Less political advertising, please

By Melissa O’Beck  |Staff Writer|

Hats off to our former and now reelected President, Barack Obama. Your victory marks the end of the election year, and the relief to my intolerable agony.
I’m sure I am not the first, and certainly will not be the last to say “Phew, the election is over.”
It’s not that I didn’t thoroughly enjoy all 3,692 political Facebook post polluting my news-feed, or six automated phone calls a day informing me who to vote for while soaking up my data plan.
Furthermore, it has never been so enjoyable tuning into prime time television and being bombarded with “this message has been approved by…” during every other commercial.
However, I suppose I can say I appreciate the campaign commercials, not because it influenced my vote, but because it finally inspired me to invest into DVR.
“I am so thankful the election is over so I no longer have to see ignorant Facebook and Instagram post. Ugh,” said student Sami Walker.
Sorry to put a damper on political advertising, but enough is enough.
Apparently, I am not alone in my distaste for overwhelming, in-your-face propaganda.
“I’m relieved it is all over because I don’t want anymore campaign junk mail piled on my kitchen counter. For the love of god, save a tree!” said student Ally Davis.
But is it really over?
Sadly, the end of an election campaign does not mean that intense partisans from either party will put down their rhetorical swords.
This is a divided country: Not since April has the gap between support for Obama and support for Romney in the major poll averages ever been more than 5 percentage points, according to a recent article in Daily News.
Not everyone can be a winner, so unfortunately the rants from the losing team will continue to haunt us.
The Republican party supporters will continue to post, blog and sit around at Starbucks participating in elevated debates about how their future has been mortgaged and they will be unemployed for yet another four years.
Ironically, many of these same people seemed to have gotten lost on the way to the polls, or maybe while they were too busy on their raging rants on Facebook, election day passed them by.
A survey from US Government.com found that 28 percent of infrequent voters and 23 percent of those unregistered said they do not vote or do not register to vote because they are “too busy”.
Here is how I see it. Stop blaming the government, take responsibility and control over your own life and it really won’t matter who is in office.
If you want a job, get one. Spend less time being a wannabe politician and pointing the finger and more time being proactive about your own life.
Sometimes it’s a Republican in office and sometimes it’s a Democrat, but either way, at the end of the day your life is in your own hands.
Not all of the president bashing and alcohol induced arguments on who should be in office in the world is going to pay your bills or help you succeed.
While it’s never really over, I’ll be perfectly content with no longer having to dodge petition peddlers, a lighter load in my mailbox, and a few less phone calls everyday.


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