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Politics is not something I ever talk about here and I promise I am not really going to start now. I will not be talking about who I am going to vote for and I won't be telling anyone else who they should vote for. That doesn't mean I am not interested or that I don't have an opinion. It is just something I won't be doing here.
A side bar to the recent tragic theater shootings in Colorado is that, for a few days, both presidential candidates suspended their television advertising in our state. Both campaigns said it was time to focus on the victims, not on politics. Given the vitriol of the ads we had been seeing having them suspended has been a very good thing. They have or will start being shown again and I'm sure they will be just as bad as before.
What hasn't stopped, and the real point of my post, is the constant e-mail and Facebook postings that demean, make fun of, debase, degrade, or try to show the party or candidate they are opposed to in as negative a way as possible. Most people, when asked, say that they are opposed to negative campaigning, yet these vituperative postings spread from in-box to in-box all across the internet. Some are done in a humorous way and some are just plain nasty. None of them, in my opinion, do anything to benefit the political process.
I am all in favor of political discussion, but I wish it could be done in a more civil way. If we want our political parties to find a way to campaign without using ads attacking their opponent maybe a good place for that to begin is with the voters and their communication with one another.
Is your vote influenced by internet communication that is demeaning or degrading to a candidate?