I have no patience for dirty political campaigns and mud slinging. In theory I understand the idea behind a dirty campaign. If you make the other person look bad enough, no one will vote for them.
Here’s the problem, just because you smeared their name doesn’t mean you’re a good candidate. I’m not going to vote for you simply because you’re not the other person. You have to actually build a case for yourself.
The current Texas gubernatorial election is a great example of everything I find distasteful about 21st century politics.
THE TEXAS RACE
We’re less than a month away from the 2014 mid-term elections, and it marks a particularly interesting election for Texas, where I live, because it means the end of Rick Perry’s near 15 year term as governor of Texas. Republicans are eager to continue their 20 year reign over the state of Texas, and Democrats are eager to turn Texas blue.
The end result of this political grudge match is two very nasty campaigns!
PLANNED PARENTHOOD STARTS THE NASTY!
Stop and consider what these ads are saying, “Greg Abbott doesn’t trust women to make their own birth control decisions.” There are two key claims:
- Greg Abbott doesn’t trust women’s decision making ability
- Greg Abbott wants to decide on their birth control for them
- His position has nothing to do with women’s decision making ability
- His position has nothing to do with actually wanting to control women’s birth control
- He doesn’t believe the government should tell businesses what types of birth control THEY HAVE TO pay for for their employees
- As far as I know, he has NO opinion on what birth control they buy on their own
Whether you agree or disagree with Greg Abbott’s position, their smear campaigns’ claims are misinformation at best, and out-right intentionally deceptive lies at worst.
But, they continue to run these ads. This one appeared in my feed yesterday:
GREG ABBOTT JOINS IN TOO
- Wendy makes disgusting comments
- Wendy is a liar
- Wendy is unethical
- Wendy gets her numbers wrong
- Wendy had a melt down
WENDY DAVIS JOINS THE MUD SLINGING
- An ad suggesting that Greg Abbott is against education.
- An ad which claims Greg Abbott is pro-cancer, and battling against prayers to find a cure.
- An ad suggesting that Greg Abbott is pro-rape.