Jane, You Ignorant Slut

via CNN:  The initial lineup of Who Wants to be President 2016?

via CNN: The initial lineup of Who Wants to be President 2016?

Not that long ago, the mud-slinging was prevalent only during the last months of national public campaigning in mass media.  Now it starts as soon as someone announces they’re running for office — any political office.  No one is immune: Board of Education, town council, mayor, governor, senator and president.

Issues that matter to the voting public are irrelevant.  Name calling is the strategy used to distract the voters.  Campaigns are run as popularity contests.  It’s Facebook likes.  It’s recess time in grammar school, when bullies go unsupervised by adults.

A few governor’s races ago, on my way in with my dog to vote, a fellow resident asked if Sneakers would be voting.  No.  He would be abstaining.  Both candidates focused all their energies on finger-pointing and name calling.  Not one said what they would do for the citizens, address our issues.  Disgraceful.  The other voters rapidly nodded their heads up and down.  By election day, no one liked either candidate.

We recently observed George’s birthday — Washington, that is.  While he had been quite the rebel in his day hiding from the British (who put a price on his head) and British sympathizers with the aid of countless unknown conspirators in our quest for independence, launching surprise attacks, cavorting all over the mid-Atlantic and making whiskey, I somehow believe he never would have said “Jane, you ignorant slut” while running his presidential campaigns.  I am surprised, however, that currently no one running a political campaign hasn’t said it.

Politics has denigrated into one long Saturday Night Live skit.  Perhaps all the politicians are merely auditioning to become one of the Not Ready for Prime Time Players.

Live From America: It’s Election Time!

Because seriously, are these the people we really want representing us to foreign leaders?

Cheeseburger!  Cheeseburger!  Pepsi, no coke.

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