I shouldn’t be surprised that as we approach Election Day the mudslinging increases and the negative campaigning and name-calling continues to overshadow the “real issues” and platforms of the major political parties. It is a rite of passage to hear what an opposing candidate does wrong rather than what the candidate’s own agenda is (unless their agenda is to bash their opponent).
By the time the election is over I think most people are
relieved, even making the event anti-climatic. I look forward to seeing
everyone’s lawn again as political signs are removed and the landscape is once
again unabused by overzealous campaigners and citizens who are a little over
the top with all of the yard signage. I, for one, have never and will never put
a political sign on my lawn. Politics are my own personal business.
On top of all of this negativity comes the daily, almost
hourly news of the failing global economy and how Wall Street continues to
react to every hiccup in the credit and banking industries. I find it odd that
on one day the Dow Jones index can be up 400 points and then down 500 the next
day. So odd, in fact, that I put very little credence in what the stock market
So whom can I really blame for all of this negativity? My
cohorts in the general media. One story placed in the right information channel
can create panic and depression among people whose sanity level is usually
close to normal. I was recently reminded of my tendency toward negativity by an
HVACR contractor who commented that because I am from Michigan, it seems that
all of the news is bad.
Well I’m here to tell you that all of the news IS bad. I am
also here to tell you that I have been off my medication for a while. But I
like being in vogue so keep the bad news coming.