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Language, the media, and the endless campaign

Don’t turn on your television today if you don’t want to hear someone say “lipstick on a pig.”

Believe it or not, we’re trying to elect the next U.S. president, and everyone has their knickers in a twist over an old, old English figure of speech. Obama used it to describe some of McCain’s proposals; McCain insisted Obama was insulting Sarah Palin (well, if the shoe fits … ) Presto. The news channels have something to fill their air for another day or two.

Sheesh! Can we just talk about the issues? You know, the old I.S.S.U.E.S. The stuff that matters. The stuff that affects my income, my lifestyle, whether my grandkids will get a decent education in public schools (as I did), whether my son will still have a job in ten years. The stuff we want to know about before we vote in November.

Enough with the pigs and the slop-slinging, the empty clichés, the prevaricating, obfuscating, and name calling. I want the truth! I can handle the truth! So far, though, it appears the candidates and the media can’t handle it.

6 Comments »

  1. Haven’t you paid attention, dear? This isn’t a campaign about issues, it’s about personalities. Rick Davis from the McCain campaign said so. 😛
    Anyhow, yeah, this is an idiodic pseudo-issue that needs to go away quickly.
    ________
    Yeah, my son said the same thing. “Forget issues. The candidates won’t be going there this year.” So is THAT why everyone is fixated on pigs and lipstick?

    I think I’m going to be sick … 😦

  2. Well, you know the media. You can’t make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear.
    ________
    OMG, I can’t believe you said that! You’re so funny!! 😆

  3. Amen.
    _____________
    After eight years, we’re finally going to elect a brand new president, and with Election Day less than two months away, all they can talk about is lipstick!!?? That laughter in the background is the rest of the world laughing at us.

  4. I really feel sorry for pigs and ‘old’ fish. Pick on some other animals! 🙂
    __________
    Admittedly this whole flap has been incredibly unfair to pigs. Old fish, I don’t worry about so much.

  5. Hey 30
    This has been politics for many years now. And the media continues to dumb itself down because the idiots think the rest of us are as stupid and mono-brained as they are. The good news is that it’s almost over – the election cycle anyway. The bad news is that the media never met a sound bite (especially a potentially insulting one) that they didn’t like.
    Annie
    _________
    … and the worst news is that the next election cycle will begin January 21. 😦

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