I kind of got into it with a complete stranger on Facebook. I guess I just need to get rid of all my Utah facebook friends, so I don’t get sucked into political discussions online – but this one is a little more generic, so I’ll throw it out here for the 3 of you who actually read my blog…
To give you background, in Utah, an old lady is running a negative ad against Jim Matheson (the democrat incumbent) and for the challenger republican (Morgan Philpot). One of my Facebook friends works actively for his campaign, so it was no surprise when she posted the ad. The ad itself isn’t disturbing or anything; it’s your run-of-the-mill negative ad, casting Matheson as a Pelosi cronie. No big deal. Let me emphasize, this isn’t about one candidate over another, I could care less who wins the election.
Here’s my issue… the title/subtitle of the ad: “Personal Patriotism” and “Random Acts of Patriotism”
Here is the exchange I had…
Now, here’s my question… Am I way off base here?
Does having a personal political opinion and buying up scobs of air time to express it count as a real “act of patriotism”? Especially when you’re only using your first name which isn’t the same first name you actually go by in real life?
I didn’t even learn a stinking thing from her ad, not about Morgan Philpot anyways. What a waste. Negative campaigning is the norm in politics today, but it doesn’t change the fact that it’s still tasteless. If these guys don’t have enough virtues to get elected on their own merits, then I don’t want them in office anyways.