Whatever the outcomes, are you ready for next Wednesday and a moment of near silence before the 2020 campaign winds itself into a media knot?
Today’s political discourse, if you can call it that, is much too taxing on members of the audience. No wonder people tune out completely and don’t vote or participate at all in American civics. Take a look at these two spots, one from The Democrats and one from the GOP.
Both spots use fear to sell, which is a strike against both mainstream political brands.
Fear does sell, I don’t question its power to do so. I question the judgment of the decision makers in D.C. who use fear to gain power. The last thing we need to inject into the media today is more fear and confusion, but it seems the gutter isn’t low enough or dirty enough, now we need to get right down into the sewer pipes and nearly suffocate from the stench.
The Texas Governor’s Race
In Texas, Governor Greg Abbott has a commanding double-digit lead in the polls. Even so, he feels the need to scare people who really ought to know better.
Abbott’s Democratic challenger, Lupe Valdez, is a law enforcement officer. Yet, she’s the one with a message of hope for Texas voters.
The Florida Governor’s Race
Like Texas, Florida voters have a stark contrast before them when it comes to choosing their next governor. On the right, voters have a loyal soldier in Trump’s Army. On the left, a Mayor and a man of the people.
Florida is the most diverse state in the nation and a state with a lot of newly displaced Puerto Ricans. Who decides to vote and who decides to stay home will decide this race and hundreds of races around the nation.
Please Don’t Dominate the Rap, Jack
Whatever happens, the sun will rise on Wednesday and the American experiment will continue. I’ve never seen the country this far from its better notions of self, but pendulums swing and this too will change. Like Grateful Dead said in a song, “This darkness has got to give.”
…Spent a little time on the mountain
Spent a little time on the hill
Things went down we don’t understand
but I think in time we will