Dear Campaign Ads,
Do you really think I’m that stupid? Seriously? I mean you tell me one candidate hid millions in an offshore account or that the other guy has completely crippled our nation, and you expect me to just take your word for it?
I guess this works on a lot of people. Sure, they’re irritated you keep interrupting their programming, but each advertisement plants a seed in their minds, and when they actually go to vote, they think twice about who they choose….maybe.
So far I haven’t seen a lot that’s indubitable in your relentless ads, and it’s not that I’m naturally critical…well, maybe that’s part of it, but I know I’m not alone. Most people start from the status quo that whatever’s coming out of a politician’s mouth is NOT completely accurate.
But since that’s expected maybe it’s okay. . .maybe.
I have one last bone to pick with you, and I think there are a lot of people with me on this one. Meddling with TV programming is one thing, but when I can’t even watch a YouTube video without being forced into your race to be heard, I get a little irritated.
Everyone keeps saying, “Just another week of these crazy ads.” But I was thinking that maybe (and I know this counters most of this letter) there should be post-election ads. The candidate who wins could let us know he’s grateful and could try to bridge the gap to those who didn’t vote for him. And the guy who lost can also reach out with a thank you to those who supported him and some kind of validation to those who did not.
We’re all in this together. That’s the beauty of being an American–not agreeing, but still walking side by side. Surely, you can see that. Maybe the coup d’ etat would be for there to be one political ad with BOTH candidates in it, showing us that despite our differences, we all want a stronger America.