Sunday, September 17, 2006

"Suppose you were an idiot and suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself." ~ Mark Twain

If I did my math correctly, there are 51 days until the midterm elections, which are held on November 7th this year. That means that there are 1,224 hours remaining for the hopeful candidates to bombard us with reasons that we should vote for them and not for the other guy. 73,440 minutes (roughly) of rhetoric, rants, and railings from Republicans, Democrats, and Independents about who can best serve the public. 4,406,400 (again roughly) seconds in which to convince us who to cast our precious votes for.*

All I can say to that is - come on November 8th!!

Honestly, there really needs to be some sort of campaign reform; some sort of reigning in of candidates so that we aren't so heartily sick of hearing from them that by the time the actual elections get here we don't care who wins just as long as someone does and it's over with for another two years. There are too many commericals on TV now; my research states that the typical 30 minute TV show only averages 22 minutes of airtime per episode - though I'm willing to bet it's less than that.

Commercial breaks used to be long enough for you to quickly run to the kitchen, grab a drink or snack, and run back to the TV with hardly any time to spare but now it seems that you can leisurely saunter into the kitchen, prepare yourself a hot fudge sundae with all the fixin's, and still make it back to the couch in time to catch the last 30 seconds of the same commercial you saw in the last two breaks. And chances are real good there's going to be at least one, but more likely two, political commercials in each break.

I believe it's very important that we know who our candidates are and what they stand for but I don't think it's necessary for it to be akin to ancient Chinese water torture whereby a political commercial is played before us every few minutes until it drives us completely mad. I am not going to vote for a candidate based on what they have to say in a 30 or 60 second spot and I'd like to think that most of the voting public is the same way.

So how about it - don't you think it would be nice to have a break? Don't you think that the money spent on all of these advertisements could be better spent elsewhere? I can't be alone on this thought!

*No, I did not take in the time of day I wrote this, the amount of time it took me to write it, or the October 29th Daylight Saving Time clock changes!

1 comment:

  1. Only a hunch but are you sick of political ads? The ads don't bother me so much because I don't have cable. The thing that bother me is when they leave their signs up AFTER the election is done. Take the stupid things down. I don't want to see your face every time I turn out of Wendy's.

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