Political Ads

@dawnald (84132)
Shingle Springs, California
October 12, 2010 11:12am CST
I gave Dearra 2 days to post this and she didn't, so it's MINE. bwa ha ha... We're sitting there watching TV, and the commercials come on. Political ad after political ad after political ad. So Dearra says to me, "Mom, why are they allowed to talk bad about the other candidates like that? I'm never going to vote for anybody who does that!" "Well, Dearra, they are hoping that people will vote based on what the ads say, instead of doing their homework and finding out what the person really stands for, their voting record, etc." "Well that's STUPID!" Ah, the 13 year old perspective on things, so refreshing. :D "Mom, if I were running for office I would make an ad like this:" Don't vote for somebody just because their opponent says bad things about them. Vote for them because you agree with what they stand for. - I'm Dearra and I approve this message! hahaha Now she's going to come on over here and correct everything I just said. It seems to be the only time she gets on myLot any more! lol
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@gewcew23 (8011)
• United States
12 Oct 10
She's very wise and more grown up compared to some of the people I have read around here. I wish most people had her logic.
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@dawnald (84132)
• Shingle Springs, California
12 Oct 10
Yes, me too!
@aerous (13474)
• Philippines
16 Oct 10
That really bad for politicians. They say bad words to their opponents to encourage vote from their constituent... Your daughter dream about political is really good. But politics really dirty game...
@dawnald (84132)
• Shingle Springs, California
18 Oct 10
Yes, it is a dirty game!
@aerous (13474)
• Philippines
25 Oct 10
yup! My friends. Politics really a dirty game because politicians do whatever they use to win the game. If they need to kill they kill. If they need to scandalize their opponent they did it...
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• United States
13 Oct 10
Dearra, politicians who have nothing to say about what they would or could or have done, rarely do anything more than attack other people. Those that should be elected are the ones that don't hem and haw, but give real answers to serious questions. The people are finally learning those lessons, but the lifelong politicians - not so much. You are a very smart young lady.
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@dawnald (84132)
• Shingle Springs, California
13 Oct 10
Unfortunately, you end up with a political race in which both candidates are doing the same thing...
• United States
13 Oct 10
Sad, but true. I think that's why we are seeing so many step into the political ring that were not there before. Let's hope if they win, they don't turn from princes and princesses into frogs! lol
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@saphrina (31740)
• South Africa
13 Oct 10
I think i should borrow her for a while Dawny. I need someone with good sense to teach the toadies, here. Send her, would you. Thanx. TATA.
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@dawnald (84132)
• Shingle Springs, California
13 Oct 10
are you going to be able to feed her? She's a teenager, after all...
@saphrina (31740)
• South Africa
13 Oct 10
If i can handle my nephews eating habits i am sure that she won't starve or something.
@BarBaraPrz (19348)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
12 Oct 10
Yeah! Whatever happened to "If you can't say something nice about someone, don't say anything all"?
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@dawnald (84132)
• Shingle Springs, California
12 Oct 10
Apparently it doesn't apply to politics...
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@BarBaraPrz (19348)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
12 Oct 10
Ah! I see. Thanks for clearing that up.
@Hatley (164757)
• Garden Grove, California
20 Oct 10
hi dawn start again, my whole response went bye bye. Dearra is one smart little cookie and she could not have put it better, I do not think I could have worded it better myself. The youngsters look at things with innocense and pure logic and they are so right. We should not vote against someone just because their opponents say mean things bout them, we should vote ony if we agree with what they stand for.I have to get busy and decided who I am going to vote for and send in my absentee 'ballet.
@dawnald (84132)
• Shingle Springs, California
20 Oct 10
I have to decide too...
@hofferp (4739)
• United States
19 Oct 10
I'd vote for Dearra right now, if she was eligible to run. Wouldn't it be nice if we could just hear what the candidates stand for, truly see what they've done in the past (real transparency), and know that they wouldn't cave after getting in to office? You've done well by your kids....
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@dawnald (84132)
• Shingle Springs, California
19 Oct 10
It would be nice, but good luck with that!
@dorannmwin (36698)
• United States
15 Oct 10
Well, if she ever does run for office, be sure to let me know about it because I will most definitely vote for someone that is that straight forward and honest. I actually hate elections because I really don't like slander and it really does feel like slander to me when people are saying this that and the other bad things about people. I never really know what to believe. That said, I wish that there would be a candidate that would tell the truth and nothing but the truth at some point.
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@dawnald (84132)
• Shingle Springs, California
15 Oct 10
I wish... Seriously, if they are going to point out bad things about the other candidates, they ought to be required to back it up with evidence, ie their voting record or something. But I'd really rather hear about what they stand for.
@Memnon (2173)
14 Oct 10
She has a perfectly valid point. In reality I expect that an awful lot of us vote the way we do because we don't want the 'other side' to get in. More often than not we end up thinking about partisan issues rather than the merits of local candidates. It would horrify politicians to think that we actually expected them to do something for the community that elected them!
@dawnald (84132)
• Shingle Springs, California
14 Oct 10
Oh they know we expect them to do something, but if we could actually hold them accountable when they don't, that would horrify them!
• Philippines
13 Oct 10
Wow. She's very smart. And very straightforward about her opinions. You must be very proud of her, Dawn.
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@dawnald (84132)
• Shingle Springs, California
13 Oct 10
Yeah I want to be like her when I was her age. At least mostly...
@gdesjardin (1938)
• United States
13 Oct 10
Outta the mouths of babes!!! There are times when I think children would do a much better job of running the world than adults. They see things very black and white, not gray like us adults do at times. I love when opposing parties dig up all kinds of dirt on their others past. Does something someone did in high school truly affect how they turned out today? I sure am glad I don't get judged on things I have done in the past...I will admit, if I was, I would be in trouble. Do we care if the future president stole a candy bar at age 8?? Will that really impact how he will run the country?? I think people sometimes don't think. Also, if you have a better campaign manager, that prepares great speeches for the candidates does that mean the actual candidate can run the country?? Well, again, maybe we need to have your daughter run for President.
@dawnald (84132)
• Shingle Springs, California
13 Oct 10
Maybe we should! Or maybe she's too smart for that!
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@marguicha (90224)
• Chile
13 Oct 10
Good for your Dearra! But tell her that if she wants something, she has to do all the homework herself. I would have been thrilled to read this from her. I understand the pleasure of the proud mother to show her bright girl but I´d preferred to comment this with her.
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@dawnald (84132)
• Shingle Springs, California
13 Oct 10
Soon as I tell her this discussion is here, she'll be on here straightening me out!
@paula27661 (15899)
• Australia
13 Oct 10
Dearra is a very smart young lady, maybe she should run for office! Or maybe not,,,She’s too intelligent for that (LOL)! I hope she comes back here because I know she would have really good discussions for us to enjoy! Oh well, we’ll make do with just hearing about her...
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@dawnald (84132)
• Shingle Springs, California
13 Oct 10
I hope she comes back too!
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@GardenGerty (96643)
• Marion, Kansas
13 Oct 10
It is pretty bad when a thirteen year old can see more clearly than voting adults. I have heard about so much lying and half truths during this election that it is hard to know who to vote for. In my state, and in others, rivals have manipulated sound bites to say exactly the opposite of what was intended It is pretty sad.
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@dawnald (84132)
• Shingle Springs, California
13 Oct 10
Sad, but effective, or they wouldn't do it!
@ElicBxn (60762)
• United States
13 Oct 10
so where is she? Tell her that adults hate homework as much as she does, and they don't have to do it if they don't mind being led around by the nose like some dumb bull, just to be led into the bull ring to be slaughtered. Besides, they are hoping to turn out those non-voters or independents who might not vote otherwise. after all, there are about 30% who will vote Democratic and 30% who'll vote Republican, so it is the critical independent and not normally voting people who swing the election.
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@dawnald (84132)
• Shingle Springs, California
13 Oct 10
Fear mongering works, that is probably the bottom line here...
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@cynthiann (18619)
• Jamaica
12 Oct 10
I think that Dearra is very bright. She has cut to the heart of things and I do hope that she will make a difference. Out here, it seems as if the bully is more respected so the louder and more aggressive he is - the more his constituents vote for him. I hope that she spearheads a new beginning in your political scene. We tend to get jaded as we age. The post is funny but it is also very pertinent and true. Three cheers for Dearra. Hip, hip anyone? A big HURRAY from me. You go girl!!
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@dawnald (84132)
• Shingle Springs, California
12 Oct 10
I hope she does too. Maybe she'll find herself a group of like minded people and make a difference!
@vandana7 (62278)
• India
12 Oct 10
Genes! Is she as calm and collected as you are Dawny? :) I am beginning to like Germans a lot!
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@dawnald (84132)
• Shingle Springs, California
12 Oct 10
OH no, she gets all emotional...
• United States
12 Oct 10
I guess I was born jaded. When I was 13 til now I know the best way to know a politician is lying is to see if they lips are moving. They Have to lie to get the job And keep it! Voting for an honest man/woman would feel good but give them a week on the Hill and they will learn how to lie like the others. So I go by if he/she has the b@lls to say they are for abortion rights. That's my candidate. This is the only issue i care about.
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@dawnald (84132)
• Shingle Springs, California
12 Oct 10
Of course, they may say it, but then do they end up voting that way. You're right, they get corrupted pretty quickly, most of them.
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