I am very thankful that election day is only a few days away. In the past few weeks, the annoying advertisements for prescription medications have been replaced by annoying political advertisements. Very few advertisements tout just the position of a candidate or proposition. A large number of the advertisements supporting a particular candidate are directed at the opposing candidate. There are allegations galore of why the opposing candidate is the wrong person for the elected position.
I was watching the news this evening and the station had reporters asking likely voters who would get their vote. I was amazed at the response by one gentleman. He quoted, verbatim, a moniker the Republican candidate labeled the Democratic candidate in his attack ads. The Republican had labeled the Democrat as “Dr. Tax.” This likely voter proudly declared that there was no way he was voting for “Dr. Tax.”
When I heard the interview, I just shook my head in disgust. As far as I’m concerned, the ads from both the Democrat and the Republican in this particular race are way out of line. Unfortunately, the ads apparently do get traction with people, which is why they are done.
An idea occurred to me this evening. I think the majority of the citizens of this country are swayed by what they watch on TV and they apparently cannot separate truth from fiction in what they see. President Trump was on a TV show called The Apprentice and, apparently, a lot of people watched. I never did. A good portion of what the citizens of the United States believe to be true comes from what they watch on TV. It’s no wonder that we, as a country, are so screwed up.