No, no, no. We weren't ready for the carpet bombing of negative political ads to begin so soon. Whatever happened to the election heating up after Labor Day? You know, as in Sept. 3, more than six weeks from now?
All right, legitimate political issues do exist. But, come on, repeatedly playing Mitt Romney's atrocious singing of "America the Beautiful" - one of the best songs ever written - just isn't fair to our ears or sensitivities. Some, like Tom Weindorf, are also upset that one of the country's greatest anthems is in a negative ad at all, calling such a move "un-American."
All of the attention, of course, means we're a swing state in the Nov. 6 election, which is considered a dead heat in the latest polling. But annoying, nasty political ads is one heavy price to pay. Worse, negative political ads are effective, say the experts, and often negatively affect voter turnout because people are so turned off by Election Day. We can't let that happen.
So let's make a pledge. All of us should put a jar on the coffee table, and every time we see a negative political ad, we should put a penny or a nickel in the jar. And, within a few days, we'll purchase the best earplugs that money can buy, or maybe enough for the whole neighborhood!
- Erie Times-News