It seems rather strange heading into election day knowing that all the candidates on the ballot are crooks! I make that statement based on all the campaign ads hitting the airwaves and mailers hitting the mailboxes. Based on the ads, it seems that every candidate is either a drunk, an adulterer, a thief, a puppet for special interests, a Muslim, a Christian, an Atheist, a Witch, and on and on it goes.

Having an interest in politics since the age of five (at which time I campaigned for Franklin Roosevelt while pulling my little red wagon along 2nd street yelling “vote for Roosevelt” — the campaign trail being only a block long ‘cause my mom wouldn’t let me cross the street) I must admit our current election cycle is the dirtiest that I’ve ever encountered.

It was former president Bill Clinton who coined the term “politics of personal destruction.” It was bad back then, but it’s worse now. It appears to me that the only way to win an election is to demonize an opponent even if it means playing fast and loose with the truth. Truth is the first casualty in an election season. There may be a tiny element of truth in a negative ad….say… percent, while ninety nine percent are absolute lies.

 Here’s an example of how that works: Say, John Schmuck is running for Congress. He’s clean, articulate and honestly believes he can do a good job in the office he seeks. His opponent, suffering in the polls has to do something to destroy Mr. Schmuck. He creates an ad accusing Schmuck of taking campaign donations from special interests out of state. Turns out, the donation of ten dollars to Schmuck’s campaign was from his grandmother, who lives out of state.

That’s how it works! And it gets worse in the final week before the election. A candidate who is the target of a negative ad has no time to respond. So just remember, if you hear or receive a flyer in the mail stating “Do we really want to send a killer to Congress”, that “killer” was merely caught on camera, SWATTING A FLY….but that part was intentionally left out.

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In 1985, fewer than half (45%) said news organizations were politically biased, while 36% said news organizations were careful to AVOID bias.  Today, according to the PEW Research Center,  by greater than two-to-one say the mainstream press IS biased!  Oh…golly gee.  I wonder why.

Could it possibly be that not a single news organization (except Fox News) covered the story of Van Jones until AFTER he resigned?  Van Jones…the admitted Communist appointed by Barack Obama to be the “Green Czar.”  The mainstream press just looked the other way.

Remember the 3-day demonstration in Washington DC by anti-war activists which was covered sun up to sun down by all the major news outlets?  We were treated to the marchers, being led by drum-thumping bearded pot smokers.  Compare that with the way the media treated the latest Patriot March in DC.  It’s almost as if it never happened.  The Tea Parties held across America were said to be a gathering of right-wing fringe kooks.

Or could it possibly be that ACORN (the political arm of the Democrat party) has been ripping off the taxpayers for years, but nobody cared?  It took the efforts of a pair of amateur sleuths to do what CBS’s Sixty Minutes should’ve done…BUT DIDN’T.

According to Dan Gainor, reporter for Fox News, the ACORN story had everything you could ever want – corruption, sleazy actions at tax-funded organizations, firings, government ties, sex, hookers.  It’s a network news director’s dream.  Imagine the ratings.  But, almost no one covered it…EXCEPT FOX NEWS.

Shortly after Fox News broke the story,  ACORN issued a press release that WAS picked up by the mainstream press.  It read: “The relentless attacks on ACORN’s members, its staff and the policies and positions we promote are unprecedented.  An international entertainment conglomerate, disguising itself as a ‘news’ agency has expended millions, if not tens of millions of dollars, in their attempt to destroy the largest community organization of black, Latino, poor and working families in the country.  It is not coincidence that the most recent attacks have been launched just when health care reform is gaining traction.”

Well…that was then…this is now.  The Senate has voted overwhelmingly to prohibit HUD grants from going to ACORN, the Census Bureau has cut all ties with ACORN.  Arrest warrants have been issued in Florida for ACORN employees who allegedly falsified voter applications, and the House of Representatives has voted overwhelmingly to deny all federal funds to ACORN.  Senator Richard Shelby is calling for a complete investigation by theFBI into all facets of the ACORN organization.

All of this, heretofore ignored by the mainstream press.  Is it any wonder that over half (65%) of the general public considers the mainstream press to be politically biased?  Is it any wonder that Fox News is stomping all over the other news networks, CBS, NBC, ABC, MSNBC, when it comes to viewership?  You’d think thos other networks would  wise up, huh?

Will they ever?  Nope!  Why? Because they’re left-wing liberals…and left wing liberals NEVER learn.  They’re like pigs in a sty.  It’s dirty, muddy, filthy in there…and it stinks.  But they don’t seem to mind.