i’m sitting in my hotel room in south bend, just a stone’s throw away from where the wolverines of the university of michigan kicked notre dame’s butts a little over a week ago. i have the tv on in the background as i type, and a political commercial just popped up about a couple local politicians i’ve never heard of. the commercial was pointing out how one politician had supported or made contributions to another politicians programs, as a line went from dot-to-dot (each dot represented another of these programs).
when the ad proclaimed the inevitable suggestion that the listener “connect the dots”, it pulled back to reveal the completed connected dots, spelling the word ‘LIBERAL’ in large block letters. clown music was playing in the background.
at first, i laughed, because it was so stupid. but within a second, i felt nothing but disgust and frustration at the political scene in our country. when a politician (or, in this case, the GOP) can actually garner votes by merely casting labels on others (whether ‘liberal’, as in this case, or ‘conservative’, as in others), we get nowhere. we gain nothing. this is nothing but regress. and i’m so over it.