What I do feel passionate about is all the smear campaigns we are subjected to on TV. The idea that we are getting any information out of any of these ads is ludicrous. Every ad for every candidate and every initiative just cancels the other out with their exaggerated claims. Not only that, but they are often lies or truths taken out of context.
What I'm more passionate about, is what we are teaching our children through these smear campaigns. My daughters, at 13 and 15 years old, laugh at these political commercials. To them these commercials are little more than middle school squabbling by grown ups. My oldest daughter is even using these smear campaigns to create a report on how propaganda creates media frenzy in real life compared with the propaganda frenzy in the book "1984."
So without mentioning candidates, because I don't want to become an endorser or unendorser for either candidate, here's what my children come up with; this is what they really hear:
"Candidate one steps on children, doesn't eat birthday cake and slaps old ladies!"
"Candidate two wears socks to bed, has fleas and doesn't like children!"
"Candidate one farts in bed and holds her husband's head under the covers!"
"Candidate two pouts like a baby and dribbles when he eats soup!"
"Initiative one will wipe out all the women and children and will implode our heads if we vote for it!"
"Initiative two will help us poop butterflies and the world will smile upon them!"
Okay, you get the picture. It's actually become quite a bonding experience for me and my girls to think up crazy things as new ads show. But what are we teaching our children? What possible result do the ads have if we can't believe them anyway? I do hope people don't vote as a result of the ads they see. I have been trying very hard to find legitimate news sources to help me sort through the candidates and initiatives.
Sometimes I think it doesn't matter who we vote in anyway. I think once someone holds an office, some Harry Potter-phenomenon happens and their brains are sucked out and replaced with a gelatinous mass.
Meantime, I will continue to slog through my ballot. I will watch the commercials because they say it's good to laugh every day and it's been such a great bonding experience with my children. I will vote for the candidate who will give stay-at-home moms a raise and I will attempt to poop butterflies and maybe even some roses too.