Thank goodness it is over.
Today is Election Day. Many of you who are registered voters sent in your ballots before today. For those of us who don’t vote by mail, today is very special.
There is something good about going to the polling place and putting my mark in a little round window. I was always good about staying in the lines. If the election were based on neatness of the voter, then my ballot would be worth more than, say, a friend of mine, who still colors outside the line.
But what makes today even more special is that the insipid (can you say tasteless?) and nasty political ads will disappear from my television screen.
I no longer have to endure talking heads speculating on what is at stake in the elections.
I have never before experienced such a vitriolic atmosphere, from our local municipal elections right up through the state and federal levels.
I’m sick of the dispersions heaped upon anyone who might believe taxes and fees are the way a democratic society exists. I don’t like where all my tax money goes. I’m not happy when my tax dollars go to build an aircraft carrier the size of Rhode Island, but I like that part of what I pay fixes Highway 41 between here and the Big Valley, keeps school teachers and social workers in their jobs and makes available state and national parks.
My tax bill doesn’t come with a sheet of “choices” that I mark as to how to spend the money.
Are there abusive and ridiculous examples of wrongful spending of our tax dollars? Of course. Many times it is a case that one man’s abhorrent tax is a lifesaver for another.
It is easy to get confused as we voters face a plethora of issues on a ballot. Sometimes you don’t know whether you vote “yes” if you are for it or “no” to get the desired result.
Political advertising’s primary goal is to keep us confused and misled.
But now it keeps me and many of my friends constantly angry, too.
The Supreme Court’s unwise decision that makes it harder to know where campaign donations are coming from only adds to this disgusting state of affairs.
I’m sure the only ones who are happy are those who own the TV stations.
So today marks a bright spot in a dismal display of political advertising that started almost a year ago.
It’s over for now.
Unfortunately, it is only a temporary lull. Each election is more volatile than the last one. The basic fight over what is best for Atascadero, California or the nation hasn’t been settled yet.