, how much better off this country would be. But will the outpouring of money stop? Ha.

Are you with me? And are you sick of the political ads on Facebook, too?