Political Ads

A soft answer turns away wrath, but grievous words stir up anger                                                        Proverbs 15:1

Do you watch political ads? This time of year, they are all over media of every type. No matter your political persuasion, you are being assaulted by these ads. I use the word assaulted advisedly, because that is what most political ads are now- assaults on the character of the opponent.

Demonizing opponents is not new, but it is nonetheless toxic. Issues, and stances on current societal problems are not what is emphasized to try to win votes. Rather, it is the undercutting of the opponent in order to paint him/her as a threat to our very existence. Such strategy, unfortunately, has been found to garner votes. Such trash actually seems to work.

So, dear readers, I have decided to try to disregard what I hear in these ads that is negative information about the political opponents. In a 30-second clip, many harmful things are said that are, A. not true, and B. skewed, and out of context in such a way as to simply make the other candidate look like a fool or a criminal. Truth, such as can be found, may be somewhere in the middle.

Which brings me to my conclusion. Whatever happened to the “middle”? Politics is now so extreme, on both sides of the political spectrum, that the middle seems to be an impossible place to find. Yet the essence of political governance is compromise. Yes, compromise has somehow become a dirty word.

So, when you hear those ugly ads that are all over the place, just tune them out. Do some research into issues and candidates based on what they have written, their voting records, and hopefully, their character history.

Just don’t listen to the ads. You’re welcome! 😊  

Prayer: Lord, give us wisdom and grace as we navigate these times, Amen

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