Q: How can you tell when a politician is lying?

A: Their lips are moving…

I always think of that old joke anytime a political ad comes on the TV or radio.  I don’t know if they are lying all the time, but I am sure they are more often than not.  And yes, ladies and gentlemen, those ore the people leading our country.  I know I had said many times I would not talk about politics here, but I just needed to vent a bit.

I watched the first ad for Romney the other day, and sure enough it wasn’t an ad saying what he could do for us, but said what Obama did not do for us.  Is that Romney’s platform?  Telling us what Obama didn’t do in his term?  I don’t think we need some rich dude to tell us that.  If he wants my vote, he NEEDS to tell us what he can do for us.  The more negative ads I see for a politician, the more I will vote for the other guy because of it.  It’s probably not the right thing to do, but it is MY vote, and I can use it as I see fit.

I have talked with a number of friends lately, not specifically about politics, but just general conversations, where “voting” comes up.  I was surprised on how many people do not vote because of the ad campaigns.  They are intelligent people mind you, that simply toss their vote away because of the bickering.  I was a little upset when I heard this, but the more I thought about it, I changed my view.  It is THEIR vote to use as they see fit.  Part of me also would like to not vote as well, but I feel voting is my RIGHT, and I want to exercise that right as long as I can.  Who knows when/if it will be taken away.  Stranger things have happened…

So, just a bit ago, I got a knock at the door.  It was some lady running for a local State Representative position.  It was actually her knocking on my door.  I hear about this kind of thing happening on the news, but this might be the first time one knocked on my door.  She asked me what kind of changes i would like to see happen.  I was so caught off guard by not only the knock, but by the question as well.  Why would she care about what I would like to see?  I don’t have deep pockets to fund her campaign.

Strangely, that is seriously the first thought that crossed my mind.  I instantly thought of corruption in the government.  Why?  Because off all the negative ads we all see.  They, as politicians, are hurting themselves whether they know it or not.

I told her that I was really not a very political person, and she should ask someone else.  She told me that she was getting A LOT of that same sentiment from other people she meets.  She said she was trying to change the negative ad approach in her campaign.   I nodded and took her pamphlet.  She left.  I did notice her lips moving, and that is what prompted me to write this.  I wonder if she really was lying…

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