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Whatever Happened To Old Fashioned Campaigning?


-As an avid observer of
political campaigns I am
appalled at the emphasis
placed on fearmongering
this election. Instead of
electing the best candidate
we are told on television
and in print literature to
not vote for a specific
candidate because he or
she might be a socialist or
a racist. Whatever hap-
pened to the old-fashioned
political campaign where
we touted the candidate’s
experience, family and
personality traits? I for one
miss those days. I want to
look at a candidate’s quali-
fications, and determine
through research, who I
feel will serve me best. I
hope you feel that way too.
-As of this writing I
have no idea whether the
Democrats, as predicted,
take back the House. I do
know, however that Re-
publicans missed a golden
opportunity to again, to
talk about the positive. All
indicators say we are expe-
riencing a robust economy,
with unemployment at
a 50-year low and GNP
skyrocketing. It would
have been smart, in my
opinion for Republicans to
take credit and base their
campaigning around the
economy versus attempt-
ing to scare people to vote
Republican because they
will boisterously defend our southern border.
-There has to be a pen-
alty for personal attacks.
The attack ads on televi-
sion, depict candidates
so negatively, that many
of us pull the lever for a
lesser known third option.
Democrats are labeled
socialists or communists,
when in fact, they are only
slightly left of center; and
Republicans are labeled
racist or white suprema-
cists when they are only
marginally right of center.
And once elected, candi-
dates who might expouse
radical ideas during their
campaigns, never ever
see those ideas enacted,
because again all elected
officials tout the middle
ground- they don’t want to
be seen as radical in any
-Campaign finance laws
must be revised to not
allow the George Soros’
or Koch brothers of the
world to be able to influ

ence votes. We all cringe
when we here Russians are
influencing voters, but say
nary a word when Soros
or Koch spend tens of mil-
lions to get their candidates
-I will be so happy
to be able to turn on the
television this weekend
and watch a football game
or network series and not
have my screen obliterated
with political commercials.
It’s outrageous to see a
campaign for one candi-
date, and then immediately
following a political ad
for their opponent. To me
that’s a waste of money,
but again the sheer number
of political ads, indicate
that most candidates have
no problem raising cash.
Day after day, hour after
hour, it is mind numbing to
see so many political TV
-I will also be happy to
see the political signs that
dot our street corners and
rural landscape disappear.
For some reason candi-
dates see the need to place
more signs than their oppo-
nent as if the person with
the most signs will win.
We all know that is pure
poppycock, but it makes
more some very unsightly
street corners. And a word
of warning to those candi-
dates that don’t immedi-
ately get out and pick up
their signs- WE WILL BE
WATCHING. Pick’em up
or you will be reported.