Saturday, November 04, 2006

Vote "Yes" to end political ads.

There's only three more days left until election day and candidates are busy getting as much support as they possibly can. These next three days could really be summed up as the candidates last pathetic attempts at winning.

The Sun-Sentinel reported on some of the ongoing "war of words" that are going on between Charlie Crist and Jim Davis. Of course taxes are a major issue, with Crist saying, "You want your taxes lower, vote for Charlie. Higher taxes, vote for Jim."

Very clever. Or not.

At the very least, by November 8 this will be over and everything will go back to normal.

And by normal, I mean watching as the election winners do randomly dumb things.


At 12:26 PM, Blogger Charlotte and Janet said...

Laura, I read about you on CNN, and I have enjoyed, really enjoyed looking at your blog. It's given me hope. You are a smart girl. Not just smart, intelligent. I think there's a difference. You question your world, analyze what you see, and state your opinions. I applaud what you are doing. I am 44 years old. The mother of two girls, 2 and 6, and I hope that they grow up with as much native intelligence, wit and initiative as you've got. I only have one criticism, and since I'm no one as far as your concerned, you can do with it what you will. Please work on your grammar (making your verbs agree with your subjects mostly) and your proof-reading skills. You are too smart to have your ideas watered down by sloppy presentation. And you certainly don't want to lose a chance because someone picked up on bad grammar. I'm sure your college professors have said as much (my mother at 74, is STILL a college professor of English, and she complains about these things with her students all the time). My point is this: you're to clever to let it go, or to let it get in your way. And one of these days it might. But we need people like you, so please don't let it. Again, congratulations.

At 12:27 PM, Blogger Charlotte and Janet said...

Even though these comments say "charlotte and janet," they are just from Charlotte. These are the names from our joint blog.

At 1:31 PM, Blogger Hale said...

In my state the two candidates for senator have actually run out of negative things to say about eachother. Not that this has stopped them from producing new negative ads though. They just started making things up. I have no idea how to chose between these idiots.

At 2:50 PM, Blogger jackie said...

You are going places if you keep that attitude. Just don't change. We need to get other young people fired up. I am sure you are doing your part.

It amazes me too that you are so insightful. Look at both sides of issues, not just CNN. I am a CNN junkie too, but I do switch to Fox News now and then. The bias makes me laugh. We need more of you out there.

At 3:56 PM, Blogger LateToTheGame said...

A lighthearted comment to Charlotte: When correcting someone else's grammar, try to use it yourself. "you're to clever to let it go...". I remember my English teacher telling me that in this case, "you're" should be capitalized as it forms a complete sentence after the colon. Also, the word "to" should be spelled "too". :)

At 4:35 PM, Blogger Bob said...

...and if the amount of the taxes isn't as important to you as exactly what the money is going toward accomplishing... then what's wrong with you? Where's your patriotic spirit? Cut and run! culture of corruption! Stay the course! Taxes! Soft on Security! Jack bloody Abramoff!!!

I really want this all to end. Can we just elect a monarchal family and live with whatever they decide, rather than having to listen to a bunch of election crap that makes no difference in the decisions they'll actually make in office? I see no major difference except that I won't have to wonder whether my vote matters. Props to newsweek for helping me find you, props to you for being prop-worthy. You now have EIGHT regular readers. :)

-Bobby D
Portland, OR

At 4:40 PM, Blogger Bob said...

I think I meant CNN. Newsweek does have a couple of great articles in their latest edition about the current Fundamental Right-Wing Conservative Christian Evangelical debacle, at any rate. (I don't feel like any of that title should have been capitalized.)

At 4:58 PM, Blogger bass_invader said...

I would have to agree to a call to end political advertising. There are horrendous cultural implications to using the same media we use to inform (read coerce) people about products to inform them about candidates - it reduces politics and participation in elections to a base commodity. Its also shrunk the attention span needed to participate in elections from months (finding out about candidates, reading the literature, checking voting records, etc) to 30 seconds (60 if they "really have something to say").

Further, from an artistic standpoint, these ads are just attrocious. You can't be funny, because then you're either dismissive or dismissed. You can't be original. Apparently you can't have a qualified lighting, writing or editing team, either.

Oh yeah, and I'm from Canada, with 1/10th the population and 1/10th the budget for political ads. So you can just imagine what we get - they look like local car sales commercials.

Simon from Canada's Capital


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