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Oct 31, 2006

  Is it just me or are the commercials during American election time just negative bashing of political candidates?  Why cant they just go on tv, say their goals, and leave it up to us?
And Politicians wonder why the American people are so untrusting of them.   And then after the elections their all buddy buddy again so they can try and work together.  Such frauds!!!!    Lifetime Politicians need to go.   They have such high opinions of themselves and think every other person is wrong, and are so out of touch with the American people.
  Politicians are at least 4 years behind the American peoples thinking or more,  they dont even know what Most Americans are wanting, or worried about without the media telling them.   Its like they have their own little society outside of the American people, they dont get what is going on in the Average American household.   Geeez, I cant wait until the elections are over so my TV is not flooded with negative tv ads.   How many times do they need to run these also?   I have seen them over and over, and after awhile you just feel if they have to do so much bashing, perhaps neither candidate is worth voting for.    I say vote in Average Americans with Average intelligence who are in touch with true American citizens reality and thinking on a day to day basis.  Who are these political  people we have running anyways?  Most are rich beyond the Average American household.   So they think that makes them better?   Makes them more out of touch to me.  Most are lifetime politicians, they cant give clear decisive opinions on anything,  they have just learned to double talk what they feel.  Not telling us what is really what their intentions are.  This American citizen is really tired of it.  Lets have real people, who are in the working world, or on disability, or seniors speak up.  Lets have Hispanic, Whites, Blacks, Asians all races involved.   Lets get the real American melting pot in our politics to speak the real mind of Americans and do what is right for a change.   Not what lines the pockets of the rich or big business.   Then you get those Democrats or Republicans,  who say you should vote straight down party lines.     I say BULL!!!  Lets for for who is going to do what is right regardless of Democrat or Republican.   And lets pass laws holding them accountable for their actions on all levels of Government from the President to the city council men.  Right now it is the who ever has the most money to campaign and slander they other the best that wins, or leaves and impression in the voters mind.   I say once they start negative ads, their done running.  Their campaign is over no matter how much money they have.   Money is not what makes a country great.   It is the people in the everyday  population that makes it work.   The kind hearts of American people after Katrina who donated their own time and  money to help other Americans.   It is the people who help in other countries feed the poor.   Since when do the wealthy no what is right for everyday people?   Most people work hard everyday just to survive.   That is in all countries.  Most politicians arent in this category.   Heck have they ever built a home?  Have they ever tried to feed their family on a tight budget?   Have they ever dealt with disabilities?  I have to ask because Im seeing more and more politicians that to me arent worth voting into office  to flush my toilet much less running our country.    Where is the everyday American person who we can vote in that is not of the political atmosphere we have today.     Stop big business or any business contributions of our candidates.   Stop multi millionaires from having million dollar campaign raising parties that cost a million dollars to throw a party.   I have and idea, instead of having millionaire banquets, make donations to real causes and needs for Americans that live in the real America.  New Orleans could be a good start?????
  Stopping Global Warming would be another.   Where is the politician that is in touch with reality?   We need you.........
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Posted: Tuesday October 31, 2006, 7:39 am
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Linda M. (13)
Wednesday November 1, 2006, 7:33 pm
I too, am sick of the negative campaign messages that surface each and every election year. I also feel that there are more of them all the time! Interesting blog...thanks Sid!

Bruce Morrison (13)
Thursday November 2, 2006, 6:07 am
Yeah! I hear you. I havn`t heard one candidate say what they will do if elected.I also agree they should be held accountable for their campaign promises even up to impeachment. How the hack did we get Bush for two terms! No wonder this country is a mess,big money,no morals or integrity and the future is bleak.We need an intelligent president with spirit and vision to lead us. When is the government going to make corporations accountable for pension funds instead of taking payolla and letting them go bankrupt screwing the working man and taxpayers! I believe government has gotten to big and needs house cleaning,I know my state does,it`s disgusting. Bruce

PEACE BE TO YOU (134)
Saturday November 4, 2006, 8:54 pm
Sick and tired! I will be glad when they stop calling and leaving messages on my phone machine!

Mary Ellen Arden (2)
Monday November 6, 2006, 12:40 pm
vote for change: the Republican gridlock in Washington DC must go. where there are several viable candidates for a given office (ex. judges races) vote for the ONE best candidate, even if given a choice of 3 out of 4, for example. don't ruin the chances for your one best candidate by diluting the field further. there is MUCH we can do, and your ONE VOTE does count. Citizens, women, any marginalized who had to FIGHT for the right to vote MUST do so!

Mary Ellen Arden (2)
Monday November 6, 2006, 12:41 pm
vote for change: the Republican gridlock in Washington DC must go. where there are several viable candidates for a given office (ex. judges races) vote for the ONE best candidate, even if given a choice of 3 out of 4, for example. don't ruin the chances for your one best candidate by diluting the field further. there is MUCH we can do, and your ONE VOTE does count. Citizens, women, any marginalized who had to FIGHT for the right to vote MUST do so!

Barbara W. (342)
Thursday November 9, 2006, 10:59 am
Good to meet you Sid,

Love that Tiger. Cats and horses are my passion! But all creatures great and small are on my list of those who are precious...

Its my belief an awakening is stirring in many today. GWB has been an embarrassment to our nation! If he's done anything constructive, inadvertently, its through his blatant, let it all hang out, disregard, for the least of these!

While the Democrats have taken back the House and may yet take the Senate, our job here in America is only beginning.. Informed Americans realize that we have, in Washington, a house of cards! As patriots "We the People" have an obligation to set the record straight. Given time, working together, we will!

Pernicious actions have been the only agenda of this administration these 6 years.
Creating chaos and pain, not only to the worlds people but to the citizens, in all walks of life, in America. I love my nation in spite of the garbage going on in the political arena because I know my countrymen! For the most part, we're a solid lot with a need to show, and receive, understanding & compassion. When we have the undeniable facts presented to us we can be like a pit bull! This election confirmed that! That said! I'm also painfully aware humans can have short memories, especially, when life gets in the way. So some of us must continue to man the Internet, write letters, make phone calls, keep the torch that advocates freedom, in its purity, brightly lit.

Those who can must do, and those who cannot, must get out of the way of the open hearts trying to inspire a thoughtful awakening. I was very disturbed these last years when it seemed my nation, on the whole, was sanctioning this administrations actions. For me it was a no brainier from before the onset of this President and his co-horts power in Washington.

My mom use to say get your own house in order before you presume you have the right to judge your neighbor. In fact, I'm proud to say, I come from an environment which never advocated prejudice of any kind and for that, I'm eternally grateful..

We are all one on this beautiful planet and the only thing that separates us is geography, and or, the politics of greed! Reasonable people, given the opportunity, want PEACE!

John Lennon's Imagine says it all....

By the way, my husband has family in Ocala!

Warm Regards,
Barbara.....DareToDreamNetwork.net
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Carol M. (14)
Friday November 17, 2006, 7:11 am
Even though the elections are over and done with I will respond. I was sick to death of the negative campaign ads....not only the Republicans but the Democrats too! Every time a commercial came of TV it was a politician telling us what someone else had done wrong - what happened to telling us what they did right and what they will do if elected? I didn't vote for anyone - no matter what party - who I could remember seeing in a negative campaign ad. It's time we stand up and tell them we don't want to hear that nonsense! I want to hear what good that particular politician can do for me and my family!

Past Member (0)
Sunday December 10, 2006, 9:29 pm
I know longer see much of a differance in the two parties makes me feel foolish to vote would love a viable third party

Past Member (0)
Monday December 11, 2006, 10:23 am
I dont think they understand that Americans dont care if your Democrat or Republican, they care that you do the right thing for everyone and for the Country.

Past Member (0)
Monday January 1, 2007, 2:38 pm
I agree with you. I have for years felt that campaigns should be allowed a tight budget and that is it. Now only the rich can get elected. Lets hear it for campaign reform and get some ethical people in office.
I am a fortunate person who has had enough money to go places and help my kids when they need their first house and things like that but I have ethics. I give money to many organizations and make sure that I do what I can for those who are not as fortunate. Why don't more "with" do the same? I don't get that. We can't change things in the U.S. unless we get more in office that want to change things-- for the better hopefully!

Jeremy Shipley (2)
Monday January 15, 2007, 11:30 am
When they are accurate, I don't mind negative ads. Lots of politicians are scumbags and its good when they rat on eachother. If an incumbent is corrupt, it's important for the challenger to point that out. The real problem comes when the ads are misleading or outright lies. Whether a "negative ad" or a "positive ad" we should demand honesty. A good role for the media would be to factcheck political ads, but then they might stand to lose ad revenue. . .

Barbara Seymour (0)
Sunday January 28, 2007, 12:20 pm
I also am very tired of each party bashing the other and digging up dirt from the past..The people running for any office should only do it for the good of the people..

Joan H. (0)
Monday January 29, 2007, 10:52 am
It seems that the candidates spend more time degrading one another than saying what they believe in and will try to accomplish if they are elected. I think it shows the character of the candidates. Give me one person who does not throw negative slurs about another candidate and that person will receive my vote!!

Jane S. (0)
Monday January 29, 2007, 3:41 pm
Sid Get ready for the games to begin again. I figured we had a way to go before the next campaign season, but it is ready to start. I would send my kids to thier room to sit and think when I heard them bashing somebody, by the way I did not have to do this often. They learned, we would discuss what ever the problem was,and then it was over. How can we vote for anyone who acts like schoolchildren out of control? Tell us how you want to help the nation and leave name calling and slights out of it, is my message. By the way love the cats, I have 3, housecats only.

Katherine Mac Donald (28)
Tuesday January 30, 2007, 4:31 am
So true, i hate it when instead of putting ephasis on their goals as politicians they put down their competitors..it's childish. They are so influencial yet they don't seem to grasp that that's exactly what we need to make a difference in our present society, politicians that wil make a difference for the people.

Marty M. (0)
Tuesday January 30, 2007, 1:28 pm
I agree with you 100%!! So does my husband! It used to be we'd at least get a break when the election was over. Not any more. I'm sick to death of the negative campaining. And they get so down and dirty, smutty and disgusting. Why not pour all that money into positive things and just use their campaign ads to tell us what they plan to do if thy are elected!!??!! No matter where we live ... in rural America ... small cities ... large cities ... there's just no escaping it! ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!!! Thanks for letting me vent!!! (I'm not sure there is such a thing as a politician in touch with reality. I live in New York State and have had to deal with Hilary Rodham Clinton. Knowing she ONLY moved here so she could run for president in 2008, even though she denied it. Well, here she goes. She's declared her candidacy. She will NOT get my vote.)

Suzanne Pell (2)
Tuesday January 30, 2007, 2:09 pm
I also dislike the mud slinging during election times. I want to hear what they have to say about the issues and not what's in the other candidates closet. The politicians are in the government for themselves not the American people, if you have money or alot of clout, forget the little people huh? Stick to the campaign promises and what you say you will do and don't pussy foot around.

Larry S. (645)
Tuesday January 30, 2007, 7:24 pm
Very well said! What happened to letting us know what they support? Seems they would rather 'tell on each other' like children. And yes, they should all be held accountable for their actions.

Louis Huang (1)
Tuesday January 30, 2007, 7:42 pm
The more negative a ad the more it sticks to the peoples mind's. Yes, people are criticizing politicians bash their opponents, but at the same time the public is more stuck to negative ads than positive ads. It just something about negativity that appeals to humans.

Aggie M. (44)
Monday February 26, 2007, 3:25 pm
Hello Sid J,
Sorry to chime in so late but I just got started with the new care2!
We had about the worst campaigning I can remember up here in NY last year! It was enough to drive you crazy! Our saving grace was Mrs. Clinton. She ran very few ads, maybe 3 or 4 different ones, and I don't believe she even mentioned any names in them, let alone her opposition's. She ran a quiet, clean campaign that didn't make us want to throw our TV out the window once. I wonder if she will keep up the good manners in her presidential try. I hope so. It seems possible with her "Conversations With America."
I think we need to have spending limits on these guys, all get the same amount to do the best that they can, NO outside monies allowed! That would help with the "beholdin" aspect anyway.
Aggie

Past Member (0)
Tuesday April 3, 2007, 3:10 am
I understand your frustration, truly. Its also one of those things that you can choose to see in a different light. In all areas there are positives and negatives and while its true that good politicians are hard to find (needle in a haystack) they do exist even in the U.S.. There are "good" and "bad" healers, parents, teachers, you name it but its up to us to see the best in others to help them shine that good within them. When parents tell their children that they are "bad" it teaches a lack of faith in the child, the same holds true for everyone. We parent through our thoughts, deeds and language arts... Just thought I'd try to cheer you by lighting on this. You're a good and passionate person who is heard, related to with understanding and who has all the faith in the world in your ability to shine in the best of ways. Thank you for your honesty and sharing. Its so appreciated. Bliss blessings to you,

Tia

Frank Sherman (212)
Saturday April 7, 2007, 10:54 am
Like so many of you out there, I am sick to death of the negative campaigns and name calling that goes on in our politics. I say we should send these name callers a clear message by just NOT VOTING for them. Maybe this would at least send a clear message to them that we are sick and tired of their negative campaigns. Like my mama would say 'if you can't say anything nice about a person keep your mouth shut!'

Marci Marcel S. (326)
Thursday April 26, 2007, 1:02 pm
I thing we ought to try a jury-selection type system for picking representatives and senators to represent us. We would probably get more "real" people living "real" lives to make reasonable laws that are truely for the greater good.

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Kori Biggs (3)
Thursday May 17, 2007, 6:10 am
I hate it, too. Unfortunately, I think that a number of negative adds are caused by the system of campaign funding. They're allowed to use party money not to promote themselves ("vote for ___"), just go against their opponent ("don't vote for ___"). Unfortunately the negative of having a democracy is the necessity to compromise at absolutely every turn, meaning that very little is able to get done quickly and strong views are rarely considered.

Daniel Barker (35)
Thursday May 17, 2007, 6:31 pm
Americans are realizing that President Bush is responsible for gross violations of the Constitution, and the Democratic Party, fresh from their promise to end the illegal war, are responsible for the greatest tax increase ever for spending that will not help anyone.

What do we need? Real solutions. If you're a Rightist, vote Constitution Party. If you're a Leftist, vote Green. If you're centrist vote Libertarian.

While we members of these parties don't agree with each other on issues, we do agree on one thing; it is wrong for a small group of people not accountable to the public to make decisions that affect everyone.

Charlie H. (53)
Tuesday May 22, 2007, 8:43 am
Candidates use negative campaigning because research shows that people respond well to it. People claim that they don't like the ads yet they are influenced greatly by them.

Larry S. (396)
Tuesday May 22, 2007, 8:55 am
Yes. Should this even be questioned? I really don't care what a person's past is, I want to know what they are going to do now and for our childrens childrens children.

Lee Campbell (0)
Tuesday May 22, 2007, 1:47 pm
Sad to say Sid ... it's because they don't have any goals other than becoming president, hence power :(. And the one thing they can speak passionately about is why the other guy shouldn't have it. lol

What do you think? Would you like to know the count on sthe "spoiled" ballots?

Heather Ward (5)
Monday May 28, 2007, 10:50 am
Right on!

Rachel Weaver (91)
Saturday June 9, 2007, 11:10 am
Most politicians seem to focus on bashing other politicians than promoting themselves. I guess it's easier to eliminate competition then actually have a developed plan for when you get into office.
Good blog.

Past Member (0)
Monday June 11, 2007, 10:32 am
YES, I am tired of negative campaign ads, and NOW I'm just plain tired. Did candidates always start this early, pushing to become the next President? The election is in November of 2008, the conventions not until the summer of 2008, and already, there are so many ads, debates, public appearances, etc., that I'm burned out already.

Sandra S. (18)
Monday July 16, 2007, 3:28 am
Amen, We need STATESMEN not politicians. Get back to the founding fathers' mentality. In it for the people, not money, power, greed.

Sandra S. (18)
Monday July 16, 2007, 3:28 am
Amen, We need STATESMEN not politicians. Get back to the founding fathers' mentality. In it for the people, not money, power, greed.

Glenda G. (7)
Thursday July 26, 2007, 4:33 am
When did this type of negative campaigning start?
I have never liked it,and have always felt that whomever was pointing the finger,was the one who had something to hide.

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tammymarie h. (24)
Friday August 17, 2007, 7:20 pm
Negative campaigning even has happened here where we live, a rural farming town, especially for mayor and school board members. The people running against each other have known each other for years, and go to the big shot Baptist church. I couldn't believe what I read spray painted over some of the candidates signs by opponents. I will say, not all the candidates engaged in this disgusting behavior. However, they weren't the ones who got elected except for one of them.

bhumika g. (2)
Saturday August 18, 2007, 1:26 pm
negative ads are all too common..i think as election gets closer they are bound to rise. it a very sick way to attack your opponent but the politicians don't care!!

hillary's new campaign ad is good one, not a negeative ad, it is issue based but white house doesn't like it coz it makes them look bad!! see the ad here:http://www.thenewsroom.com/details/602685?c_id=wom-bc-bg

bhumika
politics desk,the newsroom

David Mann (3)
Sunday September 9, 2007, 1:52 pm
We need a candidate with an open mind for all class of people. Not just the rich but every one. No one should be left out, as the poorest person is as inportant as the wealthyest. We need someone to lead us out of harms way in Iraq as Bush is just there for the oil. I truly believe he needed to start this war because he is mentally incapable of leading this country.. Start a war and I can rule that way. Let the military take the heat and responsibility. We have to defeat Bush and get a worthy candidate republican or democrat it really does't matter.

Vent Visor (141)
Friday September 21, 2007, 11:22 pm
I'm an anti-war liberal and I do admit the election ad went to far, just like any other marketing for a Volvo car parts I just pity them. Yet at the same time, by being sent to testify in front of congress, Politicians did open themselves up to attacks. No instead of being seen as a noble men, many will see him as just another politicians.

May Brown (0)
Saturday October 6, 2007, 10:04 pm
I am sick of it also. I have found that those with no real plan, or practical plan, are the quickest to throw out the negative demeaning remarks about others.

I now keep a journal of negative reamarks, who said it, and was it really true. I was surprised who is doing the most negs are the same ones who tell the most lies.

If one is going to lie, it should not be a verifiable lie. If you are too dumb to lie properly, you shouldn't run for anything higher than dog catcher. Bad enough to be a liar, but worse to be a proven liar.

Adrienne A. (15)
Thursday October 11, 2007, 11:03 am
There is one thing anyone can do when they don't like what they see on t.v (aside from shutting it off). Write to the stations and complain. Do you know that 99% of all the complaints about what is NOT okay on t.v. (i.e. about language use, religion and sexuality, homosexuality in particular) comes from 2 extreme Christian groups? Not "average" Christian, I mean far right types that do letter-writing and phone call campaigns. So WRITE to the stations airing the crap, keep your complaint short, straightforward and polite and they'll hear you... And pass along the comments! The media has one goal: selling air time to make money. It doesn't give a crumb about anything but selling you something.
All Viewers are Potential Future Buyers, so in a way your voice is louder when speaking to the media than to the government. ;) You can essentially Vote every day by taking some action with the media every day.

Jeff Watts (0)
Sunday December 2, 2007, 8:55 am
yes i believe in what your sharing in fact the public at large should come up to your level of thinking love blogging myself heres part of one i read bphouse.com/blaze it was a story on burning the bush article politics always in involved..

Mary alexine Saksa (5)
Saturday February 2, 2008, 2:21 pm
I'm not looking forward to the up and comming negative campain adds.I think we(the people) should vote on all politicals job preformance to decide weather they stay in office or geat a raise. The people are the emplorers. Don'we elective them to dowhat we want.

Roberta C. (3)
Saturday February 2, 2008, 5:14 pm
My thoughts for the past 40+ years. Dump the electorial college and let the people's vote count in who they want. I'm 72yo and have seen alot of awful elections, they were way back acceptable for voting for > but in the last 20 years have gotten brutal. I have said let the canditate tell about him/herself and what they stand for and never mention any other candate. That way you can vote for the person not the party > dump the party. Like you said only big money can get in now. No more big money, just out and out > "what I am for and can/will do" period. Bobbie

Nancy L. (10)
Saturday February 2, 2008, 7:42 pm
Unfortunately, the folks who are intelligent enough to really do a good job for the average American are also intelligent enough to not want to join the Washington circus. Also, the average American can't afford to run a campaign that would be successful, since tv ads and mailings do cost money.

I'd love to see candidates concentrating on telling me what they stand for, what they'll do if elected, and why I should vote for them...rather than just why I shouldn't vote for their opponent. At least most of the Presidential candidates had the decency not to air negative ads in New Hampshire during the holidays, but a few really threw mud in the last week before our primary.

Veronique P. (99)
Saturday February 2, 2008, 11:54 pm
My solution is "turn off the TV". This is just crap most of the time. I educate myself about candidates online. It's seems like it's more open and more true.

Bryan H. (165)
Sunday February 3, 2008, 2:01 am
yes I am angered over these negative add campaigns.Kinda makes you not want to vote at all ..... takes out the democrasy / fill it w - jargon ; then what??? But its a hurdle that every one of them need to face but instead look over the needs of the people /the pesent and the future ..... wheres the integrity??? Bush mucked it up now its time to get down pen and per in hand , set out the game plan "from schools and education to healthcare reform,social security, getting drugs and guns off the street/ - stopping pedofilesm - beefing up the police force - create an economy with a positive attmosphere(without negativity). We could do this if we worked together <<democrats,republicans and everyone else>> sounds like a bunch of pre teen delinquants telling on each other for one thing or another

Cora Blankenship (3)
Sunday February 3, 2008, 8:37 am
I too am sick to death of the ugly ads. And really do agree that ever person who runs should be held accountable for the promises they make. If they don't make progress in the first 6 months,,,FIRE THEM. I also think we should try to get younger people to run for office. Now I am 65 and it scares me to death to think of someone like John McCain having his finger on the button. Ditto for Obama, who won't even pledge to our flag. And tries to make a big deal out of not signing on for this war. Why not make a big deal out of him not even being in congress at the time. We don't have much of a chioce out there, we either have green apples or rotten apples to choose from.

Cora Blankenship (3)
Sunday February 3, 2008, 8:37 am
I too am sick to death of the ugly ads. And really do agree that ever person who runs should be held accountable for the promises they make. If they don't make progress in the first 6 months,,,FIRE THEM. I also think we should try to get younger people to run for office. Now I am 65 and it scares me to death to think of someone like John McCain having his finger on the button. Ditto for Obama, who won't even pledge to our flag. And tries to make a big deal out of not signing on for this war. Why not make a big deal out of him not even being in congress at the time. We don't have much of a chioce out there, we either have green apples or rotten apples to choose from.

Diane M. (0)
Sunday February 3, 2008, 9:45 am
I do agree with you.

Jordan Bianchi (0)
Sunday February 3, 2008, 12:26 pm
I wish the politicians would just listen to the American public, we voted them in, we should have the right to get our views in congress!

Helen Jackson (0)
Sunday February 3, 2008, 9:48 pm
Amen brother!! Tell it like it is.

Jimilyn B. (14)
Monday February 4, 2008, 3:49 pm
Well said!
For years I've been bemoaning the fact that on our ballots we don't have a choice that says: None of the above. Come back and give us some real candidates.
Is it any wonder so many Americans don't trust our government as much as we'd like to? All the bashing is designed to get better name recognition and to supposedly run on their character, I suppose. Too bad we don't have better representation. And since we have to select one of them, I guess we're all looking for the least objectionable candidate. Not a happy way to choose one's leaders, is it?

Fred Hoekstra (6469)
Friday February 15, 2008, 3:48 pm
That is because politicians do not want to talk ab9ut the real issues. In fact, when was the last time you heard a politician talk about restoring the money that was taken out of the Social Security Fund? The first time this happened was during the Johnson Administration. In doing a search on this subject this week, I learned that President Clinton borrowed more money from the Fund than any other President before him. So, when will they return it. Talk about embezzlement!

Fred Hoekstra (6469)
Friday February 15, 2008, 3:59 pm
That is because politicians do not want to talk ab9ut the real issues. In fact, when was the last time you heard a politician talk about restoring the money that was taken out of the Social Security Fund? The first time this happened was during the Johnson Administration. In doing a search on this subject this week, I learned that President Clinton borrowed more money from the Fund than any other President before him. So, when will they return it. Talk about embezzlement!

Fred Hoekstra (6469)
Friday February 15, 2008, 4:03 pm
That is because politicians do not want to talk ab9ut the real issues. In fact, when was the last time you heard a politician talk about restoring the money that was taken out of the Social Security Fund? The first time this happened was during the Johnson Administration. In doing a search on this subject this week, I learned that President Clinton borrowed more money from the Fund than any other President before him. So, when will they return it. Talk about embezzlement!

Fred Hoekstra (6469)
Friday February 15, 2008, 4:03 pm
Another Glitch! Every time you Refresh the Page it adds a duplicate post.....

Elizabeth H. (163)
Sunday March 2, 2008, 3:12 pm
the time has come to give "legitimate" candidates FREE FORUMS on PUBLIC SERVICE STATIONS, C SPAN, TALK RADIO AND THE WEB..only information allowed is information on themselves, then let John Stewart and Stephen Colbert "spin it" for us!

Sandra Carr (57)
Saturday March 8, 2008, 6:09 am
I am SICK of the ads and have heard all I want to hear from any of them!!!!!!!!!!!

Martha Davidson (0)
Thursday March 20, 2008, 9:31 am
I am sooo sick of the Rev. Wright snippets!!! IF you are old enough, TRY to remember the absolute worst things YOU'VE said. Now imagine them in video snippets played over and over and over again. Would expect your friends of 20 years to disavow, and disown you? Be honest. Now imagine that you have a friend running for office, and your images are played over and over , and over again. Is that a fair ,or further than a country mile, assessment of your character?

The media does not delve any further into Rev. Wrights character, accomplishments, or church, other than these snippets. Wake up people!

Do you really think that Rev. Wright could build and carry a congregation of 8,000 over 30 years, if he was only as the media has portrayed him?

Here is an opportunity for you to investigate for your selves. Just maybe you could gain some understanding of something out of your comfort zone. All you have to do is go to the Church web site. You could start a dialogue, and give THEM some insight out their comfort zone as well.

ABC news and Fox news are the WORST offenders. Cnn runs a vey close third. The best political team my patootie. They should be called shock and awe, the way they run their screens

I don't understand how they get away with this.
They are not fooling the majority of we Canadians, or other countries overseas.
In fact, they come off as clowns of their created media circus.


If these so called reporters do not understand what Obama could get out of a preacher like Rev. Wright, they have never done their job on race relations. They CERTAINLY aren't doing it now. Where is the investigation? Have they EVER set foot in a black church?

It's much easier to sit on their collective rear ends, play clips, and have their so called pundits yell and holler about it. "if MY preacher said that I'D walk out!"


This repeated rolling over of these sound bites is nothing short of brainwashing, and the media knows it. America enjoys being controlled by the media, America it seems , wishes to remain racist and bigoted to the bitter end. The world IS watching, and to use the words of Rev Wright " the chickens will come home to roost in Americas

Sue Nelson (0)
Wednesday March 26, 2008, 2:29 am
I would find it hard to believe that everyone was not sick to death of all the campaigning, negative and otherwise at this point. It is too bad that as many have pointed out, those who want power that badly are those who least should have it. Maybe a new campaign should arise, from the people, to bring back Kucinich, Edwards, or Gore ... Mr. Hoekstra, your comments weren't exactly on negative ads, but perhaps Bill used those funds to try to help others, such as in Bosnia? And Martha, I have heard from my Canadian friends that Canada is suffering its own share of political fallout with less than stellar politicians; remarking that "Americans" wish to remain bigoted and racist was rather prejudiced in itself, as it seems that this blog was started precisely because these Americans took note of the nature of the negativity being circulated.

Sue Nelson (0)
Wednesday March 26, 2008, 2:29 am
I would find it hard to believe that everyone was not sick to death of all the campaigning, negative and otherwise at this point. It is too bad that as many have pointed out, those who want power that badly are those who least should have it. Maybe a new campaign should arise, from the people, to bring back Kucinich, Edwards, or Gore ... Mr. Hoekstra, your comments weren't exactly on negative ads, but perhaps Bill used those funds to try to help others, such as in Bosnia? And Martha, I have heard from my Canadian friends that Canada is suffering its own share of political fallout with less than stellar politicians; remarking that "Americans" wish to remain bigoted and racist was rather prejudiced in itself, as it seems that this blog was started precisely because these Americans took note of the nature of the negativity being circulated.

Ron Streed (2)
Wednesday March 26, 2008, 9:18 am
I do get sick of all the negative news with both major parties. I'm also getting sick of all the bad news daily on all the networks. The news media can help us and the economy by at least showing what is right with our country and the world.Nothing really changes until the average person gets involved. I have lived by the theory when everyone is going in one diraction, you will be correct in going the other direction. Elections seem to be based on how many millions of dollars can be spent. Ron

Thom W. (1)
Monday April 7, 2008, 1:36 am
After being bombarded by the Christine Jennings/Vern Buchanan mess here in Florida (which both of them spent over 80 million dollars each on neg ads) and then 22,000 votes just vanished, I came up with an idea. it's just one of four of my campaign reforms.
All candidates must match their advertising spending to a 501c3 charity - 50/50. Just think how many mouths would get fed, how many animals would find homes & care, ect. Just from this election alone we could feed all the homeless in the USA!

Dorothy Henderson (0)
Thursday April 17, 2008, 11:30 am
I am so so sick of all the slime i have been exsposed to this election season. The majority of it coming from HRC and her fav worker Mark Pen I cant even look at HRC any longer and I use to be a Clinton suporter before all of her mud slinging.WHEN WILL IT STOP???

DeboBB V. (26)
Tuesday April 22, 2008, 11:24 am
I am from Iowa and they started here! I was so glad when the caucus and elections were over. The ads stopped too!

CHIEF DUBIE (213)
Saturday April 26, 2008, 10:08 pm
I'm a politician, that is in touch with reality!!!That is why tha state of Missouri, and the libertarian party just had me removed fron the ballot, for governor of Missouri!!! I believe in no victim no crime!!! the government is not only playing judge jury and executioner, but they are crying victim, and then they want to represent you also!!! What a diabolical monopoly!!! I say let the people decide!!! please sign my DUBIE OR NOT DUBIE petition. check out chiefwanadubie.com and my myspace page, united we stand!!!

Simone O. (0)
Tuesday May 13, 2008, 10:48 am
Right now we need to choose what the party is offering us -- one day I would like to see more than 3 parties !
But right now we need change --OBAMA FOR PRESIDENT !
;-)

Dorothy Commander (61)
Saturday May 31, 2008, 7:53 pm
hillary needs to drop out of the race so we can move foward as Americans.

Skai Del Pirata (0)
Monday June 2, 2008, 10:49 am
How bouts just tired of both of them, or in these years case all of them. Oh God. It's like high school again you know? This election. I applaud Obama for not engaging in this act of immature fighting.

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Di B. (0)
Thursday July 24, 2008, 4:53 pm
all these politicians remind me of a bunch of little kids fighting over the same toy.I agree,get up there say what they are going to "try to do" and quit digging for dirt.Most people could care less what they did 20 years ago unless they did something criminal,but then they would'nt be running so what the heck are they fighting about.

fez zappa (2)
Tuesday September 30, 2008, 7:13 am
i agree,but this is nothing new.the truth is,that the system is flawed.Facts are far from the major issue when it comes to polititians.perception is what the establishment hopes wins over people and truthfully most people are sheep-

don't confuse me with facts......

Sandy Cochran (0)
Sunday October 12, 2008, 8:32 am
I agree with you. I wish there was a place to go and get all of the facts on the choices. Not what there past is. Because anyone can change.
Thanks

Cam V. (417)
Saturday October 25, 2008, 2:47 pm
if you vote with your heart America it is going to hit your wallet hard. The kind of change the Democrats are offering is the system we have here in Canada and "spread the wealth" means that if you are a middle class American you are going to pay and pay dearly for the social programs you will bring in. I am Canadian and proud to be one but am amazed at the unfairness of your system. Never knew that hysteria, money and hype can buy an election but see it happening! What happened to fairness in reporting on your side of the border? All channels are biased but somewhere in the middle of all the much is the issues that should matter to you. Had the following sent to me by cousins in Florida and Colorado (I am in British Columiba) ... might be worth a look ...
Sean Hannity of Hannity & Colmes- Fox New is going to air a very important documentary about Barack Obama, Sunday night at 9:00pm October 26th.
No matter what happens you have come a long way America so change has already happened!

Cam V. (417)
Saturday October 25, 2008, 2:48 pm
if you vote with your heart America it is going to hit your wallet hard. The kind of change the Democrats are offering is the system we have here in Canada and "spread the wealth" means that if you are a middle class American you are going to pay and pay dearly for the social programs you will bring in. I am Canadian and proud to be one but am amazed at the unfairness of your system. Never knew that hysteria, money and hype can buy an election but see it happening! What happened to fairness in reporting on your side of the border? All channels are biased but somewhere in the middle of all the much is the issues that should matter to you. Had the following sent to me by cousins in Florida and Colorado (I am in British Columiba) ... might be worth a look ...
Sean Hannity of Hannity & Colmes- Fox New is going to air a very important documentary about Barack Obama, Sunday night at 9:00pm October 26th.
No matter what happens you have come a long way America so change has already happened!

patricia r. (45)
Sunday October 26, 2008, 1:10 pm
Yes, I am tired of the Neg atmosphere of the campaigns.,both National and Local. I think it is sending bad Karma out among the people. I don't know about all of you, but I am ready to dream a little and believe a little. Sid, you are so right, people are so much more than politics.

Cam V. (417)
Monday October 27, 2008, 1:37 am
I think your country needs people like you in the government!

Brother Bernardine (17)
Tuesday January 20, 2009, 4:39 pm
I loath aggressive adds political or otherwise. They clogg up the framework of the internet and bore me to tears on the TV.
They are psychologically damaging to our minds, our hearts and freedoms to think as ordinary people. Br Bernardine +

Past Member (0)
Sunday May 17, 2009, 11:23 pm
Yes Sid, I had tried and tired of negative campaign ads and it is a really good blog describing about it. Thanks...
Laure

Roxanne Muller (4)
Sunday November 15, 2009, 8:13 am
Have you also noticed that all the economic help is all geared towards the middles class people? What happened to those of us who WERE middle class and have been forced into poverty, and cannot even affrd the necissities of life!

Good Bye (43)
Friday November 27, 2009, 7:58 am
Exactly. I've been voting for 39 years, and have watched political campaigns deteriorate from mudslinging to character assassination and outright lies. I am sick to death of "I may be bad, but he is far, far worse and more dangerous!" campaigns. The campaign Lee Atwater put together to discredit Michael Dukakis was, at the time, the most vile attack I had ever seen.

I want to hear a plan, a serious plan for every plank in a candidate's platform. I want to see position papers that describe realistic and honest answers, with no shilly-shallying and no bull. As long as we eat what the politicians are dishing out, we get what we deserve.

Megan C. (22)
Saturday December 19, 2009, 10:52 am
THANK YOU!!! Every time I see an election commercial I automatically change the channel. They are so negative and half the time there just twisted words. They're also almost always one sided. Why can't they just do away with the commercials altogether?

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Friday June 18, 2010, 6:50 am
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Jaime Holguin (15)
Friday June 18, 2010, 4:18 pm
All the negativity in campaigns is just absurd. People need to care about each other and how they represent themselves, not worry about how another person is portrayed. The problem, however, is bound to persist because no one is brave enough to stop it.

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Search Lackey (0)
Saturday July 24, 2010, 8:57 pm
negative campaign ads is unfortunately what politics is all about today.

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Julie F. (67)
Saturday August 7, 2010, 1:05 pm
I am very tired of them. I say everyone should get x amount of dollars to campaign and can only talk about themselves.

Kathleen B. (272)
Saturday October 9, 2010, 1:21 pm
I too am sick and tired of all the negative campaign adds. If you listen to them, there is nobody to vote for. Perhaps that is the lesson to be learned here. Americans should shut down the government, and start all over again. There shouldn't be any campaign funding. There shouldn't be special interest, and most definitely no earmarks. From the President down, all politicians have the same health care, retirement, and medical treatment that US workers do. Nothing special. You want to run and spend you $ to get elected, help yourself. Too much greed and bribery, lies, cover ups. Where is the transparency. What happened to that. Perhaps the term limits should be every year. Then they wouldn't be able to be so comfy in there jobs, and only working for the people prior to election time.

Susan T. (21)
Sunday December 12, 2010, 10:07 am
Is anyone NOT sick of these ads? I get to the point of voting for candidates as a result of their rivals ads.
I rarely hear candidates talk about what they are about...instead they just want to tell me why I shouldn't vote for their opponent. They will lie.
Why don't we follow Englands lead and prosecute (jail) candidates that lie about their opponents?
If they are willing to lie to get into office, I gotta believe they are willing to lie to stay in office. After all, the benefits are great! And they can vote themselves better ones.

These are not the people I want representing me.

Susan T. (21)
Saturday January 15, 2011, 9:43 am
How have we gotten the political system "normalized" in a way that we have a system where the only candidates that can afford to be elected are the very people we do not want in public office?
Campaign finance needs to be addressed. Soon
Lies (mis-leading info) should be prosecuted.
Transparency about the candidates... Honest.
Candidates should only be allowed to talk about themselves.

Susan T. (14)
Saturday January 15, 2011, 4:20 pm
You betcha! Unquote. We NEVER get a word about what the electee is about or running for or hi/her ideas.
therefore I am done with cable news.

Ralph R Sutton (56)
Sunday January 30, 2011, 2:47 pm
I completely agree Sid, but what we the voters have to understand is candidates do not want to commit to a particular position on any issue and to avoid doing so they attempt to make their opponent look bad with negative adds. By being vague on issues they retain the flexibility they need to follow the want's of their wealthy backers once they are in office. It is almost impossible to find Congressmen like Berny Sanders who will tell you his position on issues and will actually fight for the common people while in office. Far too often the only choice we have is the lesser of two evils.

Tiffany D. (0)
Wednesday April 27, 2011, 12:06 pm
YES! I have thought that forever. They seem to spend so much time dragging each other down instead of showing the good they themselves can do. Thats a pretty cheap campaign plan--smearing your opponents in order to win. :(

Mital Malua (1)
Tuesday May 31, 2011, 10:57 pm
I am really sick receiving phone calls : anoyne

Irene S. (2)
Thursday July 21, 2011, 12:36 pm
Also, corporations can give huge amounts of money to politician's campaigns in a form of legal bribery. Newcomers without money have no chance against them and the incumbents stay in office. We need an honest president who isn't rich or corrupt!

Jane Warren (8)
Friday July 22, 2011, 8:37 am
Many of your thoughts are similar to those of voters in Canada, where the Conservative party just started negative campaigning.
Can I borrow some of your words?

Deama T. (0)
Sunday October 9, 2011, 4:21 pm
I for one and sick and tired of this. It just needs to stop! Grown-ups are acting like 2 year olds if you ask me. That is just my opinion.

Friv Games (0)
Thursday October 13, 2011, 7:39 pm
Great, Thanks for sharing

Lori weldon (0)
Wednesday October 19, 2011, 7:03 am
Wow someone I totally agree with and when you get the flyers at home ..i always check n see who paid for them ..our taxes ,, I love how they have 2500.00 plate dinners .. that could feed alot of children, fix a home for the homeless, get a vet off the street, etc. The politicians are in it for the money in their pockets not ours at all. When will the people get a real break and a man or woman with strength n brains really be elected for the people.. never unless you have money in your pocket and a million dollar smile to go with it . Fake, liars and not looking out for the american people who are the backbone to america .. the middleman.. us. just making it everyday. I lost my business n now my credit is so bad i cant even get a loan and went to the state for help but since i didnt have a job they would not help me for a one time payment of 1200.00 .. and i have been paying taxes for over 30 years .. I am a homeowner ..and was told no emergency assistance for you available since you dont work.. and almost lost my home. Got to have money to be heard.. if it wasnt for us .. they would not exist.. finally I only buy American .. we need to stop helping everyone else til we get done helping ourselves .. there should never be a homeless, unfed person in america , a child on our streets because their dad lost his job so he couldn't get a loan, (he was born here) taxes and the banks who were backed...then took his home... what do our children have to look forward to. Some people don't even want them to eat near them or fly with them.. how can you have a family in america anymore.. Maybe if no one voted at all , since no one to vote for .. what would happen then ?? I have put my own name in for local elections even .. it ends up being a throw away vote but no one to vote for. Sorry I could go on n on about alot.. but who 'd listen anyway .. n reversing Global warming costs.. money out of their pockets .. isnt anyone thinking of the future anymore ?? We should elect a child... n start over ..

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Kevin A. (68)
Thursday April 12, 2012, 10:13 pm
I am sure that such negative campaigning is as old as elections.I have often wondered though what would result if we ALL opted not to vote for any candidate that uses such negative ads. All of the parties seem to use them. All of the candidates seem to use them. Who would we have left?

Charles P. (0)
Friday May 18, 2012, 10:17 am
Yes I am very concerned about how our government is acting. what went wrong with "We The People"? I thought the people told the government what to do not the other way around.hope it get's better soon

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mike hankins (1)
Monday May 20, 2013, 3:41 pm
go on tv and state there goals? for what its all a lie as far as the melting pot theory,kinda sounds like affirmative action special rights which kinda smacks democracy in the face.term limits for sure are needed and all lawyers and bankers should be banned

Debbie S. (33)
Friday June 7, 2013, 12:54 pm
Good post. I don't think negative campaigning should be allowed. They need to run on their own merit and tell us their views....no one does that anymore. Our system is broken and needs to change. Also they need to let third parties in the debates. The third party candidates had to have their own debates and the mainstream media didn't air them. The mainstream news media seems to be bought and paid for by political parties.....where is the real America? Doesn't seem to be here anymore.

Johanna Spalding (0)
Sunday August 4, 2013, 11:42 pm
I also dislike all of the negativity and bashing that politicians do. I wish they would find ways to work together instead of against each other. I wish Money did not make the laws and the people did.

. (0)
Wednesday August 21, 2013, 8:13 pm
here in BC the provincial election was all negative ads and actually all lies, but the ruling party, everyone said they hated the ads, but they won and then revealed the lies.

Peggy A. (0)
Thursday August 29, 2013, 8:29 am
So tired of negativity.

Tanya Selth (0)
Wednesday January 1, 2014, 2:35 pm
We get this heaps in Australia too, its really aweful and makes me feel no respect for those parties.

and the lies too.. They should be forced to be honest, they hardly ever do what they have promised.

Kelley Eubanks (0)
Friday January 31, 2014, 9:20 pm
Well stated! Just what happened to allow us know exactly what they sustain? Appears they would rather 'mention to on each various other' like children. And yes, they ought to all be held responsible for their activities.

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Pamela Dubsky (3)
Saturday February 15, 2014, 4:11 pm
I too am so tired of the political negative campaign ads. I won't vote for anyone that continues to do this. I sometimes MUTE the ad, but they need to just stop. There is too much negativity and bad news already in society, enough already!

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