One cancelled subscription, a few disparaging comments online, one rebuttal from a county commissioner (the wizard!) and zero phone calls or emails.
That’s the sum of negative responses to the editorial last week that started off with an absurdly distasteful comparison of convicted pedophile Jerry Sandusky to GOP presidential candidate Willard “Mitt” Romney and his 47 percent comment.
I suspect, but can’t prove, that most readers, even the ones who would have agreed with my overall message, couldn’t get too far past the first few sentences of last week’s submission.
For that, I apologize. Because the point was to get you to keep reading, even if you didn’t like the opening.
But, there was also another point that seemed to go over everybody’s head like a Goodyear blimp — the point was that the obscene and the absurd seem to abound in this election, and my Romney-Sandusky comment was merely my little contribution. (If the likes of Limbaugh and Beck and Hannity can spew their crazy nonsense, I have just as much right to spew mine!)
Nevertheless, tis the season of robo-calls and endless political commercials — deep voices telling us some inane thing or another followed by a quick “I am so and so and I approve this message.”
Then of course there are the polls. Polls, polls, and more polls. In some polls Romney is winning, in others he’s losing. Last week Obama was just squeaking by in some swing states, today he’s winning them by double digits.
Of course most polling results depend heavily on who’s doing the asking and who’s doing the answering and how is the question being written and how is it being asked. Confused? Well, if you go poll a bunch of people standing in line at the welfare office, you might get a lot of Obama supporters, at least that’s what Fox News says. Go do your polling at the coffee shop of a big Wall Street investment firm, and you might get an overabundance of Romney supporters.
Do a telephone poll and traditionally you miss the portion of the population who only have cell phones. Poll during the day and you miss people at work; poll at night and you miss people who work at night, etc.
Ugh. The reality is the only poll that matters is the nationwide one on Nov. 6. The rest of the polls are either the media making hay for the horses in its 24/7 horse race or some political constituency that wants you to believe something that probably is not true.
Most polling is absurd.
The really obscene polling is called push polling. That’s where they call you up and ask you loaded questions, such as “How likely would you be to vote for President Obama if you found out that he preferred White Russians after dinner to Apple Pie?”
Or, from the other side, “How likely would you be to vote for Gov. Romney if you were told the reason he doesn’t want to release the last decade of tax returns is because in 2009 he took advantage of the IRS amnesty deal for those hiding millions in Swiss bank accounts?”
The questions are meaningless drivel used to get you worked up for or against a candidate — they are used very effectively in the South for some reason.
Obscene? Maybe not Romney-Sandusky obscene, but a vulgar element of American politics nonetheless. Push polling is meant to do nothing more than to dupe the sheeple.
Then there’s the money. It always ends and begins with the money.
It’s absurd the level of fundraising that goes on in these elections. It grows every year, too. You have $50,000-a-plate dinners, $2,500 photos with the candidate and emails pouring in asking for just one more dollar to wage this “fight” or that “war.” Both parties do it and it does little to improve the health of our political system. In fact, in my opinion, it’s harmful.
What’s obscene is the level of influence being purchased by our beloved future oligarchs, the Sheldon Adelsons and the George Soroses. Adelson, our neighbor down the way, has already invested $70 million in an effort to defeat Obama in November. $70 MILLION!!! He says he may kick in another $30 million for good luck — he’s betting it all on red, hardy har. Soros is laying a million into Obama’s PAC, according to a story yesterday.
Millions or a million, both are obscene figures coming from individual donors. Those kinds of contributions make your $1,000 check that you were so proud to hand the Romney campaign seem like nothing. Actually, contributions like those water down the average fund raising participant’s efforts so much as to make them virtually meaningless. Who can compete? And who will have the most access should ole Willard get into office? Don’t bet on black.
That’s obscene, and does nothing to further the health of this political system.
This election is important. It’s important that you make an informed decision. There’s a lot of information to weigh. It’s too bad that there’s probably 100 times more messaging that’s absurd and/or obscene.
Good luck navigating it all.
Sheriff faces music?
Now, back to local topics, we hear the county sent Sheriff Tony DeMeo a summons to appear before them on Oct. 16 to answer some tough questions about why he’s consistently over his budget.
He has told some people he plans to fight any effort to punish his office, even hiring an attorney to defend him should it be necessary.
Enquiring minds discovered that the county could refer the whole thing to the Attorney General’s Office, which would be pretty unprecedented. We asked for a copy of the letter, no one would provide one.
So stay tuned, storm clouds are gathering on the horizon — another week, another thunderhead. Pahrumptastic!
A challenge to local candidates
Read our page one story today and know that your community desperately needs your help. Whatever office you are running for, make it your mission to provide top quality services in this community to people suffering from dementia and Alzheimer’s and the people who love and care for them. There is not more important issue and there is no better time to get out in front and act.
We beseech you. (And we rarely beseech anyone!)