Five more weeks of campaign fighting. Five ... more ... weeks. I don’t think I can take anymore.
Political campaign advertising on TV is at a point where it seems there are more ads than programming. Care for a little programming with your commercial? And the back-and-forth fighting taking place in the commercials is so furious that at times I think I’m watching a mixed martial arts match. The difference being, in a MMA match, real blood is spilled.
Cash rich PAC groups representing the donkey and the elephant have distorted the truth in their commercials so much that they’ve rendered FactCheck.org, the advocacy group that checks the accuracy of advertised content, on life support.
Fear not, America. I’ve found a way to keep you tuned into the campaign without having to heave your flat screen tv out the front window. My solution is this: In November, when a candidate is chosen and the race is over, the losing candidate, as part of his concession speech, must make amends for his negative advertising. He must come clean, fess up, and do the right thing—make right all the ad fabrication he has endorsed. It’s only fair.
If the candidates agreed to do this, maybe I’d be inclined to pay more attention to their commercial message and not turn the channel because I’m fed up with all the lies. Hell, I might even take notes on the advertised message. That way, after the voters have had their say, I can check my tally against his speech and see if all the little white lies are cleared up.
This is also a chance for the losing candidate to save face. By denouncing his campaign lies, he gains a moral victory, if not the presidency of the free world. He gets to cleanse his soul so that he could start back attending church on Sundays. At least until the next election cycle.
This idea is not only groundbreaking, but a possible solution to bring about - OMG!- political partisanship.