Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Stop the Madness!

I'm sure there are plenty of folks out there who are fed up with all the political ads on television.  I am beyond fed up.  I cannot so much as tolerate them any more.  When one of those ads comes on I immediately turn the channel and, if there's one on that channel, I turn it again.  These ads are out of control and I find them insulting.

I absolutely refuse to vote for anyone who runs an ad that contains any negative comment about another candidate even if that means writing in a name.  I am perfectly capable of reading and interpreting candidate information for myself.  I do not need, nor do I want, another candidate to interpret the facts, gossip, rumors or opinions for me and I am sick and tired of this insult to voter intelligence.  Let's just call it what it is: Manipulation. These people do not respect the voting public.  They are not concerned about any problems that need to be addressed in our state.  They are only concerned with getting elected.

When I see and hear those negative ads I think:
  • the candidate who is slinging the mud is not trustworthy---why are they trying to take the focus off of themselves and put it on someone else?  
  • this is a person who cares ONLY about getting elected
  • this is not an honest, open person of integrity
  • this person will probably not accept responsibility but pass the buck...
What I am looking for is the candidate who:
  • focuses on his/her own viewpoints
  • tells us what he/she would like to see done to make our state even better  
  • shows that they are passionate about our state, it's issues and the people
  • makes it obvious that he/she is compassionate about helping those in need
  • has confidence related to his/her dedication to our state, our government, and in the endeavor to improve both 
  • tells their own story
  • says NO to his/her campaign manager by refusing to give negative interpretations of another candidate's story  
And please, please would they just stop using their religion as a tool for election.  Here in SC most (and by most I mean ALL) of our candidates stand on the Christian religion (which is why I am singling it out) yet, they run negative campaigns.  How is that Christian?  Seriously.  (How is that being a good steward of whatever your religion is?).  And how is manipulation of the voting public representative of being a Christian?  Do I have the wrong understanding of what it is to be a Christian?  Or are they clouding that concept for the voting public as well?  They claim to stand on family values.  Really?  So one of the values you teach your children is to do or say anything at all in order to win?  Even if it's not true or hurts someone else?  The most important thing is that you win? Really?  And you want your kids to strive to be hypocrites and gossips?  And to misrepresent the truth? Wow.  How sad is that?  How very sad indeed.

I am going to vote today.  But I am not voting for either of the two front runners for governor.  I'm not voting for anyone who said anything negative on television about their opponent(s).  I have a list and that list is SHORT.  The rest of my votes will be write-ins.     


  1. Oh a Virgina bird.. A baseball team and a beautiful Ruby Cardinal.
    My ruby Tuesday link for you

  2. Wow....you took the words right out of my mouth. You would think these politicians would get it!!! The American people are fed up with the mud slinging! BTW Love your little red visitor!

  3. I love cardinals...we have colorful birds but nothing so red as this.

  4. Ditto on the rant! Love the bird! And thanks for following. ;)

  5. I totally agree with the Campaign ads part! Thank goodness today is the last day for that! LOVE the photo!!! Beautiful Cardinal!

  6. Oh boy do I hear you on the venting!
    The cardinal is beautiful. To bad we can't vote for him.

  7. Amen, Sistah!

    Beautiful red visitor.

  8. Sounds like a great plan. Top of the list plan.

    Love the cardinal. I feed lots of birds year around but only once in a great while will get one of them. Thanks for sharing.

    Take care and have a blessed afternoon.

  9. Ha! Yes! A vote for the cardinal, what a great idea....HE's not running negative ads! LOL Thanks so much for taking the time to comment--they are greatly appreciated!

  10. The ads are too much. Nothing, I am afraid, will replace rational and polite discourse but the ads. Many cannot seem to learn about the issues and vote on our research. The worst part of the crass process is that the negative ads are trying to sway a very narrow slice of the voting population...

    I love cardinals, and he is a beauty!

  11. I love cardinals and just like in many others species, the men get all the pretty.

  12. You would be hard pressed to find someone to vote for, don't they all have those horrible ads?
    My husband decided to vote for anyone who wasn't already in that position. New blood since the old ones don't seem to work!
    Anyway that pictures is awesome.

  13. What a pretty picture! Cardinals are so beautiful...you did a great job with your photo!

  14. Great post and its making my day!


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