Vail Daily columnist Richard Carnes: Looking up to see the floor
Only three score and 17 days until the TV ads stop!
Yep, in just a mere 77 complete spins on its axis, the Earth as we know it will no longer be inundated with 60-second, high-volume blasts concerning the perceived evils of voting contrary to the way a commercial implies one must.
I can no longer watch the boob tube unless I have the TV remote in one hand (and a beer or painkiller of choice in the other), so I can quickly hit mute at the beginning of each commercial break. This only, of course, to those shows not recorded on my DVR, but the news tends to be watched in real time, and that’s when the majority of these nauseating ads run.
And the worst part?
By far it is the philosophical posturing of patronizing political pandering at its phinest and phoniest, and most of us are painfully aware of the pretense being portrayed as phactual.
Let’s be real for a moment.
Obama did not say, “You didn’t build that …” in direct reference to businesses being successful or not. Watch the entire clip, and anyone with more brains than a chicken sandwich knows he was referring to the tax-funded roads and bridges that we all use and thus help enable those businesses to exist.
You know it, I know it, yet anti-Obama types continue to shamefully shotgun blast the phrase as if it’s a socialist attack on all businesses.
Romney did not say, “I’m not concerned about the very poor” in direct reference to who will or will not vote for him.
Watch the entire clip, and anyone with more brains that a rainbow-stuffed Oreo knows he was referring to the struggling middle class as the main focus of his campaign.
Not the rich, not the poor, but those who do not qualify for the safety net of food stamps, housing vouchers, Medicaid, etc.
You know it, I know it, yet anti-Romney types continue to shamefully shotgun blast the phrase as if it’s a degrading remark toward those less fortunate.
Obama is no more taking away the work requirement for welfare than Romney is taking away Social Security from seniors.
They are busy attacking each other over which one is really going to ruin Medicare as we know it, when anyone with more brains than a bowl of oatmeal knows both sides are simply trying to achieve efficiencies over the long term.
Romney wants to use vouchers and allow the market to determine prices, while Obama wants to continue spreading out the costs across the board by implementing the Affordable Care Act.
Neither side appears to want to bring its level of play up to “perceived decency” but, instead, desires to bring the opposition down where they both have to look up to see the floor.
“My people say your plan hurts the middle class!”
“Yeah, well, my people say your plan hurts the middle class more!”
“I know you are, but what am I?”
“Say it, don’t spray it!”
And on and on it goes, neither side having any shame.
Look, let’s agree that if you are the type who believes Paul Ryan is channeling Thomas Jefferson when he speaks or that Obama walks on water when the cameras are off, then not a single ad is going to change a single brain synapse in your closed system of a head (entropy, anyone?).
It doesn’t matter if Romney understands the proper usage of a white board or if Obama drinks a beer for the cameras. I truly don’t care about Romney’s tax returns any more than I care if Obama shows his college transcripts or plays another round of golf.
I just wish both sides would stop slugging it out in the gutter while insisting the world will end if the other side wins.
Either way, though, I’ll still be sitting here, with most of you, waiting for the snow to fly.
Richard Carnes, of Edwards, writes weekly. He can be reached at email@example.com.