I've always sort of looked at the elections as being an unusual event in itself where people will go beyond the boundaries just to get elected. It's also an obnoxious event where the airwaves, sea waves and every other which wave decide to take over and dominate our lifestyle to the point of annoyance. If you happen to be living underneath a rock or in a cave consider yourself lucky not to be bombarded with an overdose of political advertising. One can only tolerate so much before it hits you to say enough is enough.
So with that said here is my list of "bug me items" in political advertising which are becoming more of a pain in our political backside. Folks, let's compare notes to see if what bugs me also bugs you about election season. What bugs me is that it's no longer a short season as in spring, summer, fall or winter. Instead, it has turned into a year-round season filled with plenty of talk about candidates who will be running in our next election. What bugs me is when you hear candidates speak as though the world will end if you don't vote them in office. In other words if you vote for the other guy catastrophic things will happen such as high taxes, unemployment and skyrocketing prices. What bugs me is when our politicians steal an idea from 2012 prognosticators putting fear in us about world-ending events.
In a recent political advertisement a candidate spoke of his opponent "distorting the truth." What bugs me is how the true meaning of truth has been convoluted into something not true. I know it sounds confusing so let the truth be known this type of advertising only distorts the voter further away from the truth. What bugs me is this mass production of colorful glossy flyers crammed into my mailbox and just waiting to be transferred into my not so colorful glossy trash cans. Whatever happened to words like conservation and waste? I guess it's only after a person gets elected that words like conservation and waste mean something.
What bugs me is how robocalls manage to find a way to bypass the United States National Do Not Call Registry. Of course we all know the FCC (Federal Communication Commission) while prohibiting telemarketers to call has a different set of rules when it comes to political organizations. However there is a federal law that requires all telephone calls using pre-recorded messages to identify who is initiating the calls and include a telephone number or address whereby the initiator can be reached. Folks, next time you receive a robocall write down the number so to call them back over ... and over ... until the election is over then call them back again and again. If you're tired of the robocalls consider moving to Indiana or North Dakota where automated political calls are prohibited.
What bugs me while also being hilarious is hearing these four words coming out of a politician's mouth: "I'm not a politician." For some reason claiming to be just a common old citizen and earning an honest living just doesn't seem to fit. Can someone please explain to me the difference between a politician and one claiming not to be a politician? Here we have a politician claiming not to be a politician in a political arena running for political office. Can it get anymore political than that? I think it's time to remind them (as in politicians) of who they are, what they do and where they live which is far from this planet.
What bugs me is seeing politicians and those claiming not to be politicians marching in parades next to a float decorated with a whole bunch of political signs. I thought parades such as a Halloween parade is meant for kids in costumes instead of adults in suits and dresses throwing candy to voters. What bugs me is hearing one pollster reporting one candidate leading with a plus or minus difference while another tells you of the other candidate leading with a plus or minus difference. What bugs me is that I only have three days left to bug you to get out and vote. Now that I have all the bugs out of my system please understand the importance of casting your ballot. Whether we like the process or not there will still be a consequence in the end as to the direction our newly elected officials will be taking us. On a final note I would like to offer my compliments to those who have written letters to the editor in support of their candidate. I only wish there were as many letters written with regards to important issues ... but of course this is election season. Happy voting.
Until next time -- hold that thought.
MIKE LAZAROU is an Amsterdam native and a regular columnist. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.