We are in the silly season when politicians flood the airways with their ads, each claiming to be the savior of America. There is a consistency of stupidity in these ads or at least a consistency in how dumb they must think we (the voting public) are. Every politician makes claims about what they are going to go to Washington and do that are similarly ridiculous; and, apparently they think we may believe them. Every politician makes it sound like they will single handedly fix all that is wrong with Washington and with America, if only you will elect them. How dumb to they think we are?
Every one of them makes claims like “I will reduce the size of government, cut your taxes while improving the services, break the deadlocks in Congress” and probably solve the issues of world hunger and world peace in my spare time. Many in this election year also promise that they will repeal the Universal Healthcare law; require women to have babies, even in cases of rape; and let struggling American companies fail rather than find a way to help. How dumb do they think we are?
These are usually professional politicians; but many are people who have otherwise have been successful in life and business (so you know that they probably aren’t stupid themselves); who are apparently willing to lie to us to get elected. No freshman or junior Congressman or Senator will have any influence over anything in Washington; much less change the prevailing “do-nothing” attitudes that have gridlocked government. How dumb do they think we are?
What they will do, which they have already demonstrated by toadying to various special interest groups to even get this far, is to spend their first year or two sucking up to the power brokers that run the place – lobbyists and party leadership – hoping to curry favor and get money for their re-election campaigns. Most will continue to kowtow to whatever special interest groups helped them get elected in the first place. How dumb do they think we are?
What they won’t do is give a damn about the so-called constituents back in whatever district s they are from. They may drop crumbs back in the hood when they can, do photo-ops and kiss babies when back home, but what they will really focus upon will be learning which backsides to kiss in Washington. These are politicians, which is the only group rated lower than lawyers in esteem and trustworthiness in the minds of most Americans. How dumb do they think we are?
So let’s all take the political ads with a big grain of salt or a lot of skepticism. These are people who will do anything and say anything to get elected and who have absolutely no conscience about ever doing any of what they said they would do to get elected. Just once wouldn’t you like to see an ad that said – “I want to go to Washington and work to build relationships and coalitions with other legislators from both parties to get things done on behalf of the people. I know it won’t be easy and it may take some time, but I will be working towards that end. One Congressman or one Senator can’t change government all by himself; but one honest, dedicated and hard-working legislator can lead a movement that will make a difference and I want to be that person.”
I’d vote for that guy/gal; but, unfortunately he/she’s not running again this year. Displaying the ability to work across party lines or more accurately across ideology lines is considered to be heresy and is sure political death. The sad truth is they know how dumb we are; after all we keep electing them.