Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Election Getting You Down?

Relief is coming! In less than a week all will be much better. It will be safe to turn on the radio, open the newspaper, watch your favorite TV show.

Barring any Floridian fiascos, the election will be over next Tuesday night, and with it, all of those insipid election ads telling us what liars and crooks are running for office.

It's amazing we can have any trust or faith in government because no matter who wins, the opponent just spent thousands, maybe millions of dollars telling us how bad is the person we elected. At least if it's someone who got our vote we can say we elected our liar and crook.

The worst thing is the cumulative effect of all that negative advertising brings down the American psyche. We see it every time there is a major election campaign - sales go down in October as people lose faith in the country only to return in November as that faith is restored.

But wait, you say. What if my candidate doesn't win? In the short term that won't matter. Your life and my life will be pretty much the same on November 5th as November 3rd. The only thing that changes is the tone of the airwaves.

Remember that old saying, "sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me"? Never underestimate the power of words.

In the meantime, keep the faith. Gas prices are down, the stock market is coming back, and kind words will soon return. We understand if you're bunkering down until next Tuesday. Don't worry. We'll be here when you're ready!

-Phil

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