by Marion Marks
Well, the time has come. Politics will officially be the topic of general and social media full-time until November. And, it isn’t going to be pretty. Comments and reporting will be driven by digs and jabs taken personally and often without regard to facts or law.
I can’t remember a time when I’ve had so much complaining about negative comments and non-ads this early. Of course prior to this year the mayoral race, not even start with the other edgy contests that are coming, was started this early by staking out money, special-interest groups and key underwriters. But this year it is going full bore thanks to the social media.
Of course in order to take advantage of social media, you have to have the money, key players or educated supporters to either produce messages or have hired guns behind you. I get a kick out of the peanut gallery on FaceBook trying to manipulate facts and bully anyone who won’t play ball their way.So much complaining when the truth of the matter is or should be clear if they could read and look out for the high road for Shreveport.
Personally I hate the negativity and negative advertising that is the result of the mud slingers. Somehow there seems to be something wrong with a process that depends on tearing your opponent down with half truths and sometime outright lies. How proud the candidate must feel when their supporters are successful at beating an issue or evading a principle. It make me wonder about the mindset of any people we elect.
You also should wonder about what the mindset must be of ANY knowing how well their negativity and negative ads work. Does the term “blood lust” come to mind?
If that’s politics I guess I know why so many people say they need to take a bath after they have spent time in line voting. We can‘t change what the past has been, but we can try to demand change in the future. It may be the nature of the people to respond to negativity and it’s what seems to work in the city council too often. But with the state of Congress and Washington having such low levels of respect, you might think in our small city we could do better. Too many people are too used to lying to us or telling half truth that they nor we may be able to recognize the truth when we see or hear it.
If there is a politician out there who recognizes his or her own hypocrisy it would be nice to hear them admit it. I can think of a lot better things talented people could do rather than get into politics, and that may be part of the issue that too many good people know their limits of getting down in the mud. Are we really willing to continue accepting such a low level of acceptable truth and service? I guess the facts speak for themselves.
I’m just going to watch as the campaigns cranks up to see how rotten it really gets. I know I’m not going to like what a whole lot of what I see, and I bet many others will feel the same way. It will begin in earnest after filing ends later this month when the “professionals” start passing magic dust among us. The various campaigns will explain their rationale for why we should support them, when we already know the chances of success for most are between zero and none.
For me, there’s lots of wishful thinking that better candidates will prevail. As P.T. Barnum said, “There’s a sucker born every minute!” Or my sign of hypocrisy could begin with worrying about the ability of a potential winner to govern when they can’t face their own half-truths. Never-the-less, as the circus will say, “the show must go on!” All too soon it will be curtains for some and a celebration for others. I just hope the final curtain isn’t for those us who call Shreveport home.