I have a love-hate relationship with politics. On one hand, I love when two parties with opposing views can put their differences aside long enough to reach a compromise that will benefit the people. That's what our government is all about - doing what's best for our country's citizens. On the other hand, I hate all the hoopla politicians throw into voters' faces to distract them from what's really going on. And right now, we're in the middle of hoopla season.
With the presidential election drawing closer each day, I see more and more political ads. And they're not just distracting you from your favorite shows on TV. They are everywhere. They pop out at you while you're trying to find a recipe for cheesecake online. They interrupt your favorite play list on Pandora. They even replace your favorite Sudoku in the newspaper. It would be one thing if every advertisement was easy to understand and truthful. But that's never the case.
With each new round of ads, I get another case of whiplash. "Look here! No look over here! This is your man for the presidency! No, THIS is the obvious choice! He's created a billion jobs! NO, he's LOST billion jobs! He understands business. No, he'll HURT your business!" You get the picture.
The messages are so contradictory I wonder where these politicians are getting their information. They obviously don't have the same sources or even the same notion of our country's condition. When I look at the numbers presented in some of these campaigns, I wonder, "Now who or what did they twist around to get that statistic?" It's ludicrous that politicians expect us to believe all this bologna. Each party is very good at spouting talking points but neither is so smooth when it comes to answering real questions.
As a voter and as a journalist, it can be pretty hard to find the truth these days. I'm ready to have the wool pulled from over my eyes and be dealt the truth, no matter how much that damages a politician's image. And no matter what your political persuasion, I think that's something we can all agree on.