Political Munkies

October 25th, 2010

It’s that time again… Phone calls, mailings, and the dreaded TV ads. Yep, election time. Bleh. I have gotten 3 or 4 ads in the mail every day for the last week, and I can’t wait for the first week of November to be over. LEAVE ME ALONE. What gets to me about the political ads is not the amount of mailings that I file in the recycling bin. It’s something even more annoying.

There is a particular race in my state that has gotten ridiculous, simply because of the mud-slinging. If they were munkies, we’d all be ducking in fear of being hit in the forehead with poo. I compare it to that, anyway. Every commercial break for the last 3 weeks has had an ad saying “SHE….” followed by an attack of the candidate’s character. The very next ad is about the other candidate, with the same thing… “Yeah, well…. SHEEEEE….” “Oh yeah? Well SHE….” Oh my goodness, girls… We are not 6th graders. Your maturity has been reduced to that of a 12 year old. I am disappointed in both of you. Yes, this is the mother in me coming out. I hope this blog finds its way to one or both of their sets of eyes. No, seriously, I do.

I have heard more than one person in this state say that they are tempted to leave the section in which these candidates are running completely blank when they go to vote, because of the dirty words that have been thrown around. I myself am tempted to do so as well. We will see. Now, my point.

I know this is not the only race in which this is happening. It happens every time election time comes around, in every state. There are political people talking “smack” about the person they are running against. Why? Does throwing dirty words around about someone else make you feel better about yourself? Does it gain you popularity? In the end, I would say no. Just as with 6th graders, people get sick of hearing your whining.

I once read that during an interview, it is best to tell what you can contribute to a company. How is running for any political position any different? That’s what you’re doing- interviewing for a job. And the people hiring you? The ones who are voting. If you are going to talk about the other person interviewing for the job, make it directly relevant to the job. I don’t care what he or she has done in the past when it has absolutely nothing to do with the job he or she is “interviewing” to be elected to do. I do care about what you support and represent. I do care about what you and your opponent have voted for and against.

When creating an ad, if you must bring up the other candidate at all, tell me how you can do a better job than he or she is able to do. Instead of talking about the bad things your opponent has done in his or her personal life, why don’t you try being the bigger person and not discuss it at all? I understand that you need to talk about the other candidate to some extent, but to go as far as mud-slinging seems juvenile to me. I don’t want to hear, “But… He started it!” You are completely in control of your own actions, and cannot control the actions of others. Negativity is bad, no matter how you look at it.

To mud-slinging candidates:  We are adults, yes? Tell me how you can better the city, state, or country. Mud-slinging only gives off the impression that you have nothing good to say about yourself.

To everyone else: I am a mother. SO — What can we learn from this?

Talking bad about other people only comes off as whining. Don’t tear someone down. Lift yourself up. Bring maturity to every situation and avoid using bad words against someone. It is a waste of time and your popularity will not go up at all. People will only want you to stop talking.

Telling what you have to offer shows an incredible amount of confidence. Everyone is attracted to confidence. You can show your good qualities without showing off someone else’s bad qualities, characteristics or life choices. Your good qualities and character will shine much brighter when you don’t waste your breath on what someone else can’t do as well as you.

Two related blogs that I have written: Confidence and Please Don’t Tell Anyone. You might find them interesting.

Life is too short to be negative. Smile.


3 Responses to “Political Munkies”

  1. Lunch_Boxx on October 25, 2010 7:33 pm

    I totally agree with this, and I know exactly which to candidates you specifically referred to. I just saw three or four ads for each of them earlier this evening. One said “She was recently caught going 94 miles/hour, has skipped court six times and blah blah blah….” I looked at my mom and thought to myself “Who cares? So people make mistakes. Doesn’t mean she is any less fit to serve our country than the person who ‘supports the content of this ad’.” Our politicians need to grow up. Seriously.

  2. Marshall Jones Jr. on October 25, 2010 9:05 pm

    The sad part about this, though, is that if you test both approaches side by side with the majority of voters to see which leads to the better voter response, mud-slinging wins. So I’m thinking it’s our responsibility to make mud-slinging not work. Otherwise, sadly, the candidates aren’t going to change just because they feel it’s the noble thing to do.

    -Marshall Jones Jr.

  3. Candace on October 26, 2010 10:18 am

    I totally agree w/ you Munkie…Great blog and it would really be a great day when everyone, not just politicians, will learn that it’s never about attacking a person’s character or their past but we can address our differences peaceably…learning that it’s great to be able to agree to disagree…God bless you! from @MsCandi316 on twitter

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