DEATH BY NEGATIVE ADS AND STATISTICSDuring this past week or so, I have been deluged by ads (mainly on TV) which insult the opponent du jour. Sometimes, I find these 30 second spots just keep on repeating the same (sometimes, trivial facts or lies?) over and over again so much so, I can't remember whose wife is a thesbian. It is not only the ad which is brief, it keeps on repeating the same insults. There is no time for any substantive information. This all cost an insane $4B -- with a "B."As far as the media go, to them it's treated as a bookie who handicaps and athletic event. With little discussion on the many important issues, they constantly predict (rightly or wrongly) the winner or "too close to call." Of course, it changes on a daily basis and only one poll counts -- after the votes are counted.As we elect the winners by predilection or intuition. And, look at what we get.The ones who get the most money to spawn as many beyond superficial and silly ads as possible.Yes, many in our electorate know nothing and will never know anything -- even basic civics. But, this past weekend I felt as though our democracy? has so deteriorated into a barrage of 10 second sniper attacks by whom ever is backing the giving candidate and hanging around a betting parlor attempting to find out who's going to win. lose or have a runoff. I felt personally insulted.Sad.
Brown shirts of capitalism marching forward in lockstep, convinced in the righteousness of their cause in seeking "profit" over all else. Spurred on by a government that has become your bookie and your dealer and soon will be your pimp...all in the name of "revenue" to fund the oligarchy.Preying on the weakness of others for profit. Shame.