Paul Sassone: It’s high time for a commercial break from politicians

Wait.

Listen.

Hear it?

Nothing, right? Silence. Just silence.

Ahhhh …

The primary election is over.

Control of your television set has been returned to you.

Now you can watch scary people killing things in swamps and your other favorite shows without the constant bickering of wealthy guys who want to be your governmental overlord.

You know, ads like:

“When Joe Finnoss was in office, he raised property taxes 2,851 percent. And he still refuses to disclose what happened to those 853 puppies. We need someone we can trust. Vote for Jim Shoose.”

“Why is Jim Shoose lying about Joe Finnoss? Is it to cover up his connection to the human sacrifice scandal? Shoose just can’t be trusted. Vote for Joe Finnoss.”

Candidates boast of their political experience.

Candidates boast of their lack of political experience.

But whatever the commercials allege, all of them are too brief to be informative.

They don’t increase our knowledge of the candidates or their positions. They are nuggets of character assassination.

Other than that, all political commercials do is promise to save voters money while running pictures of the candidates, their opponents and their props (aka families). The candidate looks like a movie star.

The opponent looks like a drunk.

The tone of these commercials is jarring, almost violent. They assault viewers’ senses. You might almost call them voter abuse.

But, the primary is over.

There has been a significant reduction of hot air in the communications atmosphere.

Until the real election campaign starts.

Heaven help us.

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