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Politics: a nasty business

The advertising presented by political action committees in this week’s primary election was disturbing to me. Disclaimer: this radio station aired many of those spots.
One candidate came to the station claiming his opponent’s spot contained an outright “lie”, and put more spots on the air to counter his opponent’s.
I think voters take it for granted: any campaign advertising will contain distortions, half-truths, and lies. After a candidate has endured this ugliness, how can we expect him or her to treat other politicians – especially opponents – with any respect whatever?
Human being hold grudges.
I’ll bet there many citizens who watch today’s political game and decide their civic duty cannot include such undignified, trashy behavior. There may be an intelligent, charismatic, experienced, honest, hard-working person out there with great courage and great new ideas who may never run for office because of the outlandish political process.
The sad part is, there seems to be no desire to improve that process.
Our thought for today is from Larry Hardiman:
“The word ‘politics’ is derived from the word ‘poly’, meaning ‘many’ and the word ‘ticks’, meaning ‘blood sucking parasites’.”

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08/09/2012 12:52AM
Politics: a nasty business
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