Political Ad Fatigue
As I write this letter, one day before the election, I have come to believe that Mainers are subject to a serious illness called PAF. What is PAF you ask? Political ad fatigue! We all have it and after tomorrow we may get a short reprieve before we are subjected to this malady, once again, as we see the posturing for the Presidential election has already begun.
This election year has been particularly bad. We are being bombarded from within and outside the state. Statements that, if you take the time to research them, are either outright lies or close to it as words or phrases are taken out of context and then used to bash a candidate or cause with a supposed benefit to the other. Negative ads have raised blood pressure and made people throw their hands in the air and ask, “What can they be thinking?” My own feeling is that we are treated as if we don’t have the ability to see through this type of hype or we are too stupid to see it and unwilling to check their supposed facts or message and who wrote them.
Over the past weeks I have tried to learn the sponsor’s names of the ads that have come out. We have, of course, the Republican and Democratic Parties of Maine, the Republican and Democratic Governors, People for the American Way, Service Members Legal Defense work, Superpac for America, Vote Vets Action Fund, Women Vote Voices Action Fund, just to name a few. Shouldn’t Mainers and only Mainers be telling us about candidates? Those from “away” are not the ones that will be most impacted, we are! What ever happened to truth in advertising or slander laws? Where does all that money come from?
Then you have the ads for and against the Casino issue. You have a yes group, Take Charge Maine, their motives are quite obvious. Then you have the No’s. One group, is representing those that likes casinos but doesn’t want this one for their own self interests and you have Casinos No, which has been there throughout our Casino bombardment over the last eight years. Again, check the claims, and what the chosen sound bites are and what is not being stated.
To finish I just want to say, be an informed voter. Do not be led by the media (which, by the way must be rolling in the $$$ from all the political ads, particularly on the television and radio stations) and the ad companies and PACs. Take the time to investigate. Google, Google, Google. If you don’t have a computer, go to your public library. Maine has had a strong and independent voice in this country. We are not the type to be led by outside interests. We are smart, thoughtful, caring people who just want the chance for our children to have the same opportunities that we have had. Become an informed voter and most importantly, be a voter! If you don’t vote you have no room to complain! If you’re not a truly informed voter -- well, make your own decisions! Let our politicians know that we’ve had enough muck, mud and negativity. Stay clear of PAF, Maine!