Joyce L. Arnold, Liberally Independent, Queer Talk, equality activist, writer.
We’re less than a week into the official Obama/Biden vs. Romney/Ryan – the only two party candidates considered newsworthy – matchup, and the two campaigns have already moved to the dog story level. No offense meant to dogs, or dog lovers, but this (not unusual) low level of campaign marketing stupidity is one more indication of how the Candidates view the Electorate.
From Ben Smith at Buzzfeed: Why The Presidential Campaign Got So Mean Tuesday: Mirror image campaigns run away from policy. Phasers set on kill.
Mitt Romney’s choice of Paul Ryan was supposed to transform the 2012 presidential campaign away from what Politico called the ‘smallest’ campaign ever into something grand and honorable. …
‘It’s essentially a choice by Mitt Romney to say sure, let’s have a big debate about the big choices facing the American economy and American spending,’ said CNN’s John King.
The Obama campaign, too, stopped talking about horses and tax returns for a moment to lick its lips at the prospect of a policy debate Democrats believe they can win … .
Three days later, the campaign has reached its ugliest, most fevered moment. President Obama himself invoked an old story about Romney strapping a dog to the roof of his car. The Chairman of the Republican National Committee shot back with a jibe about Obama having eaten dog as a schoolboy in Indonesia.
Nothing unusual about such “ugly” campaign stupidity, but then, that’s the problem: it’s frequently the level of “let me tell you why you should vote for me” we’re suppose to listen to, and base a voting decision upon.
Smith noted other “ugly” language: Biden suggests the GOP wants to
… put voters back ‘in chains.’ Romney demanded Obama takes his campaign of ‘division and anger and hate back to Chicago.’ Obama’s spokesman called him ‘unhinged.’
The “ugly” atmosphere of stupidity quickly made its presence felt from Facebook to Twitter to bloggy comments to old fashion letters to the editor, in print.
The campaigns had not been, to this point, parallel, but now they’re dark mirror images. …
Obama still doesn’t want to talk about the economy. Romney doesn’t want to talk about Medicare.
And so they have found something else to talk about: one another.
Which leaves the Electorate where? As Vast Left put it in an August 13 Facebook post:
2012 Election: A ticket that wants to destroy the safety net vs. one that will do it with sober reluctance.
Meanwhile, in Columbus, Ohio, one example of some of the Electorate working to get beyond the stupid ugly. Via Student Power 2012:
Students Converge At Obama Office To Reclaim Voice
Students from across the country marched from Ohio State University Student Union to President Obama’s campaign office to hold a press conference yesterday (August 13), calling into question the injustices of our current economic and political system. …
The demonstration highlighted how our electoral system and politicians have failed our youth on the critical issues of education, gender equality, racial justice, environmental sustainability, and basic respect for human rights. Neither party has the audacity to confront these injustices, nor do they attempt to facilitate any type of connection with us on these issues, which disproportionately affect women, LGBTQ people, youth, and people of color. …
Along with gender and sexuality injustice, we have learned that no matter who we vote for, we cannot avoid the controlling interests of corporations such as Goldman Sachs and Exxon Mobil dominating our political process. …
This fall, regardless of where we lie on the political spectrum, it is crucial that we come together on campuses across the country to reclaim our future before it’s too late. Join us November 14th – 21st as part of a global week of student action, demonstrating that we in the U.S. are committed to global justice and the international student movement. Here. Us. Now.
Okay, I know we have to pay some attention to Romney/Ryan/Obama/Biden, if for no other reason than they have a lock on the WH. But there is a great deal more going on and being said than what’s coming from the Corporate Campaigns. As a part of the efforts to break the Duopoly stranglehold – and because we really are in very big trouble – I hereby (and for the umpteenth time) suggest also listening to other voices.
The Next Election: High Stake Outcomes Based on Non-issues, Paul Craig Roberts;
Will 2012 be the Final Election of Lesser Evilism?, Shamus Cooke; On Politics, Occupy, the Tea Party and the Global Financial Crisis”, Noam Chomsky and Sebastian Meyer; NYC Activists Give Spectra An Unwelcoming Party, OWS; Single-Payer Champions Out-Hawk Ryan on Deficit, Sharon Johnson; The Democratic Party Sleeps on FDR’s Legacy, Ralph Nader; Social Security, at 77, Under Fierce Attack, Bernie Sanders; Ten Reasons I’m Not with Barack, Russell.