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The perpetual campaign

Friday, October 12, 2012

Enjoying time with family and friends without unwanted interruptions is something that most families would love, but thanks to what seems to be a perpetual campaign cycle for every type of political office from alderman to determining the next president, slogans, ads and signs are slammed in the faces of America at every turn.

From road signs, billboards, magazine, newspaper, radio, television, now Facebook, Twitter, and even politicians invading our domain on the crafty escape from drama, Pinterest, it seems there is no diversion from what many deem as empty promises to get elected.

I recall as a young adult never even thinking much of the electoral process, because it was not thrust in our faces daily. And then that dreaded year in Civics we were forced to examine the intricacies of how our elected officials are boosted to the positions they carefully seek. Then in college, political science and other classes delved deeper into the process made me think about it a little more seriously and even consider watching debates as a tool for making an educating decision on who would win my vote.

Admittedly, I felt the majority of the politicians cast empty promises and speeches that were carefully prepared by someone with a degree in psychology to turn our minds into some type of liquid mush. They played on emotions while avoiding the real issues, making us feel as if we didn't vote for a candidate, not only would babies and small animals die slow deaths, but the world as we know it may end in a less than desirable way if we even thought of checking the vote for the "other candidate".

Yet, we trudged on, and as the years passed, as an adult I made the most educated opinion of candidates based on the limited biased information I could gather... but from what? Every type of media from television to the internet, after all they are always there and easily accessible. This, is probably the reason that many of the generation Y and even Z students probably seem even more unconcerned about the future as I was at their age.

I have spoke to several teens about the upcoming presidential election and they all said the same thing in one way or another. "It don't matter how you vote, they all are liars and it all depends on who has the most money. " Sad, but true, at a young age these children already hear the insistent blah blah blah coming from politicians mouths and have already, before graduating from high school, learned to block it out like their mother threatening to take their cell phone for not cleaning their rooms. Others have even said they did not plan to register to vote because they felt their vote didn't matter. "It is all about the electoral college." To me, this is, quite frankly, scary and should be a wake up call.

The problem seems to be that the election process never ends and when someone sees a political ad on television, an instant reaction is to hit mute quickly, then we encounter them in every place we go throughout the day, and quite frankly, it is overwhelming even for an adult and our instinct, at some point is to simply block them out like other pesky commercials.

One election has hardly ended when the campaign is already underway for the next, so if future generations of voters, all share what appears to be a growing negative attitude towards politics, rather than what it should be becoming as a growing interest in what happens in the world, I am afraid our world is in huge trouble. Politicians need to wake up and realize that these children are our future and the insistent constant and perpetual campaign is doing nothing more than simply lending a deaf ear on the very group who need to listen intently and be able to make educated decisions, our future leaders, who although may not be voting age now, will by the next election have the ability to make great changes.

Something has to give, whether it be limiting the campaign cycle to certain months or certain mediums, but as long as the electoral process is viewed as little more than a business transaction not unlike the simultaneous transition between Halloween and Christmas items in retail stores, then the upcoming generation is not going to take it seriously.