Brace Yourself for the BS
by J. Andrew Zalucky
I think we could all use a little reminder of just how stupid political ads are. For my part, TV ads have never swayed me one way or the other and don’t see how they could be convincing to anyone else. I don’t watch much TV anymore and prefer to get my news and entertainment from the internet instead, so I’ve been lucky enough to not see too many ads. And since I do live in Connecticut, I’m not expecting to see too many Romney/Ryan ads anyway.
When discussing political ads, the question often comes up “Don’t they have anything positive to say? Why do they have to tear the other side down so much?” I asked myself this question many times, until one day I just gave up and became resigned to the fact that political ads are total bullshit. Political pundits know this better than anyone, as their revealing commentary shows how politicians don’t use ads to convince the politically active to support their policies- rather, they use them to scare the inactive and uninformed into hating the other candidate.
To be fair though, when you’re choice is between a sitting President who signed a law that violates the Bill of Rights, and a former Governor whose budget plan is nothing more than a populist farce– what good can you really say about either of them?
I guess the least we can do is try to laugh a little bit: