Whatever Happened To Old Fashioned Campaigning?

November 8, 2018

-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 happened 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 qualifications, and determine through research, who I feel will serve me best. I hope you feel that way too.

Mike Wilcox Mike's Musings Columnist

Mike Wilcox
Mike’s Musings Columnist

-As of this writing I have no idea whether the Democrats, as predicted, take back the House. I do know, however that Republicans missed a golden opportunity to again, to talk about the positive. All indicators say we are experiencing 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 attempting to scare people to vote Republican because they will boisterously defend our southern border.

-There has to be a penalty for personal attacks. The attack ads on television, 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 supremacists when they are only marginally right of center. And once elected, candidates 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 way.

-Campaign finance laws must be revised to not allow the George Soros’ or Koch brothers of the world to be able to influence votes. We all cringe when we here Russians are influencing voters, but say nary a word when Soros or Koch spend tens of millions to get their candidates elected.

-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 candidate, 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 commercials.

-I will also be happy to see the political signs that dot our street corners and rural landscape disappear. For some reason candidates see the need to place more signs than their opponent as if the person with the most signs will win. We all know that is pure poppycock, but it makes for some very unsightly street corners. And a word of warning to those candidates that don’t immediately get out and pick up their signs- WE WILL BE WATCHING. Pick’em up or you will be reported.

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