Sunday, October 31, 2010

Let's Start With a Rant

November...there are things to love about it and things to hate about it. One thing I hate is all of the political rhetoric before the elections. One thing I love is that we only have to suffer for two more days!

It seems like the campaigning begins earlier every election season. Maybe it starts at the same time it always has but with the communication capabilities we have today the politicians wisely use them all to reach out to as many people as possible. Speaking as a voter, it is exhausting and confusing. At this point in the process I am counting the minutes, hours and days until we get some relief.

I noticed that when a candidate puts their hat in the ring early on they start by talking about their own successes and qualifications, as soon as a viable opponent gets into the race it starts to turn very ugly. The constant half truths, quotes taken out of context, misinterpretations and deliberate attempts to mislead the voters is downright disgraceful! I recently watched a debate between Patty Murray and Dino Rossi and it was unbelievable how many questions did not get answered but there sure was a lot of talking going on. Their debate was not any different than other debates in recent years.

Candidates and their supporters use scare tactics in their ads to push the hot buttons and hopefully capture the voters who don't dig deep enough to read between the lines. This whole Slam Dancing is getting tiresome, we want some truthful answers, not worse case scenarios with speculative answers that have no basis in fact.

So Lord, help me make it through the next two days! My phone is tired of not being answered because thank you God, I have caller ID. My television is about to blow up from all of the negative ads and heaven help the poster wavers in the streets, don't get to close to the traffic. We can read your damn signs from the sidewalk. Maybe we can be lucky enough to select the lesser of two evils in any given race. Most of all, regardless of the campaigns and the mud slinging nastiness, it is great to be able to have a choice in who governs our country. It's not perfect by any means but I am still glad to be an American.

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