We’re number one!

fingerWith college basketball season still on the horizon, none of North Carolina’s major sports teams can loft their pointer fingers and shout “We’re Number One!” — so politics have come to the rescue: a recent report by the Center For Public Integrity declared North Carolina to be “the great state of political hate,” ranked number one in the number of negative ads in a single political campaign. The senate race between Democrat Kay Hagan and Republican Thom Tillis generated 10,800 televised ads during the week of October 14-20, according to the report, with only 24 of them carrying a positive message. That’s more than one negative ad per minute, and a large percentage of them are distorted exaggerations that sometimes cross the line into downright lies. That may not be a crime, but it’s atrocious nonetheless, a sad commentary on the state of our state and the nature of contemporary politics. Ethics and statesmanship are relics of a bygone age. Campains no longer lionize their own candidates, but demonize their opponents. It’s no wonder we’ve become so polarized that animosity rules and stubborn gridlock is the order of the day. I want to hear positive reasons why any given candidate deserves my vote, not a slew of defaming claims that the opponent deserves the boot. The only good thing about this story is that I had to read it in the paper: I watch so little commercial TV these days that the spite-filled campaign ads rarely rile me up. Maybe I should unplug the phone, too …

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  1. I’m always amused by most of the women candidates—admitting, of course, their superior intelligence—who never fail to start ads and speeches with “I’m a mother.” Even better is being a grandmother; better still, a single mother; even better still an African-American or Latino single mother. I keep waiting for the men to catch on and start the same line for fatherhood of any degree, flavor and circumstance but they’re more given to describing their disadvantaged youth. The fact that all this stuff is so artificial registers with most voters, who believe virtually nothing any candidate says is factual. Debates are not actual debates, just dog-and-pony shows, though I spend the time I think reasonable…sometimes just minutes…watching, if only to catalog the lies. Folks in heavily democrat Kentucky vote republican for federal offices and democrat in the courthouses, where being a republican is a disease to be avoided and patronage thereby denied. I expect Hillary to start off with “I’m a grandmother who insists—[like the other day on the trail]—that corporations don’t create jobs.” In other words, everyone should work for HER government. Egad…but she’s so poor…by her own admission!

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